After the Sprint press conference officially ended, they quite literally pulled back the curtains to reveal a large viewing area, with a team of Sprint and HTC employees available to demo the HTC EVO 3D and View 4G. While we weren't allowed to get our mitts on the EVO 3D, we were allowed to play with the View 4G a bit. In both cases, the employees on the floor provided a quick hands-on of the devices. We managed to snag some HD video of the demonstrations for both devices, as well as a few photos.
As a reminder, the EVO 3D specs:
- 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB ROM
- 8GB microSD card in box (supports up to 32GB)
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Sense UI
- Glasses-free 3D display
- WiMAX (4G)
- Dual 5MP cameras for 3D recording
The EVO 3D uses a new port called micro high-definition link (MHL), which combines microUSB and microHDMI into one port. On the upside, this makes manufacturing cheaper and easier, and you'll be able to charge whether you're plugged into an HDMI port or a USB port. On the downside, only microUSB is compatible with the new spec, so your old mHDMI cables won't fit. Buzzkill.
In my opinion, the EVO 3D offered a far superior 3D experience than its competition (namely, the LG Optimus 3D), but Artem wasn't quite so sold on that. We did both agree that the effect was cool under the right conditions. The companies (HTC and Sprint) have assured us that what we saw was early-build software, and they've allotted themselves plenty of time to improve the experience.
As for the kickstand, one of the reps told us that there is a prototype back (cover) for the phone that does have a kickstand. He's found it to be slightly better than the one found on the EVO 4G. If this back doesn't make it on to the production model, he said it may be sold as an accessory.