Leia, a technology company, is introducing a new high-resolution, glasses-free 3D display technology that can be used in tablets. Leia is now accepting reservations for its premium tablet, the Lume Pad 2, which features a 12.4-inch 3D display with support for wide viewing angles, quad speakers, and dual 8MP front-facing cameras that enable 3D image capture. Leia’s tablet is set to go on sale in April 2023 and will be sold for $1099, but customers who reserve it now can save $100. Nubia, a ZTE subsidiary, is also expected to release a tablet called the Nubia Pad 3D, which appears to be identical to the Lume Pad 2. However, the price and availability of the ZTE version are currently unknown.
The Lume Pad 2 is described by Leia as “the world’s first 3D.AI tablet equipped with embedded technology to create fully immersive 3D calling, streaming, and gaming experiences.” The DLB technology allows for switching between 2D and stereoscopic 3D modes, enabling 3D imagery display. The dual 8 MP front-facing cameras with eye-tracking support can make real-time adjustments to ensure that the 3D effects are still visible when tilting the tablet or viewing it from an off-center angle. Despite the state-of-the-art 3D lightfield display technology, the tablet’s other specifications are underwhelming by 2023 standards.
The Lume Pad 2 and Nubia Pad 3D feature a 12.4-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. At its core, the tablet comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor that is coupled to 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. Now that are not considered high-end specifications for a product set for launch in 2023. The tablets also come with dual 16 MP rear cameras, quad speakers, a 9,070 mAh battery, 33W charging, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, microSD card reader, and pogo pins for the attachment of additional accessories including docking stations.
The tablet’s usefulness may increase over time, especially with the promise of Nubia’s “real-time AI-based 2D to 3D content conversion” feature and Leia’s set of apps for capturing and creating 3D content. There are even 3D video chat apps, which might make it possible to use the tablet for 3D calls with other users in the future. However, currently, there is not much 3D content available. Further, viewing the screen for an extended period can cause headaches too.