Apple Culprit Behind HTC One X, Sprint EVO 4G LTE Delays at Customs

Two of HTC’s flagship and most popular phones in its lineup will be delayed as they head into the U.S. at the U.S. Customs office due to concerns that those models may infringe on Apple’s designs and patents. As a result of Apple’s ongoing lawsuits against Android manufacturers, HTC’s One X for AT&T and the variant that’s headed to Sprint as the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be delayed, the company confirmed late Tuesday.

In a prepared statement to All Things D, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer says:

The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.

While the AT&T version of the HTC One X has already launched with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 4G LTE support with HSPA+ backhaul, Sprint’s variant is anticipated to arrive this Friday into the hands of eager consumers. Like the AT&T version, the EVO 4G LTE will support 4G LTE on the Now Network when Sprint pulls the trigger, but users who adopt the device at this early stage will be limited to 3G EVDO speeds unfortunately.

Neither Sprint nor AT&T are commenting beyond what HTC is already saying at this time.

The One series is now HTC’s flagship smartphone line, similar to how Samsung brands its devices under the Galaxy name, with the One X headlining that lineup. Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE could be seen as a One X variant with some cosmetic differences.