We weren’t expecting glasses-free 3D phones in the U.S. till the second half of 2011, but several Japanese carriers have already announced 3D phones for this year. Softbank already announced a pair of 3D phones from Sharp and today NTT Docomo also revealed they will be offering a 3D device from Sharp.
The Sharp LYNX 3D (SH-03C) will go on sale in December and offer the ability to capture 3D pictures and view them in 3D on the 3.8 inch display. Sharp is using a vertically zoned parallax barrier, which enables 3D viewing with the naked-eye. In addition, you can convert your own 2D photos to 3D (by software processing), and watch mobile TV in 3D as well.
Unfortunately the LYNX 3D ships with the older Android 2.1, but NTT Docomo said Android 2.2 should be available in the spring next year.
We couldn’t find anything in the Japanese press release, but we expect the LYNX 3D will also support the new 3D games that are coming to other Sharp phones this year.
Check out the demo video below and let us know if you can picture yourself wanting to own a 3D phone.