Did you know that the first phone with a 3D display was launched in 2002?

Did you know that the first phone with a 3D display was launched in 2002?
Remember the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D? We won't blame you if you don't. Back in 2011, they made headlines for being the first two globally-available smartphones rocking 3D displays, but they didn't quite spark enough consumer interest to cause a 3D revolution on the smartphone market. That's why we don't really get to talk about 3D smartphones anymore, even though more of them have been launched since the debut of the Evo 3D and the Optimus 3D.

Interestingly, while these two were the first 3D phones to launch around the world, they weren't the first members of the rare breed. It was November of 2002 when the first handset capable of displaying 3D images was released – the Sharp mova SH251iS. The phone was launched only in Japan on local carrier NTT DoCoMo, which is why you've probably never heard of it. 

The 2.2-inch, 65k-color display on the Sharp mova SH251iS used parallax barrier technology – the same the Evo 3D and Optimus 3D would use a decade later – to create the 3D effect. Users could perceive depth in images without the need to wear dorky glasses and without experiencing any drastic color distortion. The 0.3MP built-in camera couldn't capture photos in 3D, but an editor application could be used to convert regular, two-dimensional images into 3D ones. One could also download 3D content directly from the internet, of course.

Released in 2007, the Samsung SCH-B710 was another 3D phone, but this time capable of capturing 3D photos, unlike Sharp's model. These were taken with a pair of strategically placed 1.3MP cameras. The phone's 2.2-inch display had a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels and also used the aforementioned parallax barrier technology. 

Alas, 3D phones never really caught on, and today, not a single major tech company seems to be willing to give them another try. Perhaps the technology isn't quite there yet, or probably 3D screens are seen as gimmicks by the great majority of consumers. What's your opinion on the matter? Let us know in the comments below!


references: Wikipedia, Pocket-Lint

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15 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

3D in general never caught on because of the health effects around it. It gives many people headaches, and some people couldn't see it at all. It is always off on my 3DS, even though the new one made the 3D much more tolerable. My TV has it as well. We turned it on the first day we got it and put the glasses in a drawer and they have never seen the light of day since. 3D also gives me a viscous headache, so it is a no-go.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just watch Fast and Furious 7 in iMax 3D. The best way to enjoy the movies. Love it! I also play all my PC games in Nvidia 3D Vision. Love it too! So there you go, for those who like to make general statement.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I said most, for people who don't have basic reading comprehension. And great for you, you can watch 3D. It gives me a viscous headache.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I watch it with a group of friends. 10 of us watch 3D iMax show whenever its available. So to me most of us don't have a problem wìth watching stereoscopic movie. Its just that imax tickets are much more expensive than regular tickets. But we all agree that its worth it.

9. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Great for you and your friends. As I said, at my house we can't watch it because it gives three people headaches. And honestly it doesn't do much

13. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I agree. For now, 3d is meh for me.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"It gives many people headaches, and some people couldn't see it at all." You really believe Hollywood will invest hundreds of millons dollars on 3D movie production if that is true. Ok! there always a 2D version for those that can't accept it. For me its 3D all the way! I don't think you could handle VR as well. Because VR stretches my limits as well.

16. habs4ever36

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

Liar, Furious 7 is not in 3D.

11. ECPirate37

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I loved my HTC EVO 3D. It was great, and actually worked better for the 3D effect than my 3DS. However, the new 3DS does even better. I do wish HTC would update the EVO 3D. I think the main reason it failed was marketing. I would show people my phone every time I was out, and 90% loved it. They wanted to know where to get it. Unfortunately, it was only on Sprint. Until I retired it last year, I still had people wanting one when they would see it. Unfortunately, HTC crapped the bed on marketing this. But, if they ever release another one, I'll be first to buy it. :-)

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Same here, I will buy any newer 3D camera phone after having an LG Optimus 3D. Will check out the newer 3DS, is it the one with a small right thumb stick?

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

what i hate the most about 3D is it makes everything look like a toy

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

3D TVs didn't catch on. We could learn a lesson or two from it

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Show me a 75" inch or above TV that doesn't have 3D. Its a standard feature for almost all modern day TV. I do watch 3D blu ray occasionally so its still a must have for me.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

3D TV's didnt catch on....and yet the 3D technology was improved upon, added to going from the chargable glasses to the ones found in theaters.... or Active to Passive. And I thnk Active 3D TV's are still out there.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And some ppl say Samsung doesnt innovate. Amazing that 3D was introduced on these 2 phones....annd more ammunition for the fanboy wars...lol.

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