Sprint HTC Evo 3D vs. Sharp’s Aquos SH-12C 3D

By Peter Chubb - May 16, 2011

2011 is a big year for the smartphone industry, as they have now started to embrace the 3D revolution, which you can clearly see with the Sprint HTC Evo 3D and Sharp’s Aquos SH-12C 3D. Both aim to do the same thing, but which of the two is the better option – lets see how they compare against each other?

Firstly the Aquos SH-12C 3D has a 4.2-inch 3D touchscreen, the Evo 3D has a 4.3-inch QHD display. The former has an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, the latter a 5MP and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU. Things do not look that good for HTC’s latest effort so far.

Sharps new 3D smartphone is just 14mm thick and offers the user an HDMI port, and has a better resolution than the Nintendo DS, but not as good as the iPhone 4 – although it is very close. Apart from the HTC EVO 3D, the closet rival in way of crisp screen technology is the Xperia Arc, which as we reported also comes in pink.

So on paper we can clearly see that Sharp’s effort looks to be a clear winner, but it would be nice to see a few benchtests. There is one issue though; the Aquos SH-12C 3D is only set for release in Japan, with no ideas of a worldwide release. If Sharp did offer their latest handset to the US and European market, then they would certainly shake things up a little.

Would you like to see the Sharp Aquos SH-12C 3D released worldwide to take on the HTC EVO 3D?

Update: I seemed to have made an error, for some reason I thought that they were both dual-core processors, when in fact the Aquos only has a single core. On reflection the HTC Evo 3D seems to have more to offer.

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  • Geoffrey

    The author needs to compare apples to apples here. This is a biased article that goes out of its way to highlight Sharp product. The author seems to writing as though to start a career as an Apple writer, since they do the same things.

  • Guillermo

    Sharp makes the 3D camera lends, they even say it in the videos at CTIA. The blonde chick says the 3d is by Sharp. I agree with all of you about this review being completely biased. I mean even in the damn "UPDATE" at the bottom, this guy just simply says "On reflection the HTC Evo 3D seems to have more to offer." DUDE, "ON REFLECTION I SEEM TO HAVE PREFERED A CRAPPIER PHONE THAT IS NOT BETTER THAN THE EVO 3D, JUST BECAUSE IT IS A 8MP CAMERA PROVES NOTHING!" Remember guys, the Evo 4G had a 8MP and the Iphone 4 had a 5MP, do we all remember which one took better pictures? OR have we all forgot? The Iphon4 takes better pictures… I am not a apple fanboy seeing as I own an Evo 4G and preordered my Evo 3D on may 2nd, when it "came out" on the internet about best buy pre ordering it "silently". LOL

  • Tony

    This article is crap. I guess if you don't know any better all the surface comparisons this author make would lead to believe Sharp has better hardware. Don't believe it.. Does Sharp even have a real background in making phones? How is the signal strength? What networks are they using? Has he SEEN the phone in person? No to all..

  • Abe

    Why does the author compare the Sharp with the EVO 3D until he gets to the subject of resolution and then he compares the Sharp to the Nintendo DS! Huh?

    The resolution of the EVO is better than the Sharp, but the author seemed to go out of his way not to mention that.

    Did Sharp promise the author a free phone or what?

  • Smart Ass

    Another thing to note is that the HTC EVO 3D has MHL technology. That allows it to stream 1080p out and charge the phone simultaneously. The Sharp’s Aquos SH-12C only has an HDMI out that only allows 720p out (due to a single core processor). The only lead Sharp has over the EVO is having dual 8 mega-pixel camera as opposed to the EVO's dual 5 mega-pixel cameras. Rather than that, the EVO is cleary a future proof phone that will be updated to all the newest versions of Android. I'm getting this phone for sure.

  • josh

    Well I loved seeing how the author had nothing positive to say about the evo whatsoever. Even with having a more powerful dual core cpu over the sharp. And someone correct me if im wrong, but i dont think it has some of the sense technology that the evo was demonstrating; such as the louder ringtones when in a purse or pocket, or the automatic flipover silence call, etc

  • cm

    I don’t think there is enough information presented in this article to establish a “clear winner”. I don’t know what model processor the sharp is using, but in addition to having two independent cores the EVO’s was designed to operate @ 1.5 Ghz and is under clocked to save battery life and reduce heat. Htc also has an established reputation for building quality handsets with excellent UI enhancements.
    Although I do frown on Htc reducing the camera to 5MP, the 8PM shots are impractical for most uses. Emailing, MMS and Facebook require smaller file sizes than in most cases, and have to be converted before sending. My biggest needs in a cell phone camera are fast and crisp photography. Size, effects and even color quality come second to those.

  • Guest

    Clear winner because of .2 gHz on a single core? Where the heck is he coming up with this? 1.4 GHz single core is not a clear cut winner on paper vs 1.2 GHz Dual-core. What an unfounded opinion. 8 MP may be better than 5 MP, but camera quality depends on various factors, namely sensor quality. I don't see anything about that here. Oh well, I guess we'll see soon enough.

    • Nick

      can't see anything if it is not even going to be released in the US!

  • Mike

    I can't stand reviewers that automatically think "The camera with the most MP is always better".

    I've got a 4 MP Canon G3. I makes STUNNING photos, as good as any camera reguardless of MP. I have a 5 MP phone. Every picture it takes looks like CRAP.

    That's more to a camera than MP!!!!!!!

  • John

    Is the sharp a dual core?

    • Brian

      The Sharp is a single core processor. I am unsure why the Author thought it was a better phone then the EVO 3D, other then the MP of the camera. I would take a 1.2 dual core over a 1.4 single any day.