updated 11:15 am EDT, Thu April 5, 2012
Samsung to stay 2D in smartphones for now
Samsung hoped to quash rumors with a statement denying any plans for 3D smartphones. The Korean firm explained to Engadget that it was "constantly exploring new technologies," but that there was "no immediate plan" to use 3D screens or cameras for its future phones. The remarks leave the GT-i9300 and other hardware using conventional technology for now.
While the statement didn't preclude a 3D phone or tablet in the long term, it showed a hesitancy to push 3D as a selling feature after a rush on the idea last year. Outside of the LG Optimus 3D Max, companies that had previously been making 3D the main advantage have since dropped those plans. Sprint's HTC Evo 3D has been replaced with the 2D Evo 4G LTE, and LG itself now considers the Optimus 4X HD its flagship with the Optimus 3D Max now just a minor release at best.
The use of 3D on smartphones has been criticized as a gimmick, since owners have few incentives to record 3D video on the street and would have few who could or would be willing to watch. Display technology has also meant a less than ideal experience, as parallax 3D lowers the resolution and doesn't show 3D for some viewers.