HTC Evo 3D landing in the UK next month

HTC Evo 3D landing in the UK next monthGood old HTC. We were hoping we'd get to see the 3D-tastic Evo 3D over on UK shores at some point, and HTC has obliged: best of all, that point is next month.

That means that after taking an absolute age to go on sale the LG Optimus 3D will have a 3D rival almost from day one, and a rival boasting a pretty stonkingly good spec elsewhere too.

The Evo 3D first took a bow over in the US three months ago, but with its 4G-friendly marketing HTC made it clear pretty much from the start that this was a US-only release. Our hope at the time was that the essence of the handset would at least be recreated in a more UK-friendly release sometime over the summer – because besides being only the second 3D smartphone to cross our paths, the Evo 3D also came packing a formidable set of specifications elsewhere too.

And now we can take a closer look at those specs, as the Evo 3D is very much heading to European shores.

For starters, there's a 4.3in qHD screen, together with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, twin-5MP cameras and 720p video shooting, all held together by the familiar HTC Sense running on top of Android Gingerbread. Plus, like on the LG Optimus 3D, fans get their extra dimension jollies without requiring to wear the glasses.

Nothing yet on a specific launch date or what the Evo 3D will cost, but we'll keep you posted.

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drunken_prozac  Jun. 27, 2011 at 13:15

now the question is.... I have been waiting 2 months for the Sensation to come out on orange, do I wait another month and get this or just get the sensation?!?

blizzard7  Jun. 27, 2011 at 13:27

Reviewers say:
- Sensation has a better battery life.
- Sensation is a smaller, lighter unit with arguably better build quality.
- 3D effect on the EVO 3D can make some people a bit nauseous and tends to be blurry on the edges of the screen.
- Sensation has 1080p recording, the EVO 3D can only do 720p.
- The EVO 3D has more RAM (1 GB vs. 768 MB).

Coupled with the higher price point this may command, I would recommend the Sensation over the EVO 3D (unless specs for the UK version differ from the US version). It's worth checking out the Engadget review of the EVO 3D for more details.

drunken_prozac  Jun. 27, 2011 at 13:46

yeah, that was my thought's.
256mb more ram in 3D but prob needs it to run the 3D. also thought the bigger battery would be useful but seems the 3D need the extra power to run it.

Might just go for the Sensation then :)

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 27, 2011 at 14:14

How does LG Optimus 3D compares to HTC? Is it really bad?

blizzard7  Jun. 27, 2011 at 14:47

It seems 3D photography and the display really canes the battery. I guess if you're a bit more sensible you'll be able to match the more reasonable Sensation battery which most people say lasts about a day and a half.

shadders139  Jun. 27, 2011 at 18:18

i think the 3d is the hands down better option than the sensation. the engagdet review seemed way too harsh on it and didn't understand it- all others reviews seem to be much more praising. The 3d has a bigger battery in it- so if you want to match and beat sensation battery life- then just don't play 3d videos

shadders139  Jun. 27, 2011 at 18:20

blizzard7  Jun. 27, 2011 at 21:28

"so if you want to match and beat sensation battery life- then just don't play 3d videos"
Isn't that like saying buy a fast car but drive it slowly to save petrol? I understand where you're coming from and I don't own either phone so I can't exactly say I know which one lasts longer for sure.

Anyway, you thought Engadget were harsh, you should read the Gizmodo review! The 3D isn't even on the UI anyway so I think on balance, the fact the Sensation is a much smaller, lighter phone and has the ability to 1080p record as well as being cheaper, makes it the better phone IMO.

shadders139  Jun. 27, 2011 at 23:44

@blizzard7, i see what you're saying as well, but it seems unfair to say "well if you play 3d videos, the battery will run low on the evo 3d, whereas the sensation can't play 3d videos and so it's battery cannot run low". If you compare the two phone battery's by using both phones the same- the evo 3d would win because it has a larger capacity battery. I intend to get the phone and play 3d videos- but i certainly won't be doing that all the time. The 3d capability i feel it's a nice touch to differentiate it from other powerful smart phones and also future proofs it. Also i find being able to record 3d video and pictures a pretty cool feature.The evo 3d has a larger RAM which is a main advantage over the sensation

both phones are pretty much identical in size, no pricing has been announced for the 3d- it may not be much more expensive- may even be the same price on a good contract. Safe to say i've been following this one for a while! i intend to make it my new phone, and perhaps that makes me biased but i just think its better overall :)

shadders139  Jun. 27, 2011 at 23:47

btw i wasn't quoting you above- just paraphrasing :)

blizzard7  Jun. 28, 2011 at 00:06

To be honest, I wasn't downing the EVO 3D. It is without a doubt a better phone than the Sensation. I was just trying to say that in my opinion, I would take the smaller body (you're right there's not that much in it), that's almost a millimetre thinner and 22g lighter and 1080p recording over the extra RAM and 3Dness. However, looking into it, it seems the EVO 3D has a way better front facing camera, which does win back some points from me. Either way, no matter what I say you'll be getting a fantastic phone! Enjoy!

shadders139  Jun. 28, 2011 at 00:15

haha thanks- i'm sure it'll be a huge step up from my age old htc hero :) just hope i can find a good deal so i won't have to pay extortionate prices!

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 28, 2011 at 08:02

What do you do with front facing camera?

Stelph  Jun. 28, 2011 at 12:38

I wonder how much this will cost? The LG Optimus 3D was recently £399 on ebuyer which was really tempting. Personally im not sold on the idea of having a 3D TV at home (not enough space or money for one) but if it was an added feature on my smartphone without (too much) added cost I would go for it TBH, as you can then watch 3D back on youtube or even create your own ones using the camera, quite swish

gotanyglazby  Jun. 29, 2011 at 09:14

Will probably cost £45 pm and then £150 for the handset on most providers.
It's a bit of a let down there is no 3D used in 'any' of the UI.. seems a bit of a waste.. batterys can be recharged..

shadders139  Jun. 29, 2011 at 19:57

i think that's more likely, £35 per month and then maybe a bit for the handset. although i still think that's a bit too much to pay for a phone

gotanyglazby  Jun. 30, 2011 at 13:58

The x10 was £45 pm on 12 month contract last year.. but I got the phone free.

shadders139  Jun. 30, 2011 at 14:13

ah, I was talking about 24 month contracts. This phone is too high spec to only use for a year :)

gotanyglazby  Jun. 30, 2011 at 14:16

I'm bored of my x10, way too slow sometimes.. time for the htc 3d - on 12 monther of course ;)

shadders139  Jun. 30, 2011 at 14:23

in that case, you'll be able to get one of the quad core phones that will be out next year, once your evo 3d contract has finished.

gotanyglazby  Jul. 13, 2011 at 09:00

shadders139  Jul. 13, 2011 at 12:24

i think that's the sim free version. i think the exclusive vodafone release is due for the last week of july


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