Now that the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X are free to enter the U.S. we expect release dates in the coming days and weeks.
These two phones offer similar specs, but several differences are worth noting, especially for users who can pick which carrier they want to use.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X may share some features and looks, but there are a number of differences that are worth investigating before you buy either of these phones.
The HTC One X runs on AT&T and the HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. The HTC One X in this article refers to the U.S. version of the phone which is different from the international version.
Specs & Performance
Both the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X use the same 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, which we found delivers the power needed to keep the phone operating smoothly with the HTC Sense 4.0 interface loaded.
The phones perform much the same, though it is important to remember that the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE does not have a network to connect to yet.
Both the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE support simultaneous voice and data, so it is possible to talk and browse the web at the same time.
Both of the devices are the same size, with the same 4.7 inch 720P Super LCD display. Both of these devices come with a 8MP camera and a the new HTC ImageSense sensor.
When it comes to performance and specs, there are no standout differences between the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X.
While the two devices perform similarly, the design and features offer a number of differences that could make a major difference to the everyday use of the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X.
As you can see in the image below, the HTC EVO 4G LTE has a glossy black upper, a red kickstand and a matte black metal cover. The HTC One X has a single backplate and no kickstand. The One X also has Beats Audio branding on the back, though both devices have this feature.
Neither of the phones has a user replaceable battery.
Though the devices are part of the same family of phones, the HTC EVO 4G LTE packs a number of features not found on the HTC One X.
The spring-loaded HTC EVO 4G LTE kickstand allows users to set the device in landscape mode to watch movies or video chat without holding the phone. This is a much-loved feature from the original EVO and it is good to see this DNA remains.
The EVO 4G LTE on Sprint also has a dedicated camera button. This makes it easier to snap photos once the camera is open, but it cannot launch the camera when the phone display is off or locked. The One X does not have a dedicated camera button, though third-party Android camera apps can turn a volume rocker into a shutter control.
Another feature of the HTC EVO 4G LTE not found on the One X is the Micro SD card slot that allows users to expand the memory of the EVO 4G LTE with a Micro SD HC card. The MicroSD card slot accepts up to a 32GB Micro SDHC card.
Sprint boasts that the HTC EVO 4G LTE is HD Voice capable. HD Voice is a new method of transmitting Wideband audio for voice calls. This delivers clearer calls that really do sound better. Unfortunately the Sprint Network won’t support HD Voice until later this year. AT&T has not shared plans for HD Voice.
Once again Sprint’s Google Wallet partnership pays off. While the One X and the EVO 4G LTE both have NFC, only the EVO 4G LTE supports Google Wallet.
The HTC One X on AT&T comes in white or black, while the HTC Evo 4G LTE on Sprint is only available in the two-tone black and red finish.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X both support 4G LTE networks for 10X faster than 3G connections, but the One X is the only phone available on a carrier with a real 4G LTE network.
AT&T offers 4G LTE in 38 cities shown on the map below. Sprint currently offers no 4G LTE options, though they plan to roll out 4G LTE in Baltimore and Kansas City, followed by expansions in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio during 2012, with further expansions coming in 2013.
Until Sprint’s 4G LTE network rolls out wider, the AT&T One X will connect much faster. Check out this AT&T 4G LTE speed test video to see how fast the AT&T 4G LTE connection is.
The video shows an iPad on AT&T 4G LTE, but the connection mirrors our results with the HTC One X.
If speed and 4G LTE coverage are important, AT&T has a clear lead with the HTC One X.
Pricing and Plans
Just as the phone features and network strengths differ, so do the prices and plans for the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
When it comes to the actual plan, Sprint has a lead because it still offers unlimited data.
- Sprint – Unlimited Minutes and Unlimited Data – $99.99 a month
- AT&T Unlimited Minutes and 5GB Data – $119.99 a month
- Sprint – 900 Minutes and Unlimited Data – $89.99 a month
- AT&T – 900 Minutes and 3GB Data – $89.99 a month
- Sprint – 450 Minutes and Unlimited Data – $69.99 a month
- AT&T – 450 Minutes and 3GB Data – $69.99 a month
While the plan prices are similar, Sprint has a lead in Unlimited data and in the price of unlimited plans.
While the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X are similar, there are enough differences to make users consider which carrier and version is the best fit. There’s no perfect phone, so in this case I suggest figuring out what is most important to you.
If you want to save money on an unlimited data plan, and love the extra features of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint is a good choice, though you’ll live without 4G LTE for a while.
If you are OK with limited data plans and don’t care for the added EVO 4G LTE features, AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivers significantly faster speeds in more cities.
Over 1,000 readers responded to our poll asking which phone they plan to buy and an overwhelming majority (83%) said they would pick the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Check out the results and vote if you haven’t already done so.
Which phone are you buying? Or did you give up for the Galaxy S III or an iPhone?