HTC EVO 3D Hands-On and Unboxing

June 16, 2011
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As providence would have it, we've now got the 3D version of everyone's favorite HTC phone of all time, that being the HTC EVO 3D. This is a device that's rolling out with a dual-core processor, a lovely dash of HTC Sense 3.0, and some incredible glasses-free 3D! This isn't the first time we've glanced upon a 3D device of similar nature, will this one take the trump card? We shall see! HTC in the place to be, dual core happenings from here to you from me!

This device has a 540 x 960 pixel resolution 4.3 inch 3D S-LCD display set in a 126 x 65 x 12.1 mm chassis with a weight of 170 g total. If you'll recall, we've had our hands on this device before, even going so far as to literally compare the size of it to the HTC ThunderBolt! Now we've got another HTC device in the house, that being the dual-core HTC Sensation 4G with it's ultra-fancy chassis and Sense 3.0 with excellent new widgets and lockscreen in tow. Turns out the HTC EVO 3D has all that and more! Let's dive in and see if it adds up.

First Impressions

What we're dealing with is a hot 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8660 chipset. We'll see soon enough. This device also comes packed with what's basically the greatest 3D enabled game on the market today: Spider-Man! But wait, it's not the full version, you'll have to buy the full version via Gameloft - but you'll be able to pay on your phone bill! That's practically free! Look for a demo inside the hands-on below - it's fabulous! Go Gameloft!

On the back of this device you're going to find the dual-camera magic. That's right, a 5-megapixel 2560х1920 pixel resolution, autofocus, dual-LED flash having camera that'll be able to take stereoscopic photos (2 MP only) & videos with geo-tagging. Can you believe it?! There's also a 1-megapixel camera on the front. Use it!

Now let's have a look at some benchmarks. As you can see, this device does indeed hold its own directly out of the box. Want to compare these marks to the HTC Sensation which also JUST came out? Have a look at our full review! I think you'll find the results to be tantalizing.

Smartbench 2011

Quadrant Advanced

Linpack Pro

AnTuTu

Now this device does have 1 GB storage and 1 GB RAM, but it also has a microSD port under the battery cover. While the HTC EVO 3D comes with a relatively small 8GB card out of the box, you'll be able to upgrade that to a 32GB card if you wish in the future, per the standard for high-end phones these days. There's a microSD port, a headphone jack, volume up and down, power button / lock, and that's it - oh wait! There's a couple additions that you RAREly see on HTC devices. First, a dedicated camera button. Not only does this button exist, it's gigantic compared to buttons of old. Nice and big and metal and round, this makes the device seem as though it was made to take photos and video. Fancy that! Then there's a 2D/3D switch which thus far appears to only function inside your camera mode. Games you'll be switching on your own the old fashioned way.

Also of note - that microUSB port is also MHL enabled, this meaning that all you'll need is an official converter and you'll be outputting to HDMI in no time. That combined with the fact that this device has basically everything that the Sensation has and, again, more, should have your mouth watering in all sorts of ways.

On the other hand, the casing on the Sensation is going to be a doozy to beat, it's ever so lovely.

Stay tuned with us here on Android Community as we continue to take a look at this device in more ways than one, crowning our looks off with a review or two VERY soon!


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220137926 Alex Bodoh

    why is there tape over all of the sprint logos???

  • John_clavis

    I heard the battery sucks a big one. a BIG one.

  • That Guy

    It’s basically a Sensation without the design and with much of its performance likely to be taken up by 3D. That minor bit of extra RAM is going to go towards 3D. It’s a good deal heavier than the Sensation and is a bit bigger, adding to the fact that it’s form factor isn’t as nice as the Sensation’s. Once you get over the whole 3D thing you’ll wish you had the Sensation’s normal 8mp camera. Battery is a good deal bigger on the Evo 3D, but if these battery rumors are true, it’s likely that with everything else on this phone the battery life is compromised by 3D. It’s sad because this phone’s best card is also it’s worst: people will buy it because it’s 3D, but unfortunately that very 3D capability makes so many other aspects of the phone suffer.

    • http://twitter.com/xguntherc Cory (xguntherc)

      @aad01bd60cf3479db1b5f1ea9cf4e2ea:disqus Can’t forget the Wimax that might also be sucking battery harder than the Sensation 4G on T-Mo

    • Anonymous

      The 5mp camera takes 2560×1920 resolution photos and has autofocus and dual-LED flash.  That is more than sufficient for a cell phone camera.  The 3D feature is only used for photos, movies, and games.  It can be turned on and off by using the dedicated switch.  Therefore, if you don’t want your battery compromised by 3D, turn it off.  3D performance is a non-issue with the dual-core 1.2GHz processor.  No one will be getting over 3D anytime soon.  It’s here to stay and will become a standard on future smart phones.  To me, the 3D capability is a great extra feature to the already awesome specs of this phone.  I’m not sure how you say the 3D makes “so many other aspects of the phone suffer” when the only negative is the shorter battery life.

    • Anonymous

      The 5mp camera takes 2560×1920 resolution photos and has autofocus and dual-LED flash.  That is more than sufficient for a cell phone camera.  The 3D feature is only used for photos, movies, and games.  It can be turned on and off by using the dedicated switch.  Therefore, if you don’t want your battery compromised by 3D, turn it off.  3D performance is a non-issue with the dual-core 1.2GHz processor.  No one will be getting over 3D anytime soon.  It’s here to stay and will become a standard on future smart phones.  To me, the 3D capability is a great extra feature to the already awesome specs of this phone.  I’m not sure how you say the 3D makes “so many other aspects of the phone suffer” when the only negative is the shorter battery life.

  • http://twitter.com/simms22 simms22

    omg, those are terrible benchmarks!

  • Anonymous

    Dam i love my G S 2.

  • Spoken Word™

    This phone is a beast. Friday can’t get here soon enough. I pre-ordered mine from Wirefly and I’m overflowing with anticipation. I bought the Sensation and love Sense 3.0 but I’m not enamored with the styling of the phone itself. Some may love the curvy lines but I’m not and the back/battery cover isn’t attractive to me at all.