PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 August, 2011, 12:00am


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The third dimension is coming to the mobile phone. With HTC's new EVO 3D, you can take photos and record videos in all three dimensions and view them on the device without cumbersome 3D glasses.

For recording, the EVO 3D features two 5-megapixel cameras that replicate the viewing angle of your eyes. By capturing the two perspectives and integrating them with built-in software, it gives you the visual equivalent of actually looking at the scene.

The problem with 3D previously was that you needed a special screen and special glasses to get the full effect. With the EVO 3D, however, HTC has put in a breakthrough stereoscopic display (10.9cm qHD, 540x960 pixels), which, according to the company, will let you enjoy 3D content without the glasses. The effect should be similar to that of the Nintendo NDS 3D, which also doesn't require you to wear glasses for 3D games.

The display resolution isn't as high as with other high-end smartphones, and 3D photos are limited to 2 megapixels while 3D video is shot at 720p - as opposed to full HD at 1080p - but that's the compromise you have to put up with for 3D.

Everything also works in 2D, so you can still share photos with friends who haven't got the extra dimension yet.

The EVO 3D is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, with the HTC Sense user interface on top of Android 2.3, and sells for HK$5,398.

Pros: 3D camera, stereoscopic display that shows 3D content without special glasses

Cons: it's still hard to share 3D content with your friends