Sprint today unveiled the first all 3D cellphone, the HTC EVO 3D, which features a 4.3-inch glasses-free QHD 3D display and also records 3D still photos and video. The one will be pre-loaded with Blockbuster On Demand, a source that includes 3D movies. HTC and Sprint also took the wraps off a 7-inch 4G/3G tablet, the HTC View 4G.
The HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3 inch 960 x 540 pixel screen, runs an asynchronous dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor – which means they can run separately or together, depending on the app, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and, most impressively, has dual 5 MP cameras front and back, although only the rear camera, with its 3D capabilities, records 3D images. But all photos also are captured in 2D in case you actually want to view them on a non-3D screen. There’s a switch to let y choose 2D or 3D ahead of time, though. (Although if it captures both, why would you need a switch?)
Is the 3D cool or stupid? For movies, a sample of The Green Hornet in 3D looked quite convincing. Enjoying Photos, however, are restricted to a narrow straight-on viewing angle. If you move even slightly – or if the phone moves – the objects in the image annoyingly shift suddenly as well, moving here to there in a jump cut like a poorly edited movie.
The EVO View 4G 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixel) tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz processor, runs the HTC sense user interface, has a 4000 mAh battery and features dual cameras: 1.3 MP in the front and a 5 MP camera on the rear.
Also announced was an HTC digital pen accessory, which lets you write and draw and even sign documents. It’s also an audio recorder – when you touch the pen down on what you’ve written you can hear the recording at that point.
Both the phone and the tablet feature HDMI jacks and connect to your home network to access PC-bound files via DLNA, and both include mobile hot spot capabilities for up to eight users.
Both phone and tablet, and pen, will be available sometime this summer. No pricing was announced.