22
Mar
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As expected, Sprint just unveiled their upcoming EVO 3D handset and the EVO View 4G tablet. Both devices will have WiMax capabilities on Sprint's "4G" network (there was no mention of LTE, as Sprint is rumored to be transitioning to). No prices were announced today, and the release was announced as "this summer" (we expect a June-July release to compete with the iPhone 5).

HTC EVO 3D

As seen in our live blog of the event, the EVO 3D will have a 4.3" stereoscopic (for glasses-free 3D) qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and dual 5MP rear cameras that capture 3D. The phone will run Gingerbread out of the gates. Sprint also promises that it will have improved battery life over the original EVO (that shouldn't be difficult), and supposedly that battery will be in the 1700mAh range. It has 4GB of internal memory, along with 1GB of RAM. It also ships with an 8GB microSD card.

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Sprint claims that the dual-core processor in the EVO 3D will be better for multi-tasking than other dual-core processors. We don't have the details or stats to back that up just yet, but they have officially piqued our curiosity.

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One huge absence is the kickstand from the first EVO. We would have liked to have seen a bigger and sturdier one (like the Thunderbolt has) but instead they did away with it altogether. Wouldn't you want to prop your EVO up to watch those three-dimensional videos?

HTC EVO View 4G

Next came the EVO View 4G, which is essentially the same as the HTC Flyer.

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The 7" tablet runs a single-core 1.5GHz processor and totes a Scribe Pen stylus.

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It, along with the EVO 3D, allows for HDMI and DLNA video output. It will run Gingerbread out of the gates, and be updated to Honeycomb later on.

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Summing Up

So, if nothing else, today's Sprint event serves to remind us all that trusted leaks tend to be accurate. The coolest aspects of both devices were already known and, unfortunately, the bit of news that we did get could be construed as mildly disappointing. The lack of a kickstand is a head-scratching omission that must have been made to cut production costs or make room for the battery. We know almost certainly that Sprint is switching to LTE, so will the EVO 3D be future-proof in that respect? Wi-Max is fine, but if the same network has LTE down the road, I want my phone to handle it. Also the lack of prices may not be an encouraging sign. If low prices were going to be one of these devices' main selling points, we surely would have heard about it, no?

As always, we love to hear what you think in the comments.

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  • Al

    It seems I will keep my EVO 4G unless Sprint announces LTE connectivity in Phoenix, AZ and EVO 3D supports it. I'm already running gingerbread and the battery life for me is not a major concern (if i need to I can make my phone do 48 hrs or longer by turning off auto-sync and 3g and only using it as a phone)

  • http://chriskd.me Chris Dehghanpoor

    Phone won't run honeycomb - tablet will.

    • Will Shanklin

      You're right - post updated. :\

  • AceoStar

    Now that they've finally made the announcement, I'm feeling underwhelmed with the lack of clear date :( Spring just started, does a summer release mean 3 months out?

  • Alex Garcia

    I have a HTC desire Z and I love HTC. However, HTC did a really bad job with this tablet... who is the "smart" one that will buy one tablet with Froyo 2.2? And sorry, but that pen does not make any sense. Sorry HTC.... you failed with that tablet before it was born.
    PS: It should coast $199.00 bucks for that tablet.

    • aj

      It's got 2.3, not 2.2. But I agree. The tablet does absolutely nothing for me. All I care about is the Evo 3D.

  • liams

    I was hoping for a definite release date as well, but so far the Evo3D is following the same timing as the original Evo, so I think we can count on June.
    As for the 3d itself, It looks REALLY thin! The back is a bit underwhelming to look at, and the kickstand will be sorely missed, but the specs are convincing me. Especially with the promise of Ice Cream Sandwich looming in the future!

  • Alex Garcia

    No information about the price?

  • DRewskee

    No Xoom either. I was anticipating that tab to spark in that the conf. but that wasnt the case. No kickstand on the 3D Evo??? I hope there was a good reason for it and the tab looks nice but its just too small ..what 2 1/2 inches bigger than the EVO phone? A little disapointed but ima hold my head up and hope for the best from SPrint. These devices better be worth it or Verizon can go ahead and pick them up..i wouldnt care after regardless.

