Radio Shack opens up HTC Evo 3D pre-orders

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Radio Shack has just given new teeth to the idea that Sprint's HTC Evo 3D may soon be ready for prime time.

The retailer has begun taking pre-orders, though it is not aggressively advertising the device just yet. It lists a release window of this summer, so we could see it as early as late June.

It's more likely that the ambitious glasses-free 3D phone will be eying a July launch date.

Radio Shack's pre-order process is a bit weird - customers can purchase a $50 gift card, which puts their name on the pre-order list, and then when the phone comes out that $50 gift card can be used toward the phone.

Best Buy has also been accepting pre-orders for the phone since last month, but customers have to go into a store and specifically ask for the phone by name.

The Evo 3D is likely to be the first smartphone to use glasses-free 3D technology, a standard that gained a lot of attention with the launch of Nintendo's 3DS system earlier this year. We took the Evo 3D for a test run earlier this year and were highly impressed with the small display's ability to display depth on everything from photos taken with the camera's 3D camera to pre-rendered theatrical movies.

For those who want a more exciting 3D presentation, all of the phone's 3D content can be exported via its built-in HDMI port. When linked to a 3D TV, it will display the fullest 3D resolution picture possible, and will convert the content in real-time if the TV requires 3D glasses.