HTC EVO 3D Hands-on

HTC EVO 3D Hands-on
Taking into consideration all the great things that came along after the CTIA 2010 introduction of the HTC EVO 4G, it’s only fitting to see yet another EVOlutionary concoction at CTIA 2011. As we’ve already witnessed from the events at MWC and CES, Sprint has kept a relatively low profile in announcements, however, it made sure to knock it out of the park for CTIA 2011. The HTC EVO 3D, as its name blatantly implies, will focus most of the attention on its various 3D aspects. Although there was no mention in regards to a release date or pricing, it’s still nonetheless shaping up to be a wonderful offering that should keep it in consideration amongst the competition.

Comparing it to the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D actually improves upon the design and feels rather solid in its construction. Still deciding on utilizing a plastic exterior, which makes its weight feel not too overbearing, we’re digging its patterned rear cover which provides a reasonable amount of grip when held.  However, it doesn’t take the cake from other premium feeling HTC smartphones on the market such as the Desire HD or Inspire 4G – but we’re confident that it’ll be a pretty looker nonetheless.

Sizing up with the same sized 4.3” display, we’re presented with plenty of crisp details since it packs qHD (540 x 960) resolution, but interestingly enough, there is a parallax barrier overlay that brings forth 3D visuals – sans the glasses. At first, we didn’t notice the effect that much, but after a few seconds, our eyes adjusted to it and we noticed the various levels of depth that ultimately give it the 3D look. Of course it’s a nice touch that provides some novel characteristics to the handset, but not everything is displayed in 3D – only videos and photos that are recorded for 3D viewing.

Luckily, the combination of its dual-core 1.2GHz third generation Snapdragon chipset with the latest version of Sense running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread makes it one blazingly speedy smartphone. Initially, the new Sense UI reminded us of the good old days of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D cube that was used in some of their earlier Windows Mobile devices, but it’s a nice departure from the usual carousel we’re accustomed to seeing with Android. These eye catching graphical effects and transitions inevitably provide a refreshing experience that’s once again regarded to being an interactive evolutionary step.

Other notable specs include its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera which is expected to work great with video chat over 4G, and two 5-megapixel auto-focus rear cameras (with dual-LED flash) which allow you to shoot 3D videos and photos. Likewise, you can connect an HDMI cable to it so that you’ll be able to mirror its display directly onto a high-definition television set – which provides the option to easily share content.

Flexing its muscles, the HTC EVO 3D is by far the most prevalent HTC Android phone announced in the last few months – and it’s only going to further the EVO branding for Sprint. Precisely making improvements in various aspects, combined with its 3D capabilities, the HTC EVO 3D is surely going to be a memorable device come this summer when it is released. Until then, let’s just cross our fingers and hope it sticks to the golden price of $200 on-contract to really get customers attracted to Sprint – if not, it can prove to be too much of an investment for some people, despite adding the 3D touch.

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  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1730 mAh(6.00h talk time)



1. Josh unregistered

The BEST phone to date. Period.

17. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

just wish it looked a little hotter... not a fan of the black plastic... it wudnt be that hard for them to make it look like the hd7 wud it? Htc also needs to make their sense ui 3d. otherwise nobody will really care if it only does 3d video... it wud be cool if the whole os was 3d. also, i guess they learned that transitions do matter.. ie wp7...

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the LG optimus 3d blows it out of the water.

35. Phonecall01 unregistered


49. RobinM unregistered

I have studied both and to be honest they are pretty close. Both have their own pros and cons, however when I upgrade, it will be the LG that I will be getting. Optimus 3D = WIN

55. ddolter unregistered

What is it exactly about the lg optimus 3d that blows the Evo out of the water? Is it the display resolution at 540X960? Oh wait, that's the Evo. Is it the 1.2 Ghz dualcore processor? Oh wait again, that's the Evo. Is it the 1 GB of RAM? Oh no.......Evo again! Perhaps its the Andriod OS v2.3? No again, that's the Evo too! Hmmmm.....what was it about the LG Optimus you were refering to?

44. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

agreed. I can't wait to retire my evo for it.

2. CNachoZ

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2011 I do want to see the chart comparison (upclose) that they projected during the announcement tho. just curious...

