Since its original unveiling at CTIA in March, the HTC EVO 4G has been described by many analysts and consumers as the “iPhone for Sprint, without a doubt.” While the carrier’s exclusive new lucrative smartphone has caught many eyes with its incredible feature set and the promise of a 7Mbps 4G WiMAX network in some areas, reports are coming in from EVO 4G owners that the hardware build quality of the device may actually be a bit disappointing.
The HTC Forums community has actively engaged in discussion over a new post detailing an inherent design flaw in the HTC EVO 4G’s display that causes it to become unglued from the aluminum frame. According to the posters, the glue failure seems to be happening in a significant amount of shipped devices.
The separation is causing excessive LED light leakage that seeps out of the bottom of the frame, and apparently gets worse as users engage the capacitive multitouch display more frequently. What has many worried, however, is the fact that Sprint and RadioShack stores across the country are running on extremely limited supplies of the smartphone. In other words, getting a replacement device be a tough call for many users experiencing the issue.
HTC has not made any official announcement on the issue, but we would hope to see a statement from them within the next week.