Unimpressive Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE battery may prove decisive

By Alan Ng - Apr 6, 2012

So Sprint has finally unveiled their next flagship smartphone, but it wasn’t the EVO ‘One’ name that we all expected to see. Instead the company officially unwrapped the not so glamorous HTC Evo 4G LTE, but it still packs some very impressive features.

For Sprint customers, it is easily the best smartphone to date on the network and still arguably the best Android smartphone on paper. For a US first, Sprint announced that the Evo 4G LTE would be the first smartphone to feature HD Voice, which promises unrivaled call quality that perhaps even the Apple iPhone cannot match.

The technology is already available sporadically in Europe, but Sprint has got themselves a major coup by bringing HD Voice to the US for the first time with the Evo 4G LTE.

As for the hardware specs, they largely match up with the AT&T One X as expected, but there is one major disappointment which sticks out for us. The device will feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch display and an 8MP camera just like the HTC One X, but after heavy speculation that Sprint’s device would feature a battery similar to that of the beastly Droid RAZR MAXX, we’re sad to see that HTC has just put a standard battery inside the Evo 4G LTE.

We were really looking forward to seeing that 2,650mAh battery in an official capacity, but instead Sprint has revealed that the Evo 4G LTE will just pack a 2,000mAh battery instead. Sprint customers will still get a slight battery life advantage over the HTC One X on AT&T which packs a paltry 1800mAh battery, but we think you’ll agree with us that just 2,000mAh is not what anyone expected to see – especially with the heavy emphasis on 4G LTE data support.

Then again, Sprint customers may not really care about the battery overlook. Some users may not be heavy data users as others, and just having a top of the range Android 4.0 phone with 4G support could be sufficient enough. It means that the Droid RAZR MAXX is still in another league in terms of battery life potential, but we just hope that future Android releases this year will attempt to close the gap.

What is your initial reaction to the HTC Evo 4G LTE on Sprint? Is it already your next smartphone, or are you a little disappointed that it didn’t include a bigger battery? We have a feeling that the HTC One X is going to struggle with just 1,800mAh – let’s hope that the 200mAh extra juice in the Evo 4G LTE makes the difference.

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