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Yesterday Sprint and HTC made a joint announcement, unveiling the brand new EVO 4G LTE.It’s an is an impressive device. Thin, light, fast, powerful, the whole package. Make sure you check out our hands-on photos of the EVO 4G LTE.
By now all that is pretty much standard in major smartphone releases though. But one thing that did suprise us was Sprint’s announcement that the EVO 4G LTE will have HD voice calling, a feature no other major U.S. carrier offers right now.
So, what is HD voice, exactly?
It’s no secret that despite all the crazy powerful hardware packed into smartphones nowadays, call quality is still a problem. In many cases, you’re better off making calls over Wi-Fi using a service like Skype or Vonage.
Starting with the EVO 4G LTE, Sprint will start offering HD voice on its phones.
The technology uses a combination of hardware (such as noise-cancelling microphones) and network upgrades to deliver the best audio quality possible. That means reduced background noise and better overall audio quality.
Sprint’s HD voice rollout will likely be pretty slow at first, since it’ll only be available on the EVO 4G LTE for near future. Still, we’re expecting the standard to grow to other devices and carriers.