Sprint, HTC announce 3D smartphone, 7-in. tablet

Both to be available this summer

ORLANDO -- Sprint and HTC on Tuesday announced a 3D smartphone and a 7-in. tablet that will both run over Sprint's 4G WiMax network.

The HTC Evo 3D smartphone and the HTC Evo View tablet will both be available sometime this summer, CEO Dan Hesse said at the International CTIA Wireless conference here. Pricing was not announced. Sprint and HTC introduced the first WiMax smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G, a year ago. The phone, which started shipping in June, has been Sprint's most successful smartphone, Hesse said.

The stereoscopic 3D capability of the smartphone will be viewable without glasses, and the content can be connected to a 3D-capable TV through an HDMI port, Sprint officials said. The growth in popularity of 3D televisions, which require viewing with special glasses, indicates that 3D-capable smartphones will also be popular, they added.

The smartphone will run Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread. It will also feature a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor running in dual core, the fastest smartphone on the market, HTC said. The View tablet will come with a Scribe digital pen that allows pen input and editing of documents. It will also record the audio from a meeting allowing a user to tap a word in a document to find a location in the audio, Sprint said.

The tablet runs a 1.5 GHz processor and has dual cameras for videoconferencing. It will first ship with the Android 2.3 OS and will then move to Android 3.0, known as Honeycomb as soon as possible, Sprint said.

Hesse said new products bring to 22 the number of WiMax-capable devices it has put on the market. Hesse called it "4G and not Faux G," a reference to slower 4G speeds of other network providers.

HTC Evo View tablet will be available this summer, Sprint said.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

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