Sprint and HTC are holding a press conference Wednesday evening for what is expected to be the unveiling of the Now Network’s next generation EVO device. Said to be based off of the impressive One X’s hardware, many are anticipating that this handset will be the true successor to the original HTC EVO 4G, which Sprint customers have been waiting on for almost two years. The rumor mills have been churning mighty hard with much speculation, but we’ve compiled a list of what we’re expecting to see at tonight’s shindig.
1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor
Sure, the HTC One X offers a quad-core processor, but Sprint’s version will reportedly pack a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz instead. Why? Because NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor doesn’t play well with 4G LTE networks. It’s a bit of a trade off, but we’re excited that Sprint’s adopting the faster data network and can’t wait to see what kind of speeds we’ll get with this flagship beauty.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich is Google’s latest and greatest mobile operating system and it places a major focus on the end-user experience. Android 4.0 operates at a much smoother pasce and introduces awesome new features like Android Beam NFC sharing, a redesigned photo editor and swipe controlled notifications. Plus, there’s a totally revamped user interface that’s leaps and bounds over what Gingerbread offers. Sprint has already committed to carrying over ten Google Wallet devices in 2012 and, with Ice Cream Sandwich running the show, we’d definitely enjoy the inclusion of NFC hardware.
4.7-inch Super LCD display
The original HTC EVO 4G raised the bar in terms screen size and we’re expecting nothing less from this new device. The HTC One X’s massive 4.7-inch Super LCD display offers some the best image quality we’ve seen on a smartphone to date. In our One X review we found that text was super sharp, games looked incredible and movies were an absolute pleasure to watch. This high-end display is an absolute must-have on Sprint’s next-gen EVO.
3G and 4G LTE Support
Sprint is moving away from its 4G WiMAX network and deploying a newer and faster 4G LTE network in its place. That means Sprint subscribers can expect to see data speeds that are on a par with what we’ve already seen on Verizon and AT&T. Plus, it has a pretty solid roadmap for its roll-out through 2014. We’ve been advised that Sprint’s LTE devices will be equipped with an LTE on/off switch, too, which means you can fall back to the carrier’s EV-DO network to save battery life when you don’t need those super fast data speeds.
HTC Sense 4.0
You may or may not be a fan of custom Android skins, but Sense 4.0 pleads its case to be one of the best. Unlike most pre-installed bloatware, Sense 4.0 introduces some pretty nifty features, including customized lock screens. One of our favorites is the enhanced Beats Audio playback, which is now supported in all music and video applications on the phone. Yes, even in Spotify. Add in Sense 4.0’s optional 25GB of cloud storage from DropBox and this extra layer of software is easily forgiven.
HTC’s Beats Audio technology helps its smartphones top the competition with the clearest and most impressive audio experience we’ve ever heard. Many of us use our phones as personal media players, why not have the best mobile audio experience possible? We’re expecting that Sprint’s EVO One will offer this technology, and it will be the first phone offered by Sprint to do so.
8-Megapixel Camera with 1080p Video
The One X offers an amazing 8-megapixel camera with support for recording 1080p video and we expect Sprint’s device to offer the same tech. HTC included its own ImageSense camera technology in the device, which definitely assists in making sure you’re taking the best photo possible, every time. ImageSense allows you to take photos at an interval of just 0.7 seconds — that’s serious rapid fire — by simply holding down the camera shutter button. It’s also capable of auto-focusing in just 0.2 seconds. The smart LED, which automatically adjusts the brightness at which it will shoot depending on the environment, is just the icing on the cake.