3. Super Evo Android unregistered

I am sorry, Apple's iphone 5 looks like just old news compared to the EVO 3D. What is best about the phone is that you can turn on or turn off the 3D at anytime. This is a great thing because I will not want it on all the time. I love the fact that I can turn it on & off at will. HTC is showing the world that there is another "high end phone" maker who cares about it's customers first, not the apps it can sell! (Apple) Good for Sprint, HTC & Sprint's customers. We all win!!

24. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Don't be sorry!

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I know it sounds a bit picky, but I use the kickstand a lot on my Evo. I don't see one on this version. I would actually miss it. This is another great offering though. John B.

19. JW1ngman

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

theres rumors of the evo 3D having a case that has a kickstand on it, thought i would pass the word on...

32. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

I know what happened to the kickstand???

5. FREEPAT75014 unregistered

Strange... the Snapdragon proc in EVO 3D is supposed to be the fabulous MSM8660 with the addition of an extra WiMax chip I suppose for the WiMax not directly handled by this chip, but this Qualcom Proc handles all other WW Mobile bands as well as providing 2 x 1.2Ghz Cores and improved Graphics, including Europe GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ as well as US CDMA/EVO/HSPA+ in most popular frequency bands used on both sides. Means this should be marketted as a real "WORLD-PHONE" this time, compared to former EVO 4G that was 100% US-Centric with WiMax + CDMA/EVO only (Not travel possible outside the US). Why is this NOT marketed here, anywhere ? Are these Qualcom features unused or blocked in this EVO 3G ? Who knows ? Would be really sad that you can't travel arround the globe with that golden Smartphone, while it has everything inside except LTE. Also I need to confirm if definatly no-Kick-Stand on EVO 3D (Only bad news for me so far. Little hope left that red circle on the back could be one...?).

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh ya... just wondering but wont this phone be behind becuase of its lte lack... isnt sprint going to lte?

23. phife56

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

no they are thinking about it in some sections of the country that dont get wimax

33. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

There is some speculation with the way Hesse is talking that they may use clear for WiMAX and they may put up LTE with the rest of their spectrum. Dont know how but you never know with them.

6. Super Evo Android unregistered

@ Slammer I know what you mean. The EVO 3D should always have a kickstand. Hopefully they change that on the final release. EVO=Kickstand, naturaly EVO 3D should=kickstand also right? Why would the Thunderbolt get a kickstand & not the EVO 3D? I will miss it too. Let's keep our fingers crossed & hope HTC does the right thing!

36. Phonecall01 unregistered

According to a review I just read. The reason for not having a kickstand is lack of room. The dual camera module takes over the whole upper side of the back and the lower side got used for the 1730mAh battery (bigger than EVO 4G). I'll miss it too, but I'll take the extra muscle instead.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Sorry but that's probably the final product, despite how they say it's just a test model. That usually only has to do with the software of the phone. But from what the photos shows, that is what the EVO 3D will be. Sorry no kick stand =(

8. CB2047 unregistered

3D = who cares. Everything else = awesome!

9. IOS5 unregistered

Android phones copying other Android phone (LG optimus 3D) and fandroid believe that this a new innovation???!

34. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

No just a better way of doing it. Just like all the BB and Apple fans say each time a new model comes out.

10. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

Any parallax barrier experts out there? Will the EVO 3D display 960x540 in 2D mode, or only half of that resolution? I'm guessing no... and that when you turn off 3D and turn on 2D, it is really just displaying the same image to both eyes, and so the 2D resolution is only half of the 960x540. However, I read that it will display 3D in both portrait and landscape mode, so is it possible that functionality of the parallax barrier is flexible enough that it can be turned off completely, and you actually can see 960x540 in 2D mode?

11. Big D unregistered

who wants my little wimpy iphone 4 cuz im getn this beast.

12. Flip7

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 27, 2009

By the way I heard from one of the videos that they will release a case with kickstands so we should have it anyways...I can't wait for this ph to come out

13. J unregistered

There is likely no kickstand due to the fact that the 1750 MAH battery will take up all the space within the phone under the duel 5MP cameras. There's likely not enough space for a kickstand with the 3d Technology

37. Phonecall01 unregistered

Right on !!! I just saw an article about that on Androidcentral

14. chinakidoliver.iab

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

i want the optimus 3d it will be paked with prosesors ,4g, and have a app called the lg space 3d wich will let u buy and download 3d muvies

15. leefer77

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Anyone have an idea how many colors it will display?

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