3D phones history

2002 – 2003

First commercial 3D phone was introduced in year 2002. Sharp Mova SH251iS, launched in November 16, 2002,  was the  first commercially available 3D mobile phone. This 3D phone was available in Japan only. The phone features 2.2″ parallax barrier screen, the dimensions are 95mm x 50mm x 24mm , and it weights 110 grams.

The following year Sharp released the next Mova model, Sharp Mova SH505i.


Nothing exciting was going on until July of 2007 when Samsung released Samsung SCH-B710, but for South Korean market only. Display Size 2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels, dimensions 1.07 x 0.198 x 0.49 cm, and weight 127 grams.  Unlike the previous Sharp Mova phones, this 3D phone comes with  a 3D 1.3 megapixel camera. The phone is also featuring a display which can twists to landscape format.


Two years passed until next 3D phone got released, and Hitachi Wooo Ketai H001 hit the Japanese market on February 6, 2009. It features 3.1″ parallax barrier (autostereoscopic) screen, with a 845×480 resolution. The dimensions are 111 x 51 x 18.6mm, and it’s weight is 145 grams. This phone is equipped with 5-megapixel autofocus camera (not a 3d camera), and side flip design. Users can switch from 3D mode to 2D mode if they wish.


This year brought the most 3D phones ever, five new 3D phone models in one year, in three countries. This is more than previous 7 years combined. Samsung AMOLED 3D SCH-W960 had been released in South Korea, Motorola MING MT810 in China, Spice Mobility View D in India, Sharp LYNX SH-03C and Sharp Galapagos 003SH in Japan. Making 2010 the strongest 3D phone year on record.


This year continued the strong trend from the previous year with another five new 3D phone models released. The big difference and great progress has been made by the fact that four out of those 5 phones where released globally, not just in one country like previous years phones. Four of these five phones included 3D cameras, and 3D output via HDMI. The models include Sharp Galapagos 005SH (released only in Japan), LG Optimus 3D P920,  HTC EVO 3D, Sharp Aquos SH-12C, and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (2D display, but 3D camera, and 3D output via HDMI).