Indian consumers currently have two glasses-free 3D smartphones to choose from, both top-end devices from major manufacturers – the LG Optimus 3D, and the freshly-launchedHTC Evo 3D. The devices retail for Rs. 37,000 and Rs. 35,990 – roughly the same price.
An obvious contest, if ever there was one, and we are curious to see which of the two devices will end up winning over the most consumers…to that end, we’ve compared the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D, and their specifications on paper. Of course, as we’ve seen in the past, specifications will not ultimately decide the course of the battle, nor will pricing – usability is what brings you to the finishing line. For now however, while we are still awaiting a review unit of the HTC Evo 3D, the specs on paper is all we have to go by.
The first, and probably the biggest difference between the HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus 3D is the CPU-GPU and memory combination – here HTC’s Evo 3D comes out as the clear winner, with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM compared to the LG Optimus 3D’s 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. For details of the CPU-GPU specs can be found in the table below.
The second major difference between the two devices is the display resolution, where HTC’s Evo 3D once again comes out the winner – featuring a 540x960 pixel display compared to the Optimus 3D’s 480x800 display. Display quality, however, still remains an unknown until we compare the devices face to face.
The third major difference between two phones is the built-in storage capacities - here, the Optimus 3D comes out ahead, with 8GB built in. The HTC Evo 3G on the other hand, comes with 1GB storage built-in, and to be fair, a 4GB microSD card bundled.
The last major difference is the operating system – while both phones run on Android, the Evo 3D comes with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) onboard, but the Optimus 3D comes with Froyo (Android 2.2) installed on it instead. To be sure, LG has announced a Gingerbread update for the device, and it should arrive in India by the end of September. Out of the box currently, however, the Evo 3D is ahead of the Optimus 3D.
Interestingly, LG has sacrificed the FM radio on the Optimus 3D, something HTC didn’t do with the Evo 3D. A big advantage for the Evo 3D? Probably not, but a detraction from the Optimus 3D certainly. Another minor difference is the presence of a dual LED flash on the HTC Evo 3D, instead of the LED flash on the Optimus 3D. Check out the table below for more details about the two devices.
HTC Evo 3D
LG Optimus 3D
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 900 / 2100 or HSDPA 850 / 2100
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 or HSDPA 1700 / 2100 / 850
126 x 65 x 12.1 mm. 170 grams
128.8 x 68 x 11.9 mm, 168 grams
4.3-inch, 540x960, 3D LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
4.3-inch, 480x800, 3D LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Dual 5MP rear autofocus cameras with dual LED flash, capable of 720p HD video recording (2D and 3D), front-facing 1.3MP camera,
Dual 5MP rear autofocus cameras with LED flash, capable of 720p HD video recording (2D and 3D), front-facing 1.3MP camera,
1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8660 chipset
Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, TI OMAP4430 chipset
512 MB RAM
1 GB storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD, 4GB card included
8 GB storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradeable to Gingerbread
HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, microUSB (MHL) v2.0, GPS and A-GPS, Stereo FM radio
HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR, microUSB v2.0, GPS and A-GPS
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1730 mAh
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Up to 358 h (2G) / Up to 420 h (3G)
Up to 450 h
Up to 9 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 45 min (3G)
Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h (3G)