Some consider the time right before a major event the “calm before the storm,” and with CTIA right around the corner and details regarding some of the most speculated and anticipated devices starting to leak out, the calm is definitely turning into something a bit more interesting. I’ve speculated in the past about 3D, and if it’s the next big thing for smartphones, and while many believe that tablets will be the primary focus of manufacturers in the near future, it looks like smartphones are getting the biggest piece of the pie right now. And while LG’s Optimus 3D is no slouch in the specs department, I’m not surprised that it’s actually HTC that have managed to put together a beast of a device with 3D in tow. That is, if the rumors are true.
The HTC EVO 3D is rumored to be unveiled at Sprint’s CTIA event soon, along with plenty of other devices that all feature one thing in common: Android under the hood. And while 3D is a cool feature in of itself, HTC has apparently decided to pretty much throw in everything – including the kitchen sink – in the design of the EVO 3D. There’s a 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood. A 4.3-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960x540, which also features Autostereoscopic 3D capabilities. 4GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. And on the back, two 5MP cameras, and a 1.3MP camera on the front for all those video calls you’ll be doing. The battery is huge at 1730mAh, and there’s Android 2.3 running the show.
Folks, there are so many desirable features in that specs list that, even if the EVO 3D didn’t have 3D as a feature, people would still be clamoring for it. And that’s exactly why HTC is doing this whole 3D adoption thing right. 3D is barely a proven medium in the home theater market, and while video games are picking up the technology for their own gains, it’s a new area for smartphones. And while LG has a sexy device in that of the Optimus 3D, it’s still just another device if you get rid of the 3D aspect. The HTC EVO 3D, though, is staggering in its prowess and feature set, and that’s exactly how you get people to embrace 3D.
By throwing the technology into a package that is eye-catching all by itself, people will be happy to bring 3D into their lives. Even if they hardly use it (like those front-facing cameras?) it’s there and it’s being adopted. Eventually, for whatever reason, someone will use that 3D feature and show it off to their friends, along with that huge display and ridiculously powerful hardware, and suddenly there’s a new fan. Someone else who rushes out there and buys another EVO 3D.
This is how 3D will be adopted, and quickly. HTC’s doing the right thing here. But again, that’s just what it looks like from a leak. If HTC doesn’t have this behemoth of a phone waiting in the wings to launch at CTIA, and it turns out to be just a slightly upgraded EVO with Autostereoscopic 3D thrown in just for fun, then HTC’s got a pretty good chance of having a failure device on their hands. I think there’s a strong chance that this super phone is the real deal. But that could very well just be me hoping blindly.
What do you think of HTC’s 3D adoption plan? Think it will work? Or should HTC just stay away from the market for now? Let me know in the comments below.