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CTIA Wireless: Hands-on with the Sprint's HTC Evo 3D and Evo View 4G tablet

ORLANDO — Sprint CEO Dan Hesse revealed two big new products at CTIA Wireless: the HTC Evo 3D smartphone and the HTC Evo View 4G tablet.
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Sprint reps prohibited members of the press to hold the Evo 3D smartphone, but at the very least we got to look at the Evo View 4G, the U.S. version of the HTC Flyer tablet.

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Sprint had a number of accessories already on display, including protective cases and HDMI cables for transfering HD and 3D videos to compatible HDTVs.

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Both of these HTC/Sprint devices offer HDMI and DLNA video output for connecting to HDTVs and can serve as hotspots for up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

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The HTC Evo 3D and Evo View 4G tablet brings Sprint's total of 4G devices to 22.

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Using an HDMI cable, the 3D video can be instantly transfered to the connected 3D HDTV. Just note that the screen goes blank on the phone when using the output function.

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Users shouldn't need 3D glasses to shoot or view 3D video playback on the 4.3-inch qHD 3D display. I only looked for a minute or two, but the screen still looked a bit fuzzy when in 3D mode. However, these are prototypes, so that could change when released.

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The smartphone will run on a 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor with extra horsepower for demanding apps and is promised to perform "like a PC."

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Other specs include dual 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

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The next big announcement was the 7-inch HTC Evo View 4G tablet, which is backwards compatible with 3G connections. While I didn't have it with me to compare, the Evo View tablet feels a lot like the Nook Color in grip, size and weight. The display, however, is definitely brighter and clearer.

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Running on HTC Sense with a 1.5Ghz processor, it also runs on Gingerbread as well with an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) promised for a later date.

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The latest version of HTC Sense looks like an accordion of apps as users can toggle from left to right to access apps across multiple screens. 

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Users can record HD videos using the available dual cameras, read books, as well as make and receive video calls.

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The Evo View is also designed to be partnered with the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory, which can capture meeting/class notes while simultaneously recording audio, make notations while surfing the web, and sign/print documents.

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Pricing wasn't revealed, but both of these mobile products will be available this summer.

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For more information, check out our coverage directly from CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida!

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