The HTC EVO Goes 3D This Summer – Hands On

Finally, Sprint has made some noise in 2011, and they’ve made it in a big way. The HTC EVO 3D is only the second known 3D smartphone ready to hit the markets (along with the LG Thrill, also announced today). The announcement at today’s CTIA Wirelss 2011 trade show showed off the new EVO, which supports a full, glasses-free 3D media experience, in addition to all the trappings of a high-end smartphone.

Watching 3D content should be a dream, thanks to a 4.3 inch 3D QHD display touchscreen. 3D recording is also possible with the EVO 3D, thanks to dual 5 megapixel cameras. 3D recording supports 720p, but 2D recording has full 1080p support. 3D still pictures are also in the cards. Combined with a front-facing camera, the EVO 3D looks poised to enable top-notch 3D media capture and upload on the fly. Of course, a 3D phone requires 3D media other than what you make yourself. Enter the Blockbuster On Demand app, which has been custom tailored to the EVO 3D to make available a whole host of Blu-Ray and 3D movies digitally on your phone.

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The phone can also act as a mobile hotspot for up-to 8 devices, which is even more tantalizing now that 4G networks are popping up everywhere. It should be noted that the EVO 3D is compatible with both 3G and 4G networks. It will also run the most up-to-date Android smartphone OS in 2.3 (Gingerbread), and will also carry the newest version of the HTC Sense U.I., which promises to integrate all of your social networks into one easy feed. Video chat is a go with a simple update to the preloaded Qik app.

The HTC EVO 3D looks to be a powerful competitor in an emerging 3D market, which might be exactly what Sprint needs now that it’s being overshadowed by Verizon and possibly an even bigger AT&T. The HTC EVO 3D is slated to hit stores sometime this summer.

Update: After getting a chance to play around with the HTC EVO 3D, we can see why the device is quite the innovator. The 3D display makes watching movies a lot of fun, although you’ll need to be looking at it straight on in order to enjoy the 3D effect properly. That said, the device’s viewing angles suffer somewhat at the expense of having 3D, but it’s worth it.