The UK launch of the HTC Evo 3D has been delayed, a report suggests, giving LG’s rival Optimus 3D kit a clear run in the nascent market for 3D-capable smartphones.
HTC’s challenger was due to land in the UK next month. However, that due date now looks in doubt after Vodafone removed the handset from the ‘coming soon’ page of its website.
And the plot thickened when TechRadar approached the network in a bid to find out just why it had been pulled and was told that Vodafone now no longer plans to include the Evo 3D in its smartphone range.
Vodafone’s decision to withdraw the phone from sale in future strongly suggests to us that there could be some technical teething problems with the handset that we’ve yet to hear about.
Alternatively, the carrier could well have had a change of heart about 3D phones’ prospects in the ever more competitive smartphone space, amid reports of slow sales for the LG Optimus 3D.
For what it’s worth, we had a turn on the Optimus 3D and came away really impressed with the quality of the 3D stereoscopic tech and the option to convert 2D video, stills and games to 3D when Android 2.3 hits the phone later this year.
For a full run through of the phne's features, check out the fully comprehensive video hands-on on our sister site Omio. You'll need your glasses to enjoy the 3D effect, but at least you'll get a proper flavour of what it's got to offer.