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Leia And ZTE Partner To Create The World’s First Glasses-Free 3D Tablet

Company says the feature will soon be available on smartphones as well

(image credit: Leia Inc.)

ZTE has partnered with Leia to create the Leia Lume Pad 2 (known as the ZTE Nubia Pad 3D outside the U.S.), a 12.4-inch Android tablet that boasts glasses-free 3D technology. While the full spec sheet is incomplete, the tablet features a 2560×1600 IPS LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and uses light field technology (an emerging piece of tech that’s mostly used in cutting-edge VR applications) from Leia along with eye tracking to achieve the 3D effect for the viewer’s naked eye. Both companies claim that this is the first tablet to feature a 3D display without the need for glasses, though technically it has been superseded by other devices from Leia.

A review from Tom’s Guide praised the tablet’s ability to deliver on the promise of glasses-free 3D as well as the wide range of viewing angles that are supported, though headaches were noted if the device is used for too long at a time. Also brought into question were the device’s lifespan and potential length of software support, as its specs aren’t exactly cutting-edge, with a Snapdragon 888 processor and 8GB of RAM. Two storage drives are available, either 128GB or 256GB, and a MicroSD slot is included for importing your own media to play.

(image credit: Leia Inc.)

Speaking of media, both the front and rear cameras can take stereoscopic 3D pictures, and the tablet also takes advantage of Stable Diffusion to offer AI-generated 3D imaging. The LeiaChat app allows for video calls in 3D, and while that currently requires both parties to be using a Leia Lume Pad 2, the company says the feature will soon be available on smartphones as well.

The Leia Lume Pad 2 will retail for $1,099 and, while pre-orders are not currently available in the U.S., order slots are able to be reserved for free.

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