MWC 2023: ZTE unveils a tablet which brings back a decade-old technology!

The early 2010s were fond of these things. Is 3D coming back?

3D, 3D, 3D… This is a sci-fi concept human society has been longing to be real thanks to its perceived immersion as if you were in the environment. There have been developments for Alternate Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), 3D, and now the metaverse. Although the latter, we don’t talk about it.

3D concepts in a smartphone or any device with a screen aren’t entirely new. For instance, HTC spearheaded this concept thirteen years ago with the HTC Evo 3D, and even LG joined in the fun with the LG Optimus 3D. Overall, the hype for 3D reached its peak by late 2013 when the concept of it slowly diminished due to technological limitations, as well as, ironically, advancements for other video technology, such as higher screen resolutions and colour optimization.

Fast forward to the present time with AI now being slowly part of people’s lives whether they know it or not. ZTE here thought it would be brilliant to combine the two concepts. Even calling the tablet as the “world’s first AI-powered eyewear-free 3D table (sic)”

This concept was made in conjunction with Leia. The company specializes in AI-based technology, including AI-based 3D. The tablet is also sold by them under a different name called “Lume Pad2” and so the tablet comes with Leia-exclusive apps such as Leia Cam which is the app that makes it possible for users to turn their 2D images into 3D. The Lume Pad introduction video is the exact same as ZTE’s albeit with some minor text changes.

The tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. Not the newest flagship chipset around. It’s in fact, 3 generations out of date but it’s still very competitive even against newer midrange chipsets.

It has a horizontally-aligned 12.4″ 2.5K (2560x1600px) 16:10 120Hz IPS LCD screen which ZTE says can switch between 2D mode and 3D mode, much like the older 3D smartphones. The tablet can also convert 2D images into 3D through the magic of AI

The concept of 3D was made possible through how the human eye works. When two eyes combine to make one image, it is said to create depth, and thus most 3D-related technology involves two cameras. The Nubia Pad 3D is no different. It is equipped with two 16MP cameras that can perceive depth. In a way, these cameras are technically depth sensors but they are the type which serves a much greater purpose than commonly seen on many smartphones. To make that “eyewear-free” technology possible, there are also two cameras at the front, albeit at half the resolution. This allows the tablet to perceive depth and create 3D images without needing specialized glasses.

It also has typical tablet features such as a Dolby Atmos-enhanced quad-speaker system which allows for a fully immersive sound experience. It also has a modest 9070mAh battery with a somewhat slow 33W charging for a battery of that size. This is charged via a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port. In addition, it has a MicroSD Card slot (up to 1TB) and by default has 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM. Though it appears to not have a headphone jack but it does have a magnetic connector for appropriate accessories, such as the purchasable kickstand and cover.

It is available to purchase in US Dollars via the ZTE website at a price of USD 1,199 (~Php 66.3K). For an additional USD 49.90, you can also get a kickstand.

Meanwhile, the LumePad 2 is only available in the US with a slightly cheaper USD 1,099 (~Php 60.8K) price tag.


  • 12.4″ 2.5K (2560x1600px) IPS LCD, 120Hz refresh rate, 3D conversion system
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5nm)
    • Dual: 16MP + 16MP (Main/3D depth sensor)
    • FRONT (Dual): 8MP + 8MP (main/3D depth sensor)
    • 3D Creation System, 3D video, Real-Time HDR
  • Android 12L
  • 9070mAh, 33W fast charging
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Magnetic Connector, MicroSD Card Slot (up to 1TB), Purchasable Kickstand
  • Wi-Fi 6/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, Dolby Atmos Quad Speakers
  • Grey
  • PRICE:
    • 8/128: USD 1,199 (~Php 66.3K)
    • 8/128 (Lume Pad 2): USD 1,099 (~Php 60.8K)

Source: ZTE Devices, Leia Inc