TV manufacturers have been pushing 3D technology for the past 12 months and now it seems the 3D world is being transferred to mobile phones, too. The latest is the HTC EVO 3D, which will be available in Australia through Telstra and Vodafone in September.
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Do we really need another 3D smartphone? Having already reviewed the underwhelming LG Optimus 3D, we aren't so sure. However, at the very least, the HTC EVO 3D does offer something different compared to the wealth of Android smartphones that seem to be launched every week in Australia.
Like the Optimus 3D, the HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3in glasses-free LCD display for 3D viewing. The screen technology uses a series of slits on the front of the LCD screen that block light so that users' left and right eyes see different images, creating a 3D effect.
Unlike the Optimus 3D however, the HTC EVO 3D's display has a resolution of 540x960, making it a quarter HD (qHD) screen. A qHD display is also used on HTC's flagship Sensation Android phone, which earlier this month exclusively through Telstra, and is generally crisper than screens with smaller resolutions.
The HTC EVO 3D Android phone comes with a 5-megapixel dual-lens camera for 3D video recording. This means you can film 3D videos using the dual-lens camera, and watch them on a 3D-capable, high-definition television. The HTC EVO 3D will also come pre-loaded with a 3D movie and 3D games, while HDMI connectivity and DLNA are available for sharing 3D content. HTC has also announced that its HTC Watch video streaming service will be available in Australia later this year. The service will enable customers to download 3D movies and video specifically for the EVO 3D.
Under the hood, the HTC EVO 3D is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has a hefty 1GB of RAM, and comes with 1GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot for extra storage. The HTC EVO 3D runs the latest 2.3.4 Android "Gingerbread" operating system with HTC's traditional Sense user interface over the top. On face value, the EVO 3D certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to specs.
Interestingly, the HTC EVO 3D has more RAM and a slightly bigger battery than HTC's flagship Sensation Android phone. Based on what we experienced with the LG Optimus 3D — poor battery life — the EVO 3D will certainly benefit from both of these features.
The HTC EVO 3D will be available through Telstra and Vodafone from mid-September. Pricing and plans details will be announced nearer to launch.