Our European readers will be delighted to learn that HTC’s Evo 3D “will be broadly available in Europe from July”. We reviewed the handset on the Sprint network in the US and walked away pretty impressed with its glasses-free 3D display and 3D cameras which, however, compromise battery life, among other things. You may also like the big camera shutter button, a 4.3-inch display with a 540-by-960 pixel resolution and two five megapixel cameras with auto focus on the back for snapping 3D shots. The device is powered by a decent 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip and runs the latest Android 2.3 Gibgerbread release for smartphones. Full release below.
HTC LAUNCHES 3D MULTIMEDIA SUPERPHONE
Record your life in vibrant 3D stills and HD video
LONDON – June 27, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announces the arrival of the HTC EVO 3D in Europe. Delivering the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience, the stylishly rugged HTC EVO 3D, with the latest HTC Sense experience, makes it easy to capture and share stunning 3D home movies and stills with friends and family. HTC Watch is also available to owners of this multimedia powerhouse, allowing users to enjoy Hollywood blockbusters alongside their own 3D movies.
“Smartphones have revolutionised how people communicate and entertain themselves on the move. You can now carry your favourite films, music, photos and games in your pocket wherever you go,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC EMEA. “The HTC EVO 3D allows people to explore this new technology trend beyond the living room, enabling them to capture and share their lives with family and friends in amazing 3D.”
3D without the glasses
The stunning stereoscopic display means that 3D effects can be enjoyed naturally as images and video burst from the screen, free of the burden of 3D glasses. Relive precious moments as if you were there and watch videos captured by HTC Evo 3D’s dual 5-megapixel cameras shimmer and dance with depth.
Entertainment on the go
Entertainment takes on a whole new dimension, with 3D films, videos, pictures and games leaping from the 4.3 inch qHD screen. This immersive 3D effect, coupled with stereo surround sound, creates a new world to explore and share. HTC EVO 3D is driven by a powerful, 1.2-gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which not only supports brilliant 3D but also delivers a fast and responsive browsing experience, instant capture of images – perfect for recording fast-paced action – and playing back smooth, HD (720p) video.
Complementing the HTC EVO 3D’s design is the latest HTC Sense experience. Plunge into 3D menus and customise the active lockscreen, which becomes a real-time window to your most important content – from photos to your latest social network feeds. Whether it’s email, social networking or surfing the internet, the active lockscreen becomes a customizable gateway that lets you instantly jump to your favourite applications with just one gesture. HTC’s iconic Weather app also returns, letting you soar through the clouds and bask in the sun, with beautiful, new full-screen 3D animations.
Capture the moment
HTC EVO 3D’s two 5-megapixel cameras are enhanced with new features to help you capture the perfect moment as you see it. Switch effortlessly between 2D and 3D depending on your mood, and add a new creative perspective to your images with Tiltshift Effect – selectively blurring parts of the scene to give subjects the impression of scale models. The camera also performs well in low light thanks to a wide, f/2.2 maximum aperture and videos are recorded in crystal clear 720p resolution, at up to 30 frames per second, making the HTC EVO 3D perfect for recording evenings out with friends.
Premium design, striking performance
Tapping into HTC’s trademark design language, the HTC EVO 3D’s premium look and feel is enhanced by its slender dimensions and striking dual camera housing. The rear of HTC EVO 3D is sculpted with smooth lines that make the handset look rugged, yet feel natural in the palm of your hand.
The HTC EVO 3D will be broadly available in Europe from July.
HTC EVO 3D specifications (EMEA)
• Processor: 1.2 GHz, dual core • Platform: Android with HTC Sense • Memory: Available internal storage: 1 GB • RAM: 1 GB (the actual available internal phone storage may differ depending on the software configuration of your phone) • Dimensions: 126 x 65 x 12.05 mm • Weight: 170 grams • Display: 4.3-inch 3D LCD touchscreen • Network: – HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz – GPS: Internal GPS antenna • Connectivity: – Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, FTP, OPP, and PBAP – Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n – DLNA for wirelessly streaming media to your TV – micro-USB with MHL for USB or HDMI connection • Camera – Dual 5 megapixel rear cameras with auto focus and dual LED flash – Capture 5 megapixel 2D photos and 2 megapixel 3D photos – Record 2D and 3D videos in 720p resolution – 1.3 megapixel front camera • Expansion slot: Expansion Slot microS card • Battery – 1730mAh – Up to 465 minutes for WCDMA talk time (0dBm) and up to 560 minutes GSM (19dBm) – Up to 420 hours for WCDMA standby time (DRX512) and up to 358 hours for GSM (MF9) – The above are subject to network and phone usage • AC adapters: AC input: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz