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Sprint stores will begin carrying a 3-D smartphone and a 7-inch tablet on June 24, both of which run Google Android and use the operator’s WiMAX network. The $199 HTC Evo 3D boasts two camera sensors to create 3-D images which can be seen without glasses.

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Sprint stores will begin carrying a 3-D smartphone and a 7-inch tablet on June 24, both of which run Google’s Android operating system and use the operator’s WiMAX network. The HTC Evo 3D will cost $199 after contract, while the HTC View tablet, a 4G version of the HTC Flyer, is priced at $399 with contract. Unique to the updated Evo handset is a pair of 5-megapixel camera sensors, capable of taking high-definition video or stills in 3-D, and a stereoscopic display to view the 3-D images without glasses.

This marks the third refresh of the popular HTC Evo for Sprint. The new model uses a large, 4.3-inch touchscreen and boosts the resolution to qHD, or 960 x 540, over the prior models. Like T-Mobile’s HTC Sensation 4G, the Evo 3D runs on a dual-core, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and version 2.3 of Android. HTC Sense 3.0 runs atop the standard Android interface, providing useful features such as an active lock screen and a 3-D carousel of home screens. I’ve been using the new Sense software for several days and can see why many people like it. It provides a far better experience over the stock Android user interface.

 

That same Sense software is also on the HTC View, which gives the tablet a “big smartphone” look and feel. The View is nearly identical to the $499 WiFi-only HTC Flyer (see our first look video here) but adds mobile broadband support. The 7-inch slate uses a single-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, which — on the Flyer — I find plenty fast enough for most tasks. Sprint is launching the View with Android 2.3, but says the tablet will be upgraded to Android 3.0 when, the carrier says, Honeycomb is available for tablets.

Like the very similar Flyer, Sprint’s HTC View tablet supports digital inking on the 1024 x 600 screen, but only with a special pen. Outside the U.S., the tablet includes the pen, but here, it’s an additional $80 purchase. Sprint, however, is including the digital pen accessory with the View, provided the customer signs up a two-year data plan contract.

Note that while both devices launch on June 24, Sprint will offer its Premier customers a three-day head start on the smartphone. Qualifying customers can order the Evo 3D online beginning on June 21 to get an early look at the glasses-free, 3-D capabilities of the handset.

  1. You’ve been using Sense 3.0 for the past few days? Do you have a review copy of the Evo 3D already?

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    1. No, I have an HTC Sensation 4G review unit, which also uses Sense 3.0.

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    2. Forgot to mention: have an HTC Flyer review unit as well, which uses Sense 2.1 for tablets, but appears identical to Sense 3.0 for smartphones.

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  2. I wonder how it will compare overall with the LG 3D coming out soon.
    Regardless Kevin, if you get an evaluation device, I am willing to bet that its going to be your next phone.
    3D camera and 3D glassless display are probably going to be a huge sell point to whoever is going to actually use it once.
    My bet is an innocent 3D capturing (pic/mov) of your Cat Kevin or other important people of your family ;) Past that I can’t see how you are going to pass on it. Unless you have a 3D camera and 3D TV.
    Just my personal prediction. lol. So when do you get one please? ;)

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    1. I’m hoping to get my hands on an eval, Tal, but I can already tell you that I won’t be purchasing the device. The first consideration for any connected device should be coverage and there’s no WiMAX where I work and live; I’d have to travel about 15 miles just to gain the benefit, so little point for me personally. Not even 3D pics of my cats will sway me from the coverage constraint. ;)

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      1. Ahhh. Well us Canadians always assume its a perfect mobile world down there in the states. Maybe the LG 3D will be for a carrier with a coverage for you …
        If I had a device where I captured my bandits in 3D – I would have hard time letting it go off my hands. Its just syfy for me ATM. I am probably still a kid in my heart.

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  3. Anyone know if the Flyer/Evo View can use regular N-trig pens? I layed in a couple extra for a new Fujitsu for $25.00 each. The $80.00 price is absurd.

    Will check if on display at local Best Buy.

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  4. whats the diffrence between the view and flyer

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    1. I believe the only difference is the Flyer is wifi only, and the Evo View will have access to Sprint’s data networks.

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