A look at the HTC Evo 3D smartphone and Evo View tablet [Video]
HTC's Evo line expanded into new territory this week with the Friday release of the Evo 3D phone and Evo View 4G tablet.
The Evo 3D phone is packed with some of the higher-end features of current smartphones -- a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a dual-core Qualcomm processor, 3G and battery-draining 4G connectivity. But the differentiating feature for the Evo 3D is, yup, 3D.
Photos and videos can be snapped or shot in three-dimensions of depth and viewed on the Evo 3D's screen in 3D without the need for glasses. The effect is somewhat similar to what the Nintendo 3DS videogame system offers. If the device is held in the right way -- dead-on center to the viewer -- then the depth kicks in. Otherwise, 3D comes across as a lot of image and color separation.
The Evo 3D phone is exclusive to Sprint and sells for $199.99 with a two-year data plan.
The Evo View 4G tablet also is only available with 3G and 4G service from Sprint, selling for $399.99 with a two-year data plan. Its also HTC's latest tablet, a bit of a follow-up to the HTC Flyer tablet which sells for $499.99 and requires no data plan as it only can connect to the Web via Wi-Fi.
One feature glaringly lacking from both of HTC's tablets -- the Evo View 4G and the Flyer -- no Honeycomb. Both devices run on Google's Android Gingerbread software, the same operating systems that run on the latest HTC phones.
Android Honeycomb, Google's OS built specifically for the tablet form factor, isn't yet available on HTC tablets, though the company has said it should be available to users in later software updates.
Both tablets, however, work with the optional HTC Scribe stylus which come free with the Evo View and run an extra $80 for Fyler buyers.
Take a look at the video below for a quick rundown of the latest from HTC.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: The dual cameras used to take 3D photos and video on the HTV Evo 3D smartphone. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times