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HTC To Tackle Optimus 3D, iPhone 5 With Sub-£500 Evo 3D

HTC's new top of the range smartphone, the Evo 3D, is set to land in the UK on the 12th of September according to an updated Amazon product page, which also reveals the handset's price of £499.99, a 12 per cent drop from £570, slightly less than we were expecting.

The handset is £82 more expensive than the LG Optimus 3D P920, the only other 3D smartphone on the market, but wholly justifies its price tag.

For a start, it comes with a more powerful SoC, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 model clocked at 1.2GHz. There's also 1GB RAM, 1GB onboard storage and a complimentary 8GB microSD card.

Like the Optimus 3D, it has two five-megapixel cameras that allow it to capture photos at that resolution and 3D photos at up to two-megapixels (full HD) with AF and dual power LED flash, but the Evo 3D can only record 2D/3D videos at 720p which is a disappointment; plus it has an HD front facing camera.

As expected from a top-end phone, it offers Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA compatibility, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI and a massive 4.3-inch 540x960 pixel qHD capacitive 3D glassless screen.

Carphone Warehouse has already confirmed that it will be selling the phone in September as well, which will coincide with the launch of the iPhone 5 while Vodafone is said to have dropped the phone altogether for the foreseeable future.