Sprint strikes back with the HTC EVO 3D
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 22, 2011, 12:58 PM
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.
- 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)
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...
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 1:12 PM 1
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.
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 1:22 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 23, 2011, 2:29 AM 0
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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...
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 1:18 PM 5
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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...
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 9:16 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 11:42 PM 0
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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
posted on Mar 23, 2011, 2:33 AM 2
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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...
posted on Mar 27, 2011, 3:26 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 1:19 PM 0
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Does anybody else see a kickstand on this thing? I don't see one... :(
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 1:28 PM 0
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yeah, no kick stand. bummer. and why are there two phones pictured? am i missing something?
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 1:56 PM 0
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!!!!"
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 1:56 PM 8
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better specs than the LG Thrill, only thing being the Dual Channel processor and I'm not even sure how that works
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 2:00 PM 0
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the optimus 3d has better specs and benchmark
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 7:09 PM 0
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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..
posted on Mar 23, 2011, 2:42 AM 0
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
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 2:15 PM 3
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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.
posted on Mar 22, 2011, 2:42 PM 6
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