EVO-4G-LTE-Store-Signage-2G&E has just received confirmation from a reliable source with a proven track record that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be released on Friday, May 18. Along with this, we have obtained exclusive images of some of the marketing materials that should be making their way to Sprint stores by May 14, with ample time to be put on display by the 18th.

This information confirms previous rumors about the latest EVO hitting store shelves on this date, and I have to say this is much better than initial rumors that pegged the device for a June 6 release.

Preorders for the EVO 4G LTE will open up on May 7, and customers can sign up on Sprint's site or through Best Buy to get a reminder. It will sell for $199.99 on contract, although I'm hoping that a third-party retailer like Amazon Wireless will offer a better deal, just like they are with the HTC One X.

More exclusive photos can be seen below.

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Thanks, jaydeeIL!