Published On: Sun, Sep 4th, 2011

New Sony Phone takes 3D Pictures on Standard 2D Camera

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A mobile smartphone which will be able to take 3D, panoramic photos is expected to go on sale next monthPictures taken on Sony Ericsson’s new, top-of-the-range Xperia Arc S can be viewed on any compatible television set. The phone, however, will display them only in two dimensions. Nor will it be able to produce 3D video output. The camera works by taking several simultaneous images and ‘stitching’ them together.

he phone, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 4.2″ screen and the camera definition is 8.1 megapixels, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Any 3D images are viewed by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.

Sony Ericsson said the Arc S’s 1.4GHz processor means it will start up 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, the Arc. It also doubles as a remote control for Sony Bravia televisions, and features Sony’s Music and Video Unlimited media stores. Most of the Arc S’s other updates are software-based. It comes with Android 2.3 installed, which enables faster web-browsing.

The company said the Arc S will come in five colours – white, blue, silver, black and pink. The device was unveiled at the IFA technology fair in Berlin. The show also featured what Toshiba claims is the first glasses-free 3D television, although the model, the 55ZL2, has had mixed reviews.

Korean manufacturer LG also demonstrated a glasses-free 3D computer monitor.

This story originally appeared in the UK Mail Online

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