HTC Flyer
New EVO to be first "glasses-free" 3D smartphone, new tablets support digital pen technology

Yesterday, we reported on a pair of impressive-looking devices -- a smartphone and tablet, respectively -- from LG for T-Mobile. Today, HTC is following suit with its own kick-punch combo with the HTC EVO 3D smartphone and HTC EVO View 4G tablet for Sprint, as well as the 7-inch HTC Flyer tablet for Best Buy.

First up, the HTC EVO 3D is the first 4G "glasses-free" device that allows video capture and playback in 3D. It boasts a QHD 3D 4.3-inch display, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor.

"Sprint is taking wireless innovation to the next level once again as we bring our customers the ability to experience 3D on their phone without glasses," said Spring representative Steve Elfman in a press release.

Sprint offered a number of real-world applications for the 3D display:

Real estate agents can create and share 3D virtual tours of homes that let out-of-town buyers “walk through” the house and truly experience the listings before they can see them live.
3D mapping of terrain will help build new and exciting features for navigation, and hikers will be able to get aerial views of the topography of rivers and mountains while in the backcountry.

The EVO 3D will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC's Sense UI. In addition to the 720p 3D HD video camera, it will include a 1.3-inch megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, WiMax capability, DLNA support, 4GB internal memory with 1GB RAM, microSD slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, stereo Bluetooth, and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery. Feel free to check out the fact sheet for the full spec list.

Meanwhile, the HTC EVO View 4G, "will bring the best of the HTC EVO experience into a tablet design," according to the press release. It boasts a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel main camera with HD-video capability, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one for video chat, and the latest version of HTC's Sense UI on top of Android Honeycomb. It also includes 32GB internal memory, 1GB RAM, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 4000 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

What's novel about the View, though, is the introduction of HTC Scribe Technology, which employs a digital pen to -- when paired with apps such as Evernote -- make notes on Web pages, ebooks, and PDF documents. It also supports an enhanced voice-synchronized note-taking feature called Timemark that makes it possible to capture the audio of a meeting at the same time as written notes.

No pricing or launch date has been announced for either device, but they are both slated to hit Sprint some time this summer.

Finally, the HTC Flyer tablet -- which appears to basically be a Wi-Fi-only version of the EVO View 4G -- has been announced exclusively for Best Buy. No further information regarding availability of the Flyer has been released, but -- with the exception of the WiMax/CDMA antenna -- the specs are identical to the View 4G.

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