Sprint’s variant of the HTC One X renamed to the HTC Evo 4G LTE to correspond to the carrier’s traditions was set to be launched on May 18. It was officially confirmed and seemed nothing could prevent the event from taking place. Unfortunately, Apple has been trying to stop the shipping of the phones to the US saying the Taiwanese manufacturer infringes some of its patents. ITC took the wheel in its hands and blocked the entrance of the devices to the US market. The obstacle referred to both the HTC One X launched via AT&T and the upcoming HTC Evo 4G LTE but now Best Buy’s letters sent to the consumers prove the latter will be shipped on May 23.
The patent infringement was related with the situation when users click on a link and see a menu of variants from which they can complete the action. Soon afterwards, US ITC investigated the case and the phones were placed in limbo. HTC’s official statement on this occasion reads:
The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.
But everything is not so bad as it can seem at first sight. Many think HTC has played a joke on Apple because the Taiwanese manufacturer knew about this patent earlier, and the two models intended for AT&T and Sprint were shipped to the States with modified menus. For example, when a user wants to use a different app, it can be performed by clicking on “Settings” and then “App Associations” to select.
Probably, HTC has thought out everything in details, and Apple’s request will be shipped. Those who have pre-ordered the HTC Evo 4G LTE at Sprint can now be sure because the delay lasted only a week, which is not that long.