Sprint had a rather mediocre Android showing at CES (they only showed off the HTC EVO Shift 4G), but this week the carrier revealed a special press event to take place on February 7th. At the time we had no idea what they were announcing, but Sprint promised another industry first and said magician David Blaine would be on hand to show us that “the impossible is possible”.
After thinking about it for a couple of days and looking back at my experiences from CES, I believe that Sprint and HTC will announce the world’s first 4G phone with a 3D display and 3D camera.
I did some digging and was told that the event is definitely Android related and will be used to announce a new 4G device. I also heard that there will be several announcements from HTC, but don’t expect the EVO II quite yet.
Initially we were told that phones with glasses-free 3D displays would appear in the second half of 2011, but then Sharp announced several models for Japan last year and showed them off at CES. Nintendo is also expected to release their 3DS handheld sometime in Q1, so 3D displays are coming sooner than you think.
Several large game developers have already announced support for 3D games and I can say some titles are nearly complete as we got some hands-on demos behind closed doors at CES last week.
I can also report that 3D movies should be available at the phone’s launch. I’ve seen demos last year in September and it really was something that made my jaw drop.
We have no idea of the device’s name, but I’ll do my best to predict the specs. All of the autostreoscopic 3D displays that I have seen were small, so I would guess HTC went with a 4″ screen at the most. Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon processors are still not ready, so this should be a single-core 1GHz MSM8x55. The device will be marketed as a media powerhouse, so expect HDMI out, a kickstand, large internal storage, and a multimedia docking accessory.
Anything is possible, but a 3D display is the only thing I can see Sprint getting excited about and claiming “yet another industry first”.
So what do you think Sprint will name this phone? The HTC Illusion?