Well, I suppose it was bound to happen. Just one day before HTC and Sprint kick off their so-called collaboration event in New York City, the team at PocketNow has gotten their hands on what they claim is the first press shot of the device to be unveiled: the EVO One.
The device’s supposed internals sure seem to be a treat, at least according to a tip that Android Central received a few days ago. The ICS-powered EVO One is expected to sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display (which The Verge rightly notes is a slight letdown compared to the One X’s Super LCD 2 panel), an LTE radio, 16GB of onboard storage, and Beats Audio support.
Their tipster also pegs the EVO One’s release date as June 6, which is nearly two years to the day since Sprint and HTC officially released their first Android collaboration, the EVO 4G.
Sadly enough, the device seems to have had all the sexy sucked out of it. Sure, the specs are more than solid and early reports make Sense 4.0 out to be a much-needed improvement over older versions, but really — just look at that thing. It doesn’t help that in the full image below, the device is sandwiched between the One X and the One S, two of the Taiwanese company’s more handsome handsets in recent memory. HTC famously claimed last year that they would refocus their hardware efforts around a smaller number of hero devices, and while the EVO One seems to live up to the name on paper , I really think it could stand to look the part.
Gone are the screen’s rounded edges, as are the meticulously drilled speaker grille holes along the top rim of the device — it’s not a bad design, but one that doesn’t stand out at all. I’m hoping against hope that this image is some clever hoax someone whipped up to turn heads before the official unveiling, but we’ll soon see if it’s real or not as we’ll be on the ground in New York for the event tomorrow night.