Sprint has confirmed the in-store HTC EVO 4G LTE release date as June 2nd.
After a prolonged delay, the carrier confirmed the date on its website today saying that the device will be in-stock starting in just a few days.
This is great news for customers that have been waiting to get the 4G LTE powered phone since May 18th, its original launch date.
The device will still cost the same $199.99 on-contract through Sprint though it will probably be much cheaper through retailers like Wirefly and Amazon Wireless.
Here is Sprint’s full statement:
Sprint will begin selling HTC EVO 4G LTE for $199.99 in most retail channels (including www.sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1) this Saturday, June 2. Sprint retail stores will operate on regular business hours.
Sprint’s confirmation comes very shortly after the carrier said it would announce a release date for the EVO 4G LTE. It also comes shortly after the device cleared U.S. Customs after a patent dispute with Apple held it there for several days.
Those who pre-ordered the device from Sprint saw the phone arrive last week along with a free case as an apology for the delay.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a hot commodity at the moment as it is Sprint’s third 4G LTE smartphone joining the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper 4G LTE.
Read: HTC EVO 4G LTE Vs. HTC One X.
Specifications on the HTC EVO 4G LTE include a 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 720p HD resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 8MP rear camera that is powered by a dedicated ImageChip and has a physical button, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, an NFC chip for use with services like Google Wallet, and a large 2,000 mAh battery.
It also supports simultaneous 3G data and voice, unlike the previous versions of the HTC EVO series.
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