Hands-on: Sprint EVO 3D from CTIA 2011 [update]

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Well, it’s not much of a surprise but Sprint made the HTC EVO 3D official at CTIA 2011 and we got some hands-on time with the smartphone that provides glasses-free 3D and WiMax support.

If you’re familiar with the EVO, the EVO 3D won’t come as much of a shock, as it sports a similar build quality and footprint. It is a bit thinner than the original device though and, of course, it comes with a stereoscopic screen for glasses-free 3D.

You’ll still have a 4.3-inch qHD screen that provides high-quality images and if 3D isn’t you thing, you can turn it off via a slider on the right spine. There’s also a dedicated camera button on that spine and we’re very, very happy about that.

Like the Optimus 3D, the latest EVO features multiple cameras and flashes on the back in order to record videos and still pictures in 3D. You’ll be able to view those without glasses on the device and the HDMI port means you can stream it out to a larger television.

Inside the EVO 3D lies the first dual-core 1.2 GHz SnapDragon processor and this includes something called asynchronous processing. This means that each core can operate independently and this could lead so some better battery life. That could be important because this uses 4G WiMax and all next-generation mobile data networks can cause some extra pull on the battery.

The EVO 3D will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is welcomed news for users who have wanted the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. This will include the latest version of Sense, which includes the Leap feature and Friend Streams.

We’ll soon be up to our eyeballs with phones that provide content which jumps out of the screen, as AT&T just announced the Thrill 4G, which also has a glasses-free 3D screen. Look for this latest EVO to hit in the summer and we’re not sure about pricing yet.

[Update]
Now with 100% more hands-on video in glorious 1080p HD resolution!

  • http://twitter.com/_Armo David

    it’s not the first dual-core snapdragon. the htc touchpad was!

    no doubt this is one hell of a phone, but with two drawbacks: 1) sprint wimax 4g isnt available everywhere and isnt as fast as verizons lte or tmobile hspa+. 2) it looks like every other 4.3 inch htc device since htc has gone from a innovative little company to a huge manufacturer that merely recycles its hardware.

    • Richardyarrell

      Yes, your right one hell of a device it truly is rather wimax is faster than lte, hspa+ really does not matter at this moment if your in a 4g area this device will fly mainly because it is 4g and has gingerbread 2.3.3 as it’s operating system as well as a 1.2 qualcomm snapdragon processor MSM 8660 third generation. No other smartphone out of all the new devices have 2.3 gingerbread as of today so this is great to have espically as it will remain sprints FLAGSHIP DEVICE. Htc saved the best for sprint and always has been that why. In 2010 the granddaddy of 4g the Htc Evo 4g was born and held us down for 10months now it can retire gracefully. This device right now is the best on the market out of the 3d devices and I am pretty sure it can smoke some of those other devices as well…ie Lg Optimus g2x, Atrix4g, and all the rest that came out with 2.2 froyo which is crazy… If anyone is a current Htc Evo 4g owner as I am they should be proud SPRINT BROUGHT OUT THE GUNS THIS YEAR AS THEY ALWAYS DO AT CTIA..On day one we will be on line for this device as well.

      • Jon

        Well said, couldn’t put it in a better way. They need to work on 4G tho, coverage kinda sucks.

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