Sprint strikes back with the HTC EVO 3D
We needn't inform you what a groundbreaking device the first HTC EVO 4G was, with its huge screen and WiMAX connectivity, when announced last year at the same CTIA show we are at now. Sprint even quoted our review at its presentation today, when it was talking about the virtues of the first EVO phone. It was the trailblazer of a trend for touchscreen devices with large displays that many, including Steve Jobs, thought are doomed to fail, but now represent a significant portion of what we call smartphones.
Sprint just announced at the its CTIA presentation a worthy successor - the HTC EVO 3D. It sports a 4.3" display with a glasses-free parallax barrier overlay for 3D-viewing, with qHD 540x960 pixels resolution. This resolution is much bigger than what we have on the LG Optimus 3D, and you need all the pixels you can get, since these parallax barrier overlays diminish it when turned on. There is a dedicated 2D/3D switch on the side, for those times when having two cameras on the back just isn't enough to attract someone's attention in the club.
The 3D magic doesn't stop at passively watching the screen, however. You can also take an active role creating your own 3D content with the help of the two 5MP cameras on the back, creating stereoscopic image for both stills and video, which can be captured with HD quality in 3D at 24fps, and Full HD 1080p at 30fps, when shooting in the plain ol' 2D mode. The front-facing cam is 1.3MP.
These capabilities mean, of course, that we need a dual-core chipset to power the phone, and the HTC EVO 3D doesn't disappoint. It sports a dual-core 1.2GHz third generation Snapdragon CPU. To stream those 3D videos and images you will have a choice of HDMI or DLNA. The phone will come directly with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Availability is slated for the hot summer months.
1. ??? (unregistered)
Will this phone along with the Nexus S be enough for Sprint to stay competitive in this wireless market dominated by ATT and Big Red? The difference is that Sprint appears to be the carrier with "hands down" the best Android phones but void of the iPhone! Only time will tell...
5. asdf (unregistered)
have you seen Big Red's upcoming lineup? aside from the Droid Bionic with its dual core, everything else is the same thing that's out now with slightly stronger processors and 4G. talk about getting stale. i'm on VZW now and am even thinking of switching to Sprint for this phone.
28. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Yeah and as soon as you switch to this phone Verizon will come out with something better. Seems to always happen.
46. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Verizon wont be coming out with nothing better than this in 2011 that's for sure. There currently released Thunderdud is exactly that a dud and there Droid Bionic is what 512 of ram that is last years specs..There Stealth 4g is nothing compared to this neither is there Incredible 2 so you tell me what's left????? REGARDLESS of this claim of LTE there is so much problems with this thunderdud network troubles, switching problems from LTE to 3G, battery issues galory, but yeah verizon will HIDE THOSE DETAILS NOW WON'T THEY. Not this year for verizon as far as there products they WILL NEVER HAVE ANYTHING BETTER THAN SPRINT FOR A DEVICE.
41. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)
And then Sprint will come out with an even better phone. It's a vicious cycle.
2. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
looks awesome. wish i had wimax where i live.
3. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Oh if only I had a time machine...I would teleport to the launch day of the EVO 3D...I am just so excited I don't know what to do with myself from now until then. I'm like Cartman waiting for the Wii to come out...
25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
My only question is when does the phone go on sale? And hopefully, Sprint/HTC doesn't dole out the phones in 1s and 2s.
42. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
seems like the evo is the sprint's version if an iphone device... they make a new evo each year, they make an evo pad, and they support it with heavy marketing and keep virtually all equal or better phones off of their network... nice sprint... but the thing is people will say iphone and it will take some major convincing to get them to say evo...
45. thunder18 (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)
It's no different that Verizon's "Droid" line-up. They've just taken a popular name and used it to create a brand awareness that unique to a single carrier. T-Mobile has apparently done the same thing with both the G1/G2/G2x and the MyTouch series.
47. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
NOBODY ON SPRINT OR IN THE INDUSTRY ASSOICIATES THE HTC EVO 4G WITH THE IPHONE....It is and has been better than any iphone made...The Htc Evo 4g lead the way in 4g techonolgy for android and sprint lead the way in 4g technogoly for all carriers back in 2010...Your current iphone4 WAS NOT BETTER THAN THE EVO 4G and your New Iphone 5 regardless of being on Ass t&t or Verizon WILL NEVER BE BETTER THAN THIS HTC EVO 3D...Apple should worry about making better products INSTEAD OF SUING EVERYBODY AT EVERY TURN
55. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
You really love the EVO...(even tho this phone is a mere refresh to the original with 3D added). I'm not impressed. Looks like every other HTC out there and i'm sure the batt. life is going to suck like all the other 4.3" HTC's out there. My girl has an EVO and she gets 4 hours tops on batt. and she's not even techy like that. So bringing up batt. issues on the Thunderbolt is useless. Its not a Verizon thing...its an HTC thing and soon you'll see its an HTC EVO 3D thing. next brand please...
58. EvoUser (unregistered)
Idk about the thunderbolt but I know the evo can in fact get great battery life. I use it a lot including games such as x-plane and i still get a full day no problem with the stock battery.
4. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I think Sprint will be fine with their expanding EVO line. For people who don't want Android, they'll offer WP7. As a smaller player, they're better off pushing a handful of top-notch devices than chasing the "something for everyone" strategy of Verizon and ATT.
6. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Does anybody else see a kickstand on this thing? I don't see one... :(
7. ??? (unregistered)
I don't think the kickstand will be an issue, sprint will prob just throw it on a case and make it an additional accessory!!!
8. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
yeah, no kick stand. bummer.
and why are there two phones pictured? am i missing something?
19. Alex (unregistered)
Yes you are. One is the front of the phone the other is the back.
29. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
there were different images with the article an hour ago. i think one was the original evo 4g (but wasnt identified)
26. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It is part of the 3D imaging attempt in the 2D world of PA. Notice how the ball seems to be out in front of the dog?
9. ??? (unregistered)
I like what Sprint is doing in which they are building a Sprint Exlcusive Phone lineup in the EVO!!! As long as they maintain the best prices in wireless we should be fine over here in the "BLACK AND YELLOW, BLACK AND YELLOW, BLACK AND YELLOW, BLACK AND YELLOW!!!!"
10. osanilevich (Posts: 239; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)
better specs than the LG Thrill, only thing being the Dual Channel processor and I'm not even sure how that works
39. chinakidoliver.iab (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
the optimus 3d has better specs and benchmark
49. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
We will see exactly about this benchmark stuff within the next few weeks. Youtibe video's will pop up with comparisons and faceoffs. I am sure the Htc Evo 3d will PIMP SLAP LG THRILL 4G. And will slaughter all the other devices on the market...yes including the atrix4g, samsung galaxy s2, everybody..
13. unducuva (unregistered)
ITS STILL NOT AN iPHONE, SO I DONT CARE WHAT IT HAS, IT WILL NOT COMPARE EVER TO THE iPHONE, SPRINT IS JUST STUPID IN THEIR MARKETING. I MEAN REALLY?? EVO 3D?? COME ON
18. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Dual core, qHD display, Android 2.3, WiMax, Front facing 1.3 camera, rear 3D camera and Full HD video! Oh yeah, the iPhone's just got it all over this phone. I feel pretty confident in saying that unless it's got an Apple logo on the back, you'll always consider it a phone to be second rate. Which is why your opinion is pretty much invalid.
37. Big D (unregistered)
I own an iphone 4. When this phone comes out u can have my iphone4 please take it. Like it or not apples has been caught and is about to be passed
14. Arman9953 (unregistered)
is the sprint event finished?
does they announce the htc pyramid now?
22. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the EVO 3D IS Sprint's variant of the Pyramid.
15. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Sprint had us worried thinking the Echo was it's new flagship, didn't they? Nice addition- I am not really ga-ga over the whole 3-D hook, but this is a nice looking phone. And if you are up on the 3-D craze, who out there doesn't trust HTC instead of LG?
16. Super EVO Android (unregistered)
I made a mistake & got a Samsung Epic 4G. I know spare me the pain! Anyway I really wanted an EVO 4G but it was sold out. I have had the Epic ball & chain for way too long. I am going to buy the EVO 3D @ full price just to get away from Samsung. The EVO View 4G looks good, but I will get the Motorola XOOM. I need dual cores only. I don't get why anyone will drop a "high end device" with only a single core? I think it's a mistake HTC is doing with the EVO View 4G.
17. B (unregistered)
Finally HTC has awakened from its lazy slumber,i Just hope a version of this epic phone gets a European Release
20. cart2n (unregistered)
Can't wait. Only one questions though....WHERE IS THE KICKSTAND?!? I love watching my EVO 4G while I eat lunch at my desk. That is the only downside. Hopefully there will be a phone cover that can incorporate a kickstand into their design....huh...kickstand, at first awkward, but then loved. You will be missed!!
21. KickRocks (Posts: 104; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
This phone looks awesome.....Great specs and pricing should be affordable. I'm not sure about the 3d fad but none the less it looks like a great phone. This plus the nexsus s 4g, xoom, and maybe a cdma Atrix 4g, sprint looks all business. i am proud to be a sprint customer. Good work Sprint :)
23. green2u (unregistered)
Specs for the 3D are already available on PhoneArena to compare with other phones. When compared to the EVO 4G, it's a little taller, same width, and thinner. Same weight. Camera resolution has gone down from 8 to 5 megapixels. Battery capacity has increased from 1500mAh on the EVO 4G to 1730mAh on the Evo 3D. But the battery increase pales to Atrix 4G's 1930mAh (the other phone I'm considering should it come to Sprint).
24. B (unregistered)
check this out,htc sense on 3d screens will be pretty sweet especially the weather widget!!!
31. androidrulez (unregistered)
Well Sprint has done it again. The EVO 4g was/is a better phone than the iPhone 4, and the EVO 3D will be better than the iPhone 5. Can you imagine if this thing were available on Verizon and AT&T. It would be king. Thank goodness Android has more than one phone to choose from though.
32. agentoj (Posts: 100; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
I am with a lot of people, this phone is great but I really wanted a kickstand. The kickstand is what was the Evo's signature besides the 4g. I was hoping for a manly kickstand like the Thunderbolt's that can allow you to stand the phone in portrait or landscape mode.
36. shynepo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 May 2010)
Sprint has already confirmed that they will be offering a case with a kickstand, I don't know if that's going change anything, but as long as my phone is protected and I have a kickstand, then im all in, but its all personal preference, and you shouldnt miss on this phone because its missing a feature that wasnt its greatest feature.
35. shynepo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 May 2010)
I feel so sorry for the people who bought the thunderbolt and the inspire........so so sorry
WELL, now that we got that out the way, my epic 4g will going on ebay very soon for this one.
43. tm6248 (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
wow pretty cool but technology is just moving to fast these days soon they will start to have 4d Tv's Smartphones etc you will never be able to keep up.
44. Est.84 (unregistered)
Now thats what i call making some serious waves in technology all the new phones are making it kind of hard to chose a carrier me having two att and sprint im really looking forward to seeing how things are going to progress i swear computers are quickly becoming a wave of the past
50. EVO4Life (unregistered)
when is HTC going to make a thin device like the Galaxy S II? 3D is more like a gimmick to me. I may wait to see if Sprint gets the Galaxy S II or something similar
52. sprintguy09 (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)
Looks like i will be going to the Evo 3D from my current Evo the phone is nice and has a much better screen and battery 1730 mah isn't bad
53. dkpitman (unregistered)
I'm disappointed with this release from Sprint. The idea of 3D is fun, but the application is lack luster. I don't understand why Sprint thinks that 3D will appeal to the "large" consumer base, especially when companies are having a hard time moving their 3D televisions. They did a great job with getting a phone with a great display and processor speed, but the phone falls short in other categories. Since most people wont be using the stereoscopic lenses (together), you're reduced to using a 5 megapixel camera, instead of the 8 megapixel which is now becoming standard.
I think they see this as a progression, but I see it as a waste of money. I haven't seen pricing on this phone yet, but I'm assuming it will be around $250. Since the smart phone average is $200, you're paying $50 for a piece of technology most of the consumers wont use, which resulted in a downgraded camera.
Just give me something slim, quick, and great looking Sprint. Bring on the Atrix or a phone that matches the size and stats.
PS. Stop providing so many slide out keyboards as the only option. I would love to try the WP7, but dont want to be carrying around a brick in my pocket.
54. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
shooting in 3d is a gimmick. if the camera works the way it's supposed to work, it will be sick
56. Mikie (unregistered)
It would be sooo great! ... But it's not thin... The battery is gonna be just like the original evo... iPhone has got the edge... Design will be way smoother.
I would absolutely get this phone if they modified those two specs.
57. mike11223 (unregistered)
does anyone know when the htc evo 3d for sprint will be released?