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HTC's 3D iPhone 5 Rival On Preoder From Amazon For Under £500

The HTC Evo 3D smartphone has only been recently put on preorder on Amazon and its price has already been cut by 12 percent within days, from £570 to £500.

The handset (opens in new tab) is expected to be released in the UK on the 12th of September and is already listed as the 64th best selling smartphone on Amazon. Like the LG Optimus 3D, the Evo 3D is a glassless 3D capable smartphone that comes with a massive 4.3-inch display, twin five-megapixel cameras, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Gi, microSD card reader, and a dual core processor.

However the Evo 3D justifies the additional premium over the Optimus 3D. For a start, its screen has a qHD resolution, that's 35 per cent more pixels compared to its LG counterpart, while it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 20 per cent faster than the other 3D handset.

Add in a more powerful battery, Android 2.3 Gingerbread by default (with HTC Sense UI), 1GB RAM, 4GB onboard storage and onboard GPS and you have a powerful smartphone that should easily compete with the HTC Sensation (available for a tad less) and the Galaxy S2.

Only Vodafone has confirmed that it will sell the top-end smartphone handset although it has yet to say when it will be sold.

Désiré Athow

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.