First Look: HTC EVO 3D

OK, if you want a quick summary of the HTC EVO 3D, it is almost like the HTC Sensation but with a 3D camera.

The HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3 inch screen with 540 x 960 qHD resolution 3D display. Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0 UI. Like the HTC Sensation, the HTC EVO 3D has a Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core processor. But the EVO 3D has more RAM & ROM than HTC Sensation (1GB ROM and 1GB RAM). You have the usual stuff like WIFI, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and microSD slot. The EVO 3D has a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port for charging and data transfer.

The HTC EVO 3D is 12.6 x 6.5 x 1.205 cm and weighs 170g. Slightly heavier than the HTC Sensation.

Here’s the most interesting feature on the HTC EVO 3D. The 3D camera. To achieve 3D Photo and Video, the HTC EVO 3D has two 5 megapixel camera. What it does is basically take 2 photos at the same time and join them together to create the 3D effect. You can also take 720p 3D videos. But due to the arrangement of the 2 camera, you can only take 3D photos/videos in landscape mode.

Although the EVO 3D has a 5 Megapixel camera, it is only able to take 3D photos in 2 Megapixel resolution. 2D photos are still in 5 megapixel. The HTC EVO 3D has a switch beside the shutter button to let user toggle between 2D and 3D photo/video taking mode easily.
So what can you do after taking a 3D photo on the HTC EVO 3D? Well, you can view it directly on the HTC EVO 3D without wearing any 3D glasses. Or you can transfer it to any TV that supports 3D. For those who prefer to have a physical photo, you can send it to Fuji Film for lenticular printing. One 3D photo will cost you around S$8.

PS: This is what you get when you use a 2D camera to take a 3D photo. You won’t see any of the 3D-ness. In fact, you also won’t get the 3D-ness if you use a 3D camera to take a photo of the 3D photo. It doesn’t work this way.

The HTC EVO 3D comes bundled with some 3D games like Spiderman 3D and The Sims 3. I tried playing Spiderman 3D and quite like it. But I find that I get slight motion sickness after a while, just like what I had when I tried 3D games on the Nintendo 3DS. Maybe I’m just not cut out for 3D gaming after all.

3D is still at its early stage. There’s limited places where you can show off your 3D creation. 3D is still not widely adopted yet. But someone have to start the ball rolling, If you are interested in 3D photography and want to be an early adopter, the HTC EVO 3D is a good option.

1 comment

  1. I’ve been yearning for the Evo… but this sounds like a lot of fluff and gimmick… what’s the real performance like? Any good? And it looks like it still doesn’t have a rear camera. Slightly disappointed.

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