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HTC To Debut Evo 3D Smartphone In UK Soon

HTC has upped the ante and released a new 3D smartphone, the Evo 3D, in the UK; it is essentially the HTC Sensation with 3D slapped on, and is the first time that the US-centric Evo brand has been launched in the UK.

The phone was introduced back in March 2011 by Sprint in America and is the first 3D "glasses-free" smartphone on the market. In a move that's reminiscent of what LG did with its Optimus brand (Optimus 2X and Optimus 3D), HTC has used the Sensation as the template for the Evo 3D.

Apart from the 3D upgrade to the qHD 4.3-inch capacitive display, the smartphone also comes with that Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core system on chip, the MSM8660, which has an Adreno 220 GPU.

Additional key features include a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, two five-megapixel cameras offering 720p 3D video capture & two LED flashes, DLNA compatibility, 3G mobile hotspot capability with the ability to support up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Android 2.3, and a 1730mAh battery.

The Evo 3D is also the first smartphone to offer the Watch video on demand service from HTC with a number of 3D movies already available. The phone will come with a free copy of "The Green Lantern" in 3D, in some territories and you will be able to watch them on a 3D compatible TV using an optional HDMI cable. No news yet as to how much it will cost or who, amongst the big five mobile phone operators in the UK, will sell the phone.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.