HTC's Evo 3D heads for the UK in July

HTC has confirmed that the Evo 3D is heading to the UK next month, narrowly missing becoming the first Android handset to ship in the UK with a glasses-free three-dimensional display.

The HTC Evo 3D and LG's rival Optimus 3D have been in a race to be the first to go on sale in the UK. While the Optimus 3D appeared to have an early lead with an April launch date, delays in getting stock mean that it won't be releasing until early next month at which point it may still have a few days grace over the rival device.

Like LG's equivalent, the Evo 3D's main selling point is its glasses-free auto-stereoscopic 3D display. Based around the same technology as Nintendo's 3DS hand-held console, it creates an illusion of depth by pushing a slightly different image to each eye.

A 3D display is no good without 3D content, however, but HTC reckons it has that covered: dual 5-megapixel f/2.2 cameras - with flash - on the rear are able to capture 2D or 3D images and video, while a content distribution service for 3D content is also promised.

Like HTC's other Android handsets, the Evo 3D includes the Sense UI. Whether that's a blessing or a curse depends on your particular taste, but HTC promises a tweaked version suited to the 3D display with the Weather app in particular getting a whole new look.

For those more interested in the specifications, the handset packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor - likely to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon - with 1GB of RAM and a further 1GB of internal storage behind the 4.3-inch 3D LCD touchscreen display. GPS, 802.11b/g/n, and Bluetooth 3.0 are included as standard, while dual-band 900/2100MHz WCDMA and quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM connectivity is also provided.

A microSD slot allows for storage expansion, while a microUSB connector offers charging and data connectivity along with the option to connect an HDMI output converter cable. A surprisingly powerful 1730mAh battery keeps everything ticking over for around 465 minutes of talk time and 358 hours of standby.

Sadly, HTC has yet to confirm which version of Android will be shipping on the device. With rival LG's Optimus 3D including the outdated Android 2.2 'FroYo,' HTC could convince customers to hang fire for the Evo 3D if it includes Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' out of the box.

Official pricing has yet to be confirmed.