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This Android Tablet Doesn't Need Glasses for 3D

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

Rockchip's upcoming android tablet seems to use Sharp's 3D touchscreen LCD technology.

Rockchip is reportedly showcasing an Android tablet during IFA in September that will support 3D without the need for special glasses. Using autostereoscopic technology, it's speculated to use the same lenticular array as the Nintendo 3DS, and will even provide users the means to adjust the amount of 3D, or turn the feature off altogether.

Called Supernova x1, very little is known about the device, however it looks to be the size of a large smartphone--possibly 3.4-inches using Sharp's recently-announced 3D Touchscreen LCD technology. Images of the device taken at a recent tradeshow definitely show the vertical slits used to create the 3D visuals, however the pattern curves and shift in the photos, depending on the camera's angle.

As for non-3D features, the photos clearly show a MicroSD slot, a USB port, and a volume button on one side. The device was also playing Toy Story 3, SES Astra's 3D channel, some kind of webcam app, photos and more in 3D--all of which wasn't adequately captured by digital cameras.

IFA 2010 kicks off in Berlin on September 3 and ends on the 8th. Expect to see more from this Android-based tablet during that week. To see a whole batch of Supernova x1 screenshots, head here.

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    digitalwitchcraft , August 27, 2010 10:59 PM
    Cool!
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    stingstang , August 27, 2010 11:03 PM
    Sorry...it's just not cool. This whole smartphone thing is getting out of control.
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    willgart , August 27, 2010 11:08 PM
    doesn't works... the screenshot doesn't works... its 2D
    lol

    for a phone, really usefull ;) 
    dring dring "hey hello mom, I'm calling you using a 3D phone and this make nice calls!!!"
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    trkorecky , August 27, 2010 11:09 PM
    stingstangSorry...it's just not cool. This whole smartphone thing is getting out of control.

    Do we need to point out the number of times the word "tablet" appears on this page?
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    joytech22 , August 27, 2010 11:20 PM
    The Ipad is getting it's a** kicked left right and center!
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    someguynamedmatt , August 27, 2010 11:28 PM
    "This Android Tablet Doesn't Need Glasses for 3D As Long As You Hold It Right In Front of Your Face, Perfectly Perpendicularly."
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    eklipz330 , August 28, 2010 12:34 AM
    Hey does everyone remember what Nintendo said in their speech at e3 for the 3ds?

    The tried using 3d and touchscreen control in the bottom screen, but said it didn't work very well... So exactly how will they get this to work properly?
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    brother shrike , August 28, 2010 2:42 AM
    3.4 inches is not a large smartphone. That's a small smartphone. Perhaps you meant 4.3 inches?
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    dEAne , August 28, 2010 3:07 AM
    too small for me hope someone will like this.
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    kronos_cornelius , August 28, 2010 4:10 AM
    I would have to look at the screen with my own eyes. If it looks like those 3D DVD covers, it would be a really bad device. However, if it is high resolution to the point that you don't notice the interlacing, it would be worth a try.

    At the moment, it sounds like a toy that will make phone calls, something you would buy for your kid. I don't consider DS, PSP or phone games to be for grown ups. Grown-ups play Fallout 3, Mass Effect and the like.
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    eddieroolz , August 28, 2010 5:09 AM
    I'd be the one turning off 3D altogether, since it tends to cause nausea.
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2010 7:36 AM
    @Kronos...
    you haven't played many DS or PSP games have you? Or if you have, you've only played a small fraction of those all available, they definitely have their share of Mature games, definitely on the same levels of Fallout 3 and Mass Effect. Not to mention how awesome Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil are going to be on the 3DS. If thats not for grownups, then hell, I don't ever wanna grow up.
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    kronos_cornelius , August 28, 2010 8:08 AM
    duffmmann, it is not about the mature content, its about the graphics and the immersion. I waited a decade for desktops to look awesome like they do today, I am just not going to trade mobility in exchange for first gen PS graphics(or PS2). The end scene in Crysis for example is amazing. I do, however, respect your opinion.
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2010 12:47 AM
    Creator of Metal Gear Solid has already stated that the 3DS is capable of PS3 level graphics. (Don't expect to see any screens showing this yet, as nearly everything shown off thus far has only been a tech demo to show off the 3D, and Kid Icarus was being worked on back in January of 2009 when the 3DS was just starting out and had likely much weaker graphics capabilities), The Metal Gear creator went on to say that they'd have showcased this at E3 if they had more time to work on the product displayed there, but what was most important was to show off the 3D. OOT remake is going to have graphics on par if not better than Twilight Princess according to Nintendo.

    Again, if graphics that powerful (360/PS3)aren't grown up (which honestly I don't get the big deal about graphics, if it looks cool it looks cool, and even all these very early tech demos still looked damn cool), then I still don't ever want to grow up lol.
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    Darkv1 , August 30, 2010 3:03 AM
    This is the kind of 3d that actually grabs my attention...now we need to see if it translates well to TVs.
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    dark_lord69 , August 30, 2010 5:11 PM
    stingstangSorry...it's just not cool. This whole smartphone thing is getting out of control.

    It's not a smartphone dummy.
    Android doesn't mean "Phone" Android is an operating system like windows. Windows can run on a phone, it can also run on a computer and many other devices, that doesn't make the computer a phone.