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ZTE and Leia make a glasses-free 3D tablet

by on24 March 2023

Cost a bit

US enema-of-the-state ZTE and an outfit called Leia is making a 12.4-inch, $1,100 Android tablet with a glasses-free 3D display.

Internationally the hardware is sold by ZTE and is called the "ZTE Nubia Pad 3D" while in the US the tablet is branded as the "Leia Lume Pad 2." In the land of the fee, ZTE is responsible for the hardware, while Leia is bringing 3D tech and software to the tablet.

The magic 3D display is a 12.4-inch, 120 Hz, 2560×1600 IPS LCD. It uses Leia's light field technology for the 3D effect and face tracking via the stereoscopic front camera. This lets the display send slightly different pictures to each eye like a Nintendo 3DS.

This probably means that the resolution gets cut in half and it might be rubbish for text and flat 2D videos. The spec is also far from impressive. It has a Snapdragon 888 SoC from 2021. It has 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, a 9070 mAh battery with 33 W fast charging, and runs Android 12L.

There is a MicroSD slot, a USB-C port on the bottom, four speakers, and a pogo pin setup on the bottom edge for a charging stand.

There is an option for 3D video chat "Powered by Zoom," presumably that means both people would need Leia tablets. An onboard generative image AI will make 3D art for you.

Leia has a whole ecosystem of 3D apps through its "Leia Appstore," which also has some 3D games in it. The company has decent-looking developer documentation and plugins for Unity, Unreal, Android SDK, Maya, Blender, and WebGL. There's a "Leia Flix" app with some 3D Hollywood movies from what looks like Disney and Warner Bros. There's also a "Leia Viewer" app that lets you build 3D models.

The ZTE version is up for preorder starting today internationally for 1,299 euro/1,149 pounds, while the US Leia version is $1,099 and can only be "reserved" for free. Both tablets ship in April.


Last modified on 24 March 2023
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