On March 21, Sprint and HTC sent out an invitation to a “mystery” common event to take place in New York on April 4. Noticed the quotes? We used them because pretty much the entire internet figured out by now that the event will mark the debut of Sprint’s version of the HTC One X.
Previous reports indicated that, initially, only AT&T would carry HTC’s new flagship (possible starting from May), branded as HTC One XL (where L stands for LTE) and powered by a Snapdragon S4, instead of the quad-core Tegra 3 found in the international version.
However, AT&T’s presumed exclusivity would be short-lived: new rumors suggests that the HTC One X will come to Sprint this summer, possibly on June 6, and also to T-Mobile (running on HSPA+ and sporting the Tegra 3 chip, just like the global cousins). According to the latest report, cited by AndroidAndMe, Sprint’s HTC One will probably be named EVO One, or some variation of that, like EVO One LTE.
So, we have a good idea about what Sprint is planning to show us next week, at its press event in New York. But how will the EVO One look like?
Sprint’s EVO One will supposedly be powered by a Snapdragon S4 proc, clocked at 1.5 GHz (just like AT&T’s version) to accommodate LTE. No need to despair about it, though – the S4 has been shown to kick Tegra 3’s butt in some early benchmarks, so you might actually be better off with the dual-core (built on 28 nm technology) S4 processor.
To accommodate the power-hungry LTE connectivity (even with the radio chip embedded in the SoC), Sprint EVO One will have a bigger battery than the One X, which outputs 2650 mAh, significantly more than the 1800 mAh in the global version. The bigger battery isn’t that surprising, in spite of all the talk about the increase power efficiency of the new S4.
On the cosmetic side, the EVO One is said to boast a 4.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is a departure from the international version’s Super LCD screen. Maybe the tipster got confused here? We’ll see.
The EVO One will presumably have a kickstand fitted below its camera and an SD card slot (AT&T’s version won’t have SD support). The phone will be black and red, supposedly resembling the EVO 4G. In spite of the added bulk from the XL battery and the SD slot, the tipster claims that the EVO One still feels very thin. Again, this is something we’ll have to see in order to believe. Of course, the EVO One will ship with Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0.
Just so you know, Sprint will roll out its LTE network this summer, starting in Texas and Atlanta. What do you think? Is Sprint’s supped-up One X flavor worth your interest?