  • boriqua2000

    no kickstand?? WTF??

    • http://www.hollercentral.com hollercentral

      wow how I'm gonna watch pr0n, punch my clown, and hold the phone at the same time!

      • aj

        3d Pr0n!? OMG...THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!

      • Needs to be fixed

        That's exactly what I'm thinking. This phone is the best for Por.n. and movies.They have a case coming out with a kickstand. But you cant use that a charge the phone at the same time because they moved the power cord to the left side. Which will be the bottom of the phone if using kickstand case. Daaaaaahhhh Sprint. Fix it or ill keep my por.n machine.

  • abeee

    "1700MHz" = 1700mAh ?

    • Will Shanklin

      Thanks - updated with correction.

  • jon

    Since they did not say a date, hopefully the design is not final, like the Samsung tab. We should spam HTC and Sprint to add a kick stand, I use it all the time and don't see myself buying a phone without one.

    • aj

      I could live without the kickstand, although, It is kind of a bummer not seeing one on there. I use mine all the time too.

  • Shane

    kickstand is no biggie, cases can add this and if you have an extended battery on the evo the kickstand doesnt work well anyway. perhaps they will have a dock instead for landscape on the desk ;)

    the tablet is pointless, if i have to carry a device like a book, then it bettet be a 10in screen and have honeycomb..

  • Ben

    Love the new Evo will get it as soon as it get's ROOT and then will get rid of Blockbuster and any other bloatware then bring on MIUI and Cyanogen when they have stable runners for the phone. But Root with S-Off is a must then i will buy phone.

  • zehner

    Just curious but can anyone confirm if its running the new sense 2.0 ( i would think so since the Thunderbolt is) an if it has full HDMI not just gallery an youtube. THANKS

  • zehner

    Can anyone confirm if its running the new version of senseUI (I would image so since the Thunderbolt does) an if anyone can confirm it has full HDMI out not just gallery and Youtube.. Thanks

  • Abhishek

    The Battery is - Standard removable 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery

    The quick specs-
    1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor
    4.3-inch 3D QHD capacitive display (960 x 540)
    Standard removable 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery
    Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the latest version of HTC Sense
    3.5mm stereo headset jack
    Built-in Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
    4GB Internal memory/1GB RAM
    Expandable memory: 8GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB
    Dual 5 megapixel cameras to capture 3D video and images and a 1.3MP front-facing camera

  • Christopher Young

    I was kind of hoping for a 3D Sense Interface. I guess that won't be happening...

  • Abhishek

    Another best is HTC has included a switch near the 'DEDICATED CAMERA BUTTON' to change between 2D and 3D mode. :)

  • matt

    Sold! Im sure its gonna EXPENSIVE! So what....from looks of hardware its worth it as much as ive loved the one i got.

  • rudejamaican

    does this mean there will be no official gingerbread for the original evo :(

  • Jose

    LMAO!!! I have the Evo too. Looks like I'm going to be carrying two bricks holstered. No kickstand is a bummer if you watch clips while taking a crap.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    >> Wi-Max is fine, but if the same network has LTE down the road, I want my phone to handle it.

    Seriously, talks like this is a bit silly. By the time Sprint has LTE ready, I doubt that you would still want to keep your EVO 3D. Plus, it's unlikely Sprint will drop Wi-Max support immediately after LTE is available (otherwise, they will have to offer some plans to provide 4G to existing 4G subscribers.)

  • CAPCADET

    Dahh, i just got an original EVO

    ...i feel stupid...

  • masterpfa

    It surprises me that with a phone that has a 4.3" stereoscopic qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and dual 5MP rear cameras that capture 3D, Gingerbread, battery 1700mAh, 4GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM

    BUT ALL I HEAR PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IS THE LACK OF A KICK-STAND

    Come on people!

  • Freddy

    I have the EVO 3D and so far, I Love it... But what is Gingerbread?