HTC Finally Has a True Superphone – the HTC EVO 3D for Sprint

by: Darcy LaCouveeMarch 20, 2011

Now it looks like the Android Superphone Wars of 2011 are finally getting serious. Thinking a while back, I was mulling over what hardware – soon to be released or otherwise – that would deserve a place in my pocket. Phones like the LG Optimus 2X, the Motorola Droid Bionic, the Motorola Atrix, the extremely powerful LG Optimus 3D, and the beautiful Samsung Galaxy S II all came to mind. Where is the HTC phone you may ask? Finally, we have received reputable reports from BGR that a ridiculously powerful HTC Superphone will be debuted at CTIA.

There have been rumors about this phone for a long, long time. Previously dubbed the HTC Pyramid, rumors floated around the internet from forum to forum, comment to comment. Most recently some renderings from Chinese site XNCA were released to much fanfare. Thanks to BGR and their insider connects, we can now finally confirm that HTC is indeed releasing a beast of a phone, with specs that have the potential to dethrone even the mightiest of superphones – the LG Optimus 3D.

HTC EVO 3D Specs:

  • 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540-pixel Autostereoscopic 3D display (BGR Made a mistake, saying 960×450)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB of ROM
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8660 Snapdragon CPU
  • dual rear 5-megapixel cameras with dedicated camera button
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Wireless streaming via DLNA
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • and a whopping 1730mAh battery

How’s that for incredible specs? Really, at this stage in the game , it simply doesn’t get any better than this. This particular set of hardware specifications has the potential to make this HTC Superphone more powerful than the Motorola Atrix, the LG Optimus 2x, the extremely powerful LG Optimus 3D or even the Samsung Galaxy II. While the display has been reputed to be not quite up to the same level of the Motorola Atrix/Bionic, it’s still quite good, and better than any of the other Android Phones on the market (or soon to be). That being said, we will have to wait until the phone actually materializes before we rush to judgment on declaring it the fastest, most powerful, most amazing Android superphone of 2011. Thankfully though, readers will be happy to know that this particular Soc – the 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8660 Snapdragon CPU – is alleged to have vastly improved battery life over previous iterations of the Snapdragon family, so perhaps it could do some good in improving HTC’s reputation in this area.

Please tell me it’s not running Android 2.2 Froyo…

HTC really seems to have the timing right with the upcoming release of this particular phone. The HTC EVO 3D will be running Android Gingerbread 2.3 with the latest HTC Sense UI. Further to this, it will also be able to output 1080p video via HDMI 1.4 and output 720p 3D content as well. Finally, HTC has answered with an incredible phone for 2011.

According to a variety of sources, BGR included, the HTC EVO 3d is undoubtedly real. Also, if you’re into knowing more about this particular Soc/Processor powering this amazing device, check out the ever reliable Anandtech for more info.

What do you think? Atrix? Galaxy S II? Thunderbolt? Bionic? Or will you be holding out until the dust settles? Either way, you will likely have to wait for a number of these devices. As always – stay tuned for more! Things really are heating up in the mobile space. I can’t even imagine what it will look like a year from now.


After some further exploration of the potential specs in this phone, I have discovered that it is looking highly likely that this phone will not only have a 1.2Ghz Dual-core Qualcomm 8660 Snapdragon CPU, but will also have the Adreno 220 GPU, which is an incredible powerhouse. According to the savvy info-hunters at GizmoNinja, via PocketNow, the Adreno 220 GPU is alleged to be anywhere from 10-15% faster than the Nvidia Tegra 2. Time will tell, but a small but important spec to be aware of.

  • Michael Sena

    All I want to say to this is – about damn time!

    But still, where is the amazing 4.3 inch QWERTY Dual Core Superphone? WHERE????

    HTC – thank you for making your phones so easy to mod and install custom firmware on – we love you. Motorola – shame on you!

    I wonder why Qualcomm has been unwilling to play ball with regard to allowing Anand and others to benchmark? Maybe they are scared of Nvidia and TI…. I still think the Galaxy S II / LG Optimus 3d are packin more punch!

    Time will tell. Makes me droooooolllll!!

    • Ferris

      Haaaa ya right Michael – you wish. This HTC Phone is going to blow the !##@ off anything being made by Moto, Sammy, Sony or LG…. HTC TImed it just right and you know it!

      Long Live the EVO!

  • anon

    Other than the 3d features, which I’m not sure I can use, I don’t see a large improvement over the bionic or the atrix. It does have more memory than the bionic but other than that, I don’t see the big draw. One thing I do have to give to HTC is that they make much nicer looking phones than everyone else besides Apple. Announce a vanilla Android option and that would turn things around for me. Until then, count me as not impressed.

  • Rayyan

    First article I really like on androidauthority. Well done, and keep ’em coming!

  • Ivorypeppie

    Easily the best of the Superphones for 2011 with the LG Optimus 3D a close second. The question is did Sprint time it well AND think ahead by making the Evo 3D both Wimax and LTE compatible.

  • AceoStar

    Sprint, if you are out there listening. You can gain at least 1 more customer by releasing this in April or May instead of June