HTC launches 3D smartphone in Taiwan

Aug 17, 2011
A model displays the HTC Evo 3D,during a press conference in Taipei. Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC launched its first 3D cellphone onto the local market, picking what a local telecom operator said was an opportune time ahead of the iPhone 5.

Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC Wednesday launched its first 3D cellphone onto the local market, picking what a local telecom operator said was an opportune time ahead of the iPhone 5.

The HTC Evo 3D, which is already on sale in the US, carries a 4.3-inch touch screen and allows users to capture and play images that come across as being in three dimensions without the need for specially designed glasses.

"This is very good timing and puts the product on the market before Apple launches its iPhone 5," said Cliff Lai, co-president of Taiwan Mobile, a local cell operator which joined forces with HTC in launching the gadget.

The cellphone, which costs Tw$21,900 ($760), uses Google's Andriod 2.3 platform and enables users to browse 3D images or play games in 3D.

South Korea's launched a 3D mobile phone, LG Optimus 3D, earlier this year.

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epsi00
not rated yet Aug 17, 2011
hallelujah, someone somewhere beat Apple to the market!
MarkyMark
not rated yet Aug 17, 2011
hallelujah, someone somewhere beat Apple to the market!

Good this means when the iphone 6-7 comes out its 3d camera will work well. Assumng this teh takes off in th market then of course Apple will have dodged the bullet.
qualia
not rated yet Aug 17, 2011
this possibly looks to use stereo vision for the 3d effect. recent advances have turned to monocular 3d processing, so won't be long i suppose until iphone/pad has just single camera 3d imaging, no need for a hardware "rewrite"