We last reported about the HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint when the pre-order page for the phone went live, though going through with the order wasn’t possible back then. Guess what, the carrier now allows customers to pre-order the HTC EVO 4G LTE in all of its kickstand-goodness.

The $199.99 with a 2-year contract price tag matches the price of HTC’s high-end phones from other carriers. Unfortunately, Sprint is still keeping the launch date of the eagerly anticipated phone under wraps. Given the fact that AT&T’s HTC One X has already been released this week, we think that Sprint will want to push its variant of the phone out as soon as possible. The latest rumors indicate that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available starting May 18, and we tend to believe them.

For the uninitiated, the HTC EVO 4G LTE shares some specs with the HTC One X, with the most glaring difference being the phone’s external appearance. Sprint’s version still sports a 4.7-inch HD Super LCD2 screen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP camera – among others. The EVO 4G LTE, however, carries a bigger 2,000mAh battery, a microSD card slot, and an integrated kickstand. It goes without saying that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4 are part of the deal.

Though the HTC EVO 4G LTE is the designated 4G LTE flagship phone for Sprint, it’s worth noting that the 4G LTE service will only be launched in mid-2012, in select areas that include Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio. We somehow think this won’t dissuade EVO supporters from snatching the phone come launch date.

It seems we’ll see HTC phones everywhere soon, what with the availability of the new One series – and its variants – at all major carriers in the US, as well as at several smaller carriers (supposedly plotted for the HTC One V).

Yeah, this is going to be such an awesome year for HTC!