Pre-orders are nice, but there’s no substitute for knowing exactly when your shiny new gadget will be sitting in your hands. For those fans of hyperbolic acronyms eagerly awaiting the HTC EVO 4G LTE, that day is May 18th. The much-anticipated variant of the HTC One X will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. The carrier hasn’t said how much the phone will cost outright, but somewhere in the range of $600 is a fair bet.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE keeps the Snapdragon S4 dual-core, 4.7-inch 720p screen and 16GB capacity of AT&T’s LTE version of the One X, and adds a MicroSD card slot to boot. In a nice nod to the original EVO, its modified plastic and metal body gets a built-in kickstand (and as we’ve said before, we frickin’ love kickstands). It keeps the Android 4.0 operating system, Sense 4.0 skin and 8 megapixel F/2.2 camera, so in most respects beyond the aesthetic, it’s identical to the other LTE models of the One X.
Speaking of LTE: you won’t be getting it at launch. The Now Network’s LTE capability won’t be up and running until later this year, though the company has already started selling LTE phones like the LG Viper. The WiMAX network is being handed down in a metaphorical sense to low-cost subsidiaries like Virgin Mobile, which is launching the HTC EVO V 4G to take advantage of it.