Last year, at around this time, we were looking for two things; more dual core smartphones and tablets and more 3D. We got the 3D part in a number of devices including the LG Optimus 3D (LG Thrill), the LG Optimus Pad (T-Mobile G-Slate) and the CTIA announced HTC Evo 3D.
While 3D seemed like a novel idea last year around this time, it had it’s draw backs. 3D causes headaches for some. All those 3D movies you recorded needed to be played back on 3D TV’s (which still aren’t “mainstream”) and, well the novelty of it.
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This year at CES 2012 there were no new 3D phones announced and no new 3D tablets announced. There were more 3D televisions announced in a variety of formats but they still have a way to go before we can have the neighborhood over to see the first Star Wars in 3D at the house.
One company got it right. Despite the fact that they have several top shelf, premium flat panel TV’s with 3D technology baked in, Samsung left 3D on the table. Last year at MWC Samsung announced that they weren’t doing a 3D phone for now. While it seemed like a crazy thought at the time, a year later it proved to be a good decision.
In fact, Samsung’s head of product management for Samsung Mobile UK, said last year around this time: “We are world leaders in 3D, but we haven’t seen a need for 3D on mobiles as yet…” Powell went on to say: “We just don’t see [3D] is needed yet – good luck to the innovators though, it will be interesting to see if it works, and if it does you’ll see a response from Samsung quickly.”
We never saw a 3D phone from Samsung, I guess it didn’t work…