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Samsung: 3D Phones are Not a Part of Our Immediate Future

Talk about fantastic news for those of that think 3D in smartphones is one giant gimmick. Samsung sent a brief note to Engadget to address some of the rumors circulating over their expected Galaxy SIII release, mentioning that 3D is not in their immediate plans. While they certainly love to blast 3D all over their TVs, the really small screens are not about to happen, at least this year:

Although Samsung Electronics is constantly exploring new technologies for our mobile devices, we have no immediate plan to include displays featuring 3D technology in our upcoming smartphones.

DL readers have never been a big fan of 3D technology in smartphones, so I’m going to assume you are all fine with this. No 3D in the SGS3, can you live with that?

Via:  Engadget

  • xXAaronSXx

    I’ve never been a big fan of this whole “3D movement” in phones, games, and TV/Movies.  Call me old fashioned, but just give me a standard old 55″ 1080p LCD HDTV, my XBOX 360, and a GNexus.  I’ll be happy with that.

  • jdrch

    I’m sure Samsung took enough pain from 3D’s relative failure in the HDTV market to realize it’s a dead concept.

  • This is why I love Samsung: they focus on stuff that matters. Even in their washing machines a nice little unobtrusive tune is played when finished. My old machine just beeped REALLY loud and made me angry. 3D is like a really loud beep. We’ve got George Lucas beeping-on about it, we’ve got Hollywood wanting us to spend money on it. Where’s my Samsung ear muffs?

  • No 3D phones?  That will certainly make for a thin phone!

  • Follower

    If iPhone 5 come with 3D, then all of your comments will be different!



  • Trevor

    Personally, I’m perfectly happy with no 3D.  I agree with bakdroid.  It’s a gimmick more than anything else.

  • Pedro

    If someone can figure it out before 8/15/13, great.  Otherwise, I don’t have an update until then.

    On a similar note, I’d rather phone makers spent time on battery life, screen tech and voice recognition.  
    You got two years!


    I don’t care if they do or don’t. I think its a cool feature. it won’t make or break me or my purchase. its not like they aren’t looking into all kinda of future technology. Some good some bad. But I don’t think if my gnex came with a 3D screen that it would have swayed me.

    Bottom line, it’s a neat EXTRA feature.

  • bakdroid

    3D is a gimmick.  It needs to stay in the theaters and out of our TVs and phones.

  • Samsung is smart. 

  • Benjamin Mackie

    I have a 3d video game computer. Absolutely love it. If you have never played a video game in 3d, I highly recommend it. Phones? No way in hell

  • I don’t like 3D TV, why would I want a 3D phone? To me, this is the smartest decision Samsung made in the last couple months.

    I just don’t get it — these are 3D, folks. At best, it’s 2.2D. Yea, not even 2.5D, because if you try going all the way to the side of the screen, you are not going to see much more. What we are calling 3D now is nothing more than a better way to present depth of field, that’s it. And for this to matter, you really need a big screen. Even the Galaxy Note has a 5″ display only, what good can it do?

  • Droidzilla

    I would love to take 3D out hiking in a remote area, then, when I told it to look off at a distant, beautiful vista, I would hit it in the back of the head with a rock, shoot out its kneecaps, and bury it under about 3 feet of soil so that the soil would staunch the gunshot wounds and 3D would just be able to dig free before trying to crawl the 10 miles back to the road and, at about 5 miles, ultimately succumb to the elements with roving scavengers eventually picking its lifeless corpse clean.

    I hate 3D.

    • jldleo

      That wouldn’t be something you have done already with say maybe.. an ex-girlfriend would it?  Just checkin..

      • Droidzilla

        Not that anyone can prove, which all amounts to the same thing, right?

  • Tweekex

    Current 3D? Nah. Hologram? YES!

  • David

    I wouldn’t mind a 3D screen on a phone if it added some new level of functionality.  But having a 3D phone just because we can – I wouldn’t give up anything I currently get for that, including money, battery size, display quality, et c.

  • T4rd

    I concur with all of the below comments (if you’re viewing this chronologically from newest to oldest).

  • Guest

    3D is totally useless on cell phones.

  • EC8CH

    Smart move Sammy… 3D phones are not a part of your customer’s immediate future either.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Dear 3D,

    Die in a fire.

    Love ya,

  • Dan

    Thank god. The only advantage I saw from having anything 3D was in TVs and that was merely because they could drive down the cost of “normal” TVs into a much more affordable price range for people like me that could care less about this technology. 😉

    • Jhamlin13

      My sentiments exactly.

    • xXAaronSXx

      Wow, you just made me a fan of 3Dtv’s.  Lowering the cost of “normal” tv’s, the biggest benefit I’ve heard yet.

  • jldleo

    Not really a big fan of it in TV’s either..

    •  yeah, I can’t go to the cinema anymore coz apparently I have to wear a silly set of 3D glasses, worn by god-knows-who last time, it’s an inspiration to just pirate instead

  • r0lct

    Well if their immediate is similar to Motorola’s soon we should be good for a long while…

  • RashadGattis

    Good, time to focus on improving the radios in their phones now…

  • Michael_NM

    Good for you Samsung! Don’t make them part of your long-term future either.

  • Liderc

    Thank you Samsung for not following the ridiculous trend.

  • “We have no immediate plans to include 3D technology in our upcoming smartphones, because 3D on a phone is just stupid”

  • Dan

    Thank you Samsung

  • Chris Phillips

    Thank. God.  Let this fad die already.

    • Towelie420

      Puss in Boots 3D blue ray. That is my response to that statement.
      I have an LG 47″ 3D TV. We do movie night at my place and it’s a big hit. Ladies love coming over, drinking whatever beer I have on tap in my kegerator, and watching a 3D blu rays.
      It may be a fad on phones, but it’s nice on TV.

      • ODoyleRules

        How old are these “Ladies” coming over to watch puss in boots with you? Do we need to call Chris Hansen on you?

  • moelsen8


  • good, 3D is a gimmick that needs to die already

  • Decline


  • Sqube

    Not only can I live with it, I’m happy about it. That means focus is on other, more important things.

    • +1 Consider the Nintendo 3DS some people actually can’t use it for that long because the visual strain caused by looking at 3d screens. Would rather they focus on things like resolution and color range/accuracy.