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Customs officials clear HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE for US release

The HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE have been released into the wild. HTC confirmed today that US Customs officials completed their patent review of the devices, allowing them to be sold in the country.

"HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC's ruling", HTC said in a statement. "Future shipments should continue to enter the US and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products".

The US rollout for both HTC devices was delayed recently amidst a patent spat between HTC and Apple. The International Trade Commission found that HTC smartphones infringed on Apple-held patents, and banned the import of devices with Apple-owned technology after 19 April. HTC developed a workaround, but the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X were held up at US Customs while officials verified that the technology had been removed.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE was originally scheduled to hit stores on 18 May. Last week, Sprint said that it would start shipping to those who pre-ordered the smartphone by 24 May. In a statement today, Sprint said it expects shipments of the EVO 4G LTE "to enter the US in the next few days".

"An exact availability date for HTC EVO 4G LTE will be communicated as soon as possible", the mobile operator said.

HTC managed to release a few One X smartphones in the US prior to the Customs lockdown, but it is currently listed as unavailable on the AT&T website.