HTC Evo 3D review: Hands on

Can this 3D smartphone take on the LG Optimus 3D?

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HTC Evo 3D will offer some interesting 3D camera creds, whilst dual 5MP sensors allow users to create their own glasses free 3D content, a feature further boosted by 720p HD video recording capabilities at 30fps.

HTC Evo 3D: Android

The Evo 3D will have the latest Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 update, which came out in May and includes video chat features and some security patches. Other specs of note are the powerful 1.2GHZ Snapdragon processor and 1GB of memory. On paper, that makes it a touch more powerful than the HTC Sensation.

HTC Evo 3D: Controls

Unlike the LG Optimus 3D, there is no 3D menu for you to scroll through, the only 3D goodness is in the camera itself. You can shoot your pics in 3D by using the two camera lenses on the back and these also shoot standard 2D 5MP images. The smartphone use both the lenses to capture 3D video and 2D movies are played back in 720p. If you want to switch from 2D to 3D, simply use the switch at the top of the camera.

The phone also has a different feel. In a move away from the aluminium unibody, the Evo 3D has a rubberised back for a rugged feel and the design of the camera and hard buttons certainly give it a somewhat retro look.

HTC Evo 3D: Features

The Evo 3D has a 1.3MP front facing camera and a hot-swappable SD card for all your content. On board there’s the video trimmer that was unveiled on the HTC Sensation for some quick editing on the move.

So far, so meh, but it is viewing in 3D sans glasses that sets anticipation to max for HTC’s forthcoming smartphone. The phone arranges your pics into the dimensions they were shot in the gallery, making it easy to see your 2D from your 3D. You can save a copy of a 3D pic or movie in 2D for sharing.

It’s not just your content that’s available in the third dimension, you can also watch 3D movies on the go and HTC Watch will have an on-demand 3D movie service when the phone launches later this year.

3D is the Evo’s biggest draw by far is certainly what sets it apart from the HTC Sensation but it can also compete with the other dual-core smartphones available.

HTC Evo 3D: Screen

HTC has bundled exactly the same screen that’s in its Sensation smartphone. That’s a 4.3-inch touchschreen with a 540 x 960 qHD resolution. We loved the Sensation screen so we expect good things from the Evo 3D.

HTC Evo 3D: Battery

Battery life is said to be competitive, but HTC did advise to only use 3D when it was necessary. In other word, powering the third dimension will suck the juice out of this bad boy.

HTC Evo 3D: Verdict

Vodafone announced yesterday that it will stock the HTC EVO 3D when it comes to Blighty in July or August but there's no word on price yet. Will give you a full verdict and score when HTC sends the Evo 3D in to review.

HTC Evo 3D launch date: August HTC

HTC Evo 3C price: TBC

HTC Sensation Specs:

  • OS: Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz, dual core/1GB RAM
  • Storage: 1GB internal/8GB microSD card
  • Screen: 4.3inch 540 X 960
  • Battery: TBC
  • Connectivity: 3.5mm, N WiFi,HSDPA 14.4Mbps, aGPS,Bluetooth 3.0
  • Camera: Dual 5-megapixel/1.3-megapixel LED flash
  • Video: 720p 30fps
  • Talk time: TBC
  • Dimensions: 126x65x12.5mm/170g