May 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM ET
Here's a quick update for those out there waiting on the next big thing on Sprint's network. The next really big thing, that is: the 4.7-inch EVO 4G LTE, cousin to HTC's flagship One X smartphone. Sprint has announced that the kickstand-equipped handset will be gracing its network come May 18. It'll cost $199.99 with a two-year contract.
The price is more or less as expected: AT&T started selling the One X this week for the same price, and other carriers are taking the same tack. Its competition at that price on Sprint includes the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S. The 4.7 ounce EVO differs from the Galaxy Nexus on many stats: it has a bigger battery, slightly better screen, and a faster processor, yet weighs half an ounce less.
But it also has HTC's Sense skin on top of Android, which not everyone enjoys and some complain slows down the phone, and some may prefer the sleek, buttonless design of the Galaxy Nexus. Both are capable of taking advantage of Sprint's high-speed 4G LTE network.
On that note, May 18th will also see the release of the "Tri-Fi" hotspot, the first one of these mobile internet devices that will hook up to 3G, 4G LTE, and WiMax networks. It'll set you back $99.99 with a contract. More info can be found at Sprint's 4G LTE page.
If the EVO 4G LTE strikes your fancy, you can pre-order it here, or else stop by a Sprint store in a week or two to pick one up in person.
Devin Coldewey is acontributing writer for msnbc.com. His personal website iscoldewey.cc.