Summer is fast approaching and if the past two years have taught smartphone fans anything, it’s that Sprint and HTC are preparing to launch a new flagship smartphone. The EVO 4G burst onto the scene in 2010 and raised the bar for Android smartphones around the world. While the handset’s successor, the EVO 3D, was unable to recapture the magic brought about by the original model, it was still a cutting-edge smartphone worthy of the EVO brand. Now it’s 2012, and rumors suggest one of the most impressive smartphones ever to be produced is coming soon to Sprint. Based on the HTC One X, Sprint’s new flagship smartphone will seemingly be chocked full of technology including a 4.7-inch high-definition display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Android 4.0, Sense 4.0, 4G LTE and a gigantic battery. Will Sprint and HTC’s new EVO-branded device rock the industry like the original did two years ago? Hit the break for our live coverage of Sprint and HTC’s press conference, which is set to kick off at 5:30 p.m. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDT.
UPDATE: Be sure to check out our hands-on preview of the HTC EVO 4G LTE!
5:28PM:Ok guys – we’re seated and the crowd is finally starting to settle in. The presentation should begin in the next few minutes.
5:32PM:Here we go, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is on stage
5:34PM:Mr. Hesse is talking about Sprint’s Network Vision. Better data speeds, better 3G and LTE
5:35PM:“This new EVO will be the first U.S. phone to use an enhanced voice technology”
5:35PM:The technology is called “HD Voice”
5:36PM:HTC’s president Jason Mackenzie has taken the stage.
5:38PM:“We are proud to introduce HTC EVO 4G LTE exclusively from Sprint”
5:39PM:The EVO is just what customers want, “an amazing camera with incredible sound”
5:40PM:“HTC has always been serious about design, this year our phones not only will look great but also feel great in a customers hand”
5:41PM:Jonah Becker, HTC EVO 4G LTE’s lead designer, has taken the stage.
5:42PM:Becker is speaking about the passion and dedication HTC brought to the new EVO.
5:43PM:A video is playing showing HTC engineers crafting the new EVO
5:45PM:Becker: “Red accents make it clear it’s an EVO”
5:46PM:“The new EVO is a multimedia power house…the hardware is a passage to your content.”
5:47PM:“We brought back the kickstand and its absolutely perfect”
5:49PM:Sprint and HTC are both pushing the camera’s fast shutter speed and crisp images. The f/2.2 lens will let in more light than any other smartphone.
5:50PM:EVO will also let you do video and photo mode at the same time.
5:51PM:Meno, a professional photographer, is talking about the EVO’s incredible camera in a short video.
5:52PM:The still images in the video look stunning…
5:55PM:The EVO 4G LTE will feature Beats Audio technology, as all other new HTC handset do
5:56PM:Beats Audio was only briefly mentioned, we are watching a short video about “HD Voice” now
5:57PM:There will be a live demonstration of HD Voice during our hands-on time.
5:58PM:The EVO 4G LTE will be available in the second quarter for $199
5:59PM:Pre-orders will begin May 7th