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Leia and ZTE partner to create the world’s first glasses-free 3D tablet

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that this is the first tablet to feature a 3D display without the need for glasses, though technically it has been superseded by other devices from Leia.

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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.

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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