When the latest phones come with 8MP cameras, 4.3in screens, HDMI ports for hooking up to a TV, or the ability to double as a laptop, finding something that breaks new ground is an achievement. Whether it's a gimmick, remains to be seen.
That new feature is 3D. Come September, Telstra will be launching its first 3D phone in Australia, the HTC EVO 3D.
The phone is being pitched as a "3D entertainment hub", and users can view games, photos and video in 3D without wearing special glasses. The twin 5MP cameras can be toggled to 3D mode to take 3D video and photos.
The HTC EVO 3D: coming to Telstra in September
There's already one other 3D phone announced in Australia, LG's Optimus 3D. Despite being initially skeptical, our first impressions
earlier this year were positive.
The good news is that on paper, at least, the HTC EVO 3D doesn’t look like a one-trick pony. The phone has a big 4.3in qHD screen (540x960), is capable of 720p video recording, runs a 1.2Ghz CPU, Flash 10.2, Android Gingerbread, and has a 1.3MP front camera for video chat.
Telstra though,was not yet ready to release pricing information at the time of writing. LG's Optimus 3D was launched by Optus
for $799 outright or on a $59 plan.