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HTC EVO One pictured in first press shot, to be unveiled on Wednesday

April 3, 2012

HTC’s One series of smartphones has already hit Europe (well, at least some select European countries), but Americans are still drooling over the One S, One V and, especially, the One X.

While initially it was supposed to be an AT&T exclusive, the One X will most likely have a Sprint special version as well, called the EVO One (and also a Verizon edition, most likely called One XL, but that’s a discussion for another time). Our own Bogdan reported on the EVO One news a couple of days back, based on a few rumors around the web that the smartphone will be unveiled this week, and it seems that tomorrow is the big day.

However, despite the fact that the official announcement is still 24 hours away, we managed to get our hands on a first press shot of the HTC EVO One, thanks to our good friends at PocketNow. The EVO One is pictured between AT&T’s One X and T-Mobile’s One S (the photo at the beginning of the article) and, even though you might get the feeling that you are looking at the same phone multiplied by three, there are, of course, some subtle differences between them.

The One S will be sporting a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixels resolution screen and will be powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. With HSPA+42 connectivity, the S is more compact than the X and the EVO One, but then again, it comes with a slightly poorer screen.

The HTC EVO One is said to be based on the One X, but it is obvious from the press release shot that the devices don’t share the same chassis. There are a few similarities though. Both the EVO One and HTC One X (heading to AT&T) feature a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor compared to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor available in the international release. As we’ve found out, this might not necessarily be a bad thing. Both devices also feature similar cameras with HTC’s ImageSense technology and are both 4G LTE capable. But that is where the similarity ends.

The EVO is rumored to feature a 4.7″ AMOLED screen compared to the One X’s Super LCD2 display. AMOLED is generally accepted to be the superior technology, but whether this difference will make a huge difference on the smartphone is yet to be seen.  Another advantage the EVO One has is the availability of a microSD slot, a feature that is (glaringly) missing on the One X. While I am appreciative of the 25GB Dropbox storage for free on the One X, leaving out microSD support is still an oversight. But the biggest difference, and advantage, for me, is the much larger 2650 mAH battery housed in the EVO One (HTC One X has as an 1800mAH battery).According to rumors, the EVO One might also have a kickstand fitted below its camera.

(Rumored) Specifications of the EVO One include:

  • 4.7″ 720p AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 16GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card
  •   8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • 2650 mAH battery
  • Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0
  • Beats Audio
  • LTE

Getting back to our leaked photo today, we can’t say much about this upcoming EVO One, other than the fact that it looks pretty similar (albeit boxier) as the One X, but it appears that the EVO One will be rocking an all-black, classic and mysterious look.

There has to be also said that, as far as we can tell from the pic, the EVO One might not be bulkier than the One X, even though it will feature a considerably larger battery.

As I already mentioned, the EVO One will most likely be officially introduced to the public on Wednesday (that’s tomorrow, if you’re still a bit sleepy and haven’t yet checked your calendar), and, according to Pocket Now, will be hitting Sprint’s shelves on June 6.

Both these pieces of information, as well as the photo itself, haven’t yet been officially confirmed by anyone at HTC or Sprint, so, for the time being, you shouldn’t get overly excited about the prospect of yet another cool phone coming to Sprint. Stay tuned on our website during the following hours or so to find out exactly how much truth lies behind this story!