HTC has announced the availability of its Evo 3D handset in Europe from next month and its release could begin a battle for the number one 3D mobile phone.
The Evo 3D was launched back in March in the US but is only now getting an outing in Europe. It will be going head-to-head with LG's Optimus 3D which is yet to become available in the US. The Evo 3D is very similar to the HTC Sensation with the major difference (apart from the 3D of course) is the inclusion of a larger 1730mAh battery. The Evo 3D will be able to capture 3D images via dual five megapixel cameras with autofocus and dual LED flashes. As well as taking 2D and 3D still images it will be able to record video in 2D and 3D at 720p. You will be able to view your 3D images on the glasses-free, 4.3in qHD screen thanks to the inclusion of a parallax barrier on top of the screen, which gives a 3D-effect rather than true 3D – but either way you still get to see your holiday snaps in 3D. As well as having a physical shutter button for the cameras (hurray!) there is also a lever to allow you quickly switch between 2D and 3D modes.
The Evo 3D is powered by the same 1.2GHz dual-core processor as the Sensation but comes with 1GB of RAM rather than 768MB, which should make it even more nippy when running multiple apps. Internal storage of 1GB can be expanded via a microSD card and as you would expect from a high-end handset the Evo 3D comes with Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G/HSPA, DNLA and Bluetooth. The Evo 3D will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and come with the latest version of Sense, which we were very impressed with when running on the Sensation. A microUSB port will allow you to output 3D content to a compatible TV, as the Evo’s microUSB port features an MHL connection that can stream video to HDMI connections. You will also be able to download 3D films via the HTC Watch app, though because of DRM issues you won’t be able to watch these on your 3D TV. No networks have confirmed they will carry the Evo 3D so far but with Vodafone nabbing an exclusive on the Sensation when it was released, it has to be a front-runner to carry the handset when it becomes available next month.
With the Optimus 3D shipping from today, it remains to be seen whether people really want 3D on their mobile phones but we are looking forward to getting our hands on the Evo 3D to see just how good the effect really is.