Sprint was the first to roll out a true superphone with the original EVO 4G, and now the carrier has upped the ante with the EVO 3D, which features a glasses-free 3D display with qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels), a 3D camcorder that shoots in HD, and a new 1.2-GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor. We went hands-on with an early version of the EVO 3D, launching this summer, and wanted to share our initial impressions.
First off, the the EVO 3D is narrower than the original EVO 4G, which is good because you don’t have to stretch your hand across the device to hold it and navigate. It weighs the same as its predecessor at 6 ounces and is just about as thick at (.48 inches). We like the textured, soft-touch finish on the back and appreciate the large shutter button for the dual 5-MP cameras. You’ll also find a switch there for toggling between 2D and 3D modes when capturing video.
As for 3D content, HTC and Sprint have you covered with Blockbuster OnDemand for downloading 2D and 3D movies, and you’ll also have access to 3D video via YouTube. 3D games are also apparently on they way. Of course, you can also shoot and share your own 3D footage, either via HDMI (the microUSB port now doubles as HDMI out) or online. Sprint also promised that 3D games are on the way. In a quick demo of a Green Hornet trailer, the video really popped, and we didn’t find it that difficult to find a 3D sweet spot.
The HTC Sense on the EVO 3D has been refreshed so that when you scroll between home screens there’s a neat carousel effect, and HTC has made some other tweaks to the UI to make it more polished. For example, in the apps menu you’ll see a favorites tab. Even the lock screen on Sense is improved. You get one-touch access to Phone, Mail, Camera, and Messages without having to unlock the device first. However, none of the menus are in 3D, unlike the LG Thrill 4G for AT&T (aka Optimus 3D).
Overall, the EVO 3D is serious Android powerhouse that will stand out for Sprint–in more ways than one. Find more info, images, and a quick video below.
HTC EVO 3D Features
Industry-leading 4.3-inch 3D QHD display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor
World-class HTML browser – bandwidth and quality that rival that of netbooks
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the latest version of HTC Sense, an acclaimed user experience, which includes Friend Stream to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates
Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while talking
GoogleTM mobile services, including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM, as well as access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Download, edit and share HD-quality content directly from the device
Dual 5 megapixel cameras, to capture 3D video and images and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, that together open up a new frontier for user generated content, social networking and streaming video
Access to 3D version of Blockbuster OnDemand app with access to 2D and 3D movies, TV shows and games for rent or purchase and download
Video chat service available as an upgrade to the pre-loaded Qik app to enable conversational, interactive, real-time sharing between mobile devices or from mobile-to-desktop
Capture video in HD quality, 2D at 1080p and 3D at 720p
Output HD content to a compatible TV using HDMI or DLNA
Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack
Sprint applications including Sprint Zone, Sprint TV & Movies®, Sprint Football Live, Sprint Navigation and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile
Built-in Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
Dimensions: 5.0″ x 2.6″ x .48″ (LxWxT)
Weight: 6 ounces
Main display: 4.3-inch 3D QHD capacitive display (960 x 540)
Battery life: TBD
Standard removable 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Memory: 4GB Internal memory/1GB RAM; Expandable memory: 8GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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