The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus is set to be the first 4G LTE smartphone on Sprint, which is somewhat surprising as we’ve always seen HTC go for such ‘firsts’. They were the first to unveil a 4G WiMAX phone on Sprint (HTC Evo 4G) and also the first to unveil a 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon Wireless (HTC Thunderbolt). So why did they drop the ball this time around?
HTC Jet to sneak in ahead of iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 with LTE this summer?
With rumors suggesting that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus will likely land on April 15th, just as Sprint’s LTE network is expanding, it may be too fast for HTC to fire out an LTE capable device, especially given that they promised to release fewer smartphones in 2012 and only focus on ‘hero’ devices. And that is what the HTC Jet may just be.
According to the folks over at S4GRU who managed to get their hands on an internal Sprint document, the HTC Jet with 4G LTE will land on Sprint in early June. This may very well put it ahead of the other only two rumored Sprint LTE devices, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. The iPhone 5 is now expected to launch any sooner than late mid-summer after WWDC, while the US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will likely be months away from the international version’s launch (could go into the fall)
So what does the HTC Jet have to offer other than LTE? The source suggests that it will be similar to the HTC One X: 1.5 GHz dual core “Krait” (28 nm) CPU, 1GB RAM, CDMA1X, EV-DO Rev 0/A/B, LTE (UE category 3), LTE band class 25 (PCS A-G blocks), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4.7-inch S-LCD 1280×720 screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and a solid polycarbonate body.
Will HTC’s ‘hero’ phone have what it takes to go up against the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5? Sound off in the comments below.