The One series is HTC’s attempt to unify the branding and look of its Android smartphones in 2012. But HTC had no choice but to cave in to Sprint’s demands to give the HTC One X a slight makeover. Yes, it’s the same treatment that Sprint past offerings have gone through in the name of product differentiation. Android-Life got the exclusive scoop on what HTC EVO One looks like on Sprint, complete with hands-on pictures.

Hardware-wise, this CDMA variant of HTC One X still boasts the same magnificent 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, an 8MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front camera. Things aren’t so clear when it comes to the processor that the HTC EVO One will use. It’s very likely that the phone will be powered by the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor found on the AT&T variant. While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, the HTC EVO One might come with a bigger, 2650mAh battery, a significant upgrade from the 1800mAh unit found on the “regular” HTC One X.

What about the phone’s design? Sadly, it seems that Sprint took the sleek design of the HTC One X and turned it into something less pleasing for the eyes. From what we can tell, the front side of the HTC EVO One was not radically modified. The back part, however, sees the EVO One sporting a red strip that doubles as a kickstand, destroying that smooth polycarbonate unibody look in the process. At least, you’ll be able to watch those episodes of The Walking Dead more comfortably.

Meanwhile, the HTC EVO One’s overall performance is in line with what you expect from a flagship device. The camera, in particular, was praised for its super smooth interface and great picture quality.

Folks, it’s only a matter of hours now before Sprint and HTC make that official announcement regarding the HTC EVO One. Get ready to see the phone in stores on June 6. How do you feel about the design change, though? We trust our readers always go with function over form, right? RIGHT?