Should you buy… the Rokit IO Pro 3D?

Should you buy… the Rokit IO Pro 3D?

Anyone who thought 3D smartphones were dead and gone, think again, as Rokit has decided to launch two handsets.

The relatively unknown brand has launched the IO 3D and IO Pro 3D in the UK, despite notable failures of the LG Optimus 3D in 2011 and the Amazon Fire Phone in 2014.

But with an attractive price point, can it lure people to unfamiliar territory?


(Jamie Harris/PA)
(Jamie Harris/PA)

The IO 3D Pro looks and feels like any other budget smartphone on the market, with an all-plastic body that looks like metal, and reasonable in thickness and weight, at 8.37mm and 172g respectively.

There are no fancy notches, but there is a fingerprint scanner on the back to replace the traditional password entry.

Display and sound

(Jamie Harris/PA)
(Jamie Harris/PA)

Rokit has taken a risk opting for a 3D-enabled display that doesn’t require glasses, given that attempts by other companies have failed.

If you like 3D, the effects look quite good. Rokit has its own Netflix-esque video platform, Rokflix 3D, with a limited amount of 3D content, although none of it is produced by any recognised names from the TV world.

It’s when you move away from the 3D that the real weakness of the display is evident. At 5.9in wide and running a 1080 FHD+, the display is mediocre, lacking the sharpness, deep colours and decent number of viewing angles that many expect today.

If you dare to play any sound aloud, be sure not to put the volume too high as it will be equally disappointing – but at least they haven’t done away with the headphone jack like everyone else, so you can plug in your own headphones to make up for it.


(Jamie Harris/PA)
(Jamie Harris/PA)

The IO Pro 3D uses a slightly old version of Android, Oreo, which was released in August 2017, missing the latest Android Pie version.

You can expect the full plethora of Google-made apps as standard, but on top of that you will find Rokit’s own Rokflix app, as well as Rok Launch Control, offering a selection of services, such as breakdown cover and £50,000 accident cover.

These are free for the first three months and will cost £11.99 per month after that if you wish to continue.

The day-to-day running of the IO Pro 3D is blighted by lagging, from a frustratingly unresponsive display right the way through to apps that can take time to load.


(Jamie Harris/PA)
(Jamie Harris/PA)

The device houses dual 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras, which are supposed to allow you to create your own 3D images and videos. The images worked, although they didn’t look great, while it was trickier to shoot your own 3D movie.

Taking an ordinary 2D image proved even less fruitful, delivering blurry photos with even the slightest movement.

Anything else?

There is a microSD slot for additional storage of up to 128GB, which is welcome at a time when few smartphone makers include such a feature.

The 3850Ah battery holds out well over a day with moderate use, but when you start to use more draining features, like watching movies in full brightness, expect the power to drop quite quickly.


The Rokit IO Pro 3D is a basic phone that stumbles over some odd extras to stand out on a pretty busy stage.

Despite there being many better alternatives around, the price makes this smartphone perfect for anyone on a very low budget who wants a bit more than the usual no-thrills devices on the market.

The 3D is a bold but unnecessary nuisance that few people are likely to enjoy – it’s just as well you can switch it off, but that won’t improve the display woes.

- Press Association

More on this topic

All aboard for a fun-filled family trip to France on the ferryAll aboard for a fun-filled family trip to France on the ferry

Cork and Tipp unchanged for U20 finalCork and Tipp unchanged for U20 final

Ireland star Robinson set for Blades returnIreland star Robinson set for Blades return

Evening Round-up: Garda reforms; Johnson-Macron meeting; Quintuplets turn 18Evening Round-up: Garda reforms; Johnson-Macron meeting; Quintuplets turn 18

More in this Section

DeepMind co-founder ‘taking time out’ from companyDeepMind co-founder ‘taking time out’ from company

Apple users told not to store new credit card in leather wallets or denimApple users told not to store new credit card in leather wallets or denim

Life-like robots closer to realityLife-like robots closer to reality

Facebook removes China-linked accounts attacking Hong Kong protestersFacebook removes China-linked accounts attacking Hong Kong protesters


Kylie Jenner’s best friend has teamed up with a global retailer on her first collection.Who is Anastasia Karanikolaou? The Instagram megastar who has just launched a fashion range

The trials and tribulations of bringing babies along for the ride.5 baby-friendly destinations for your first family holiday

Audrey's been sorting out Cork people for ages.Ask Audrey: 'There's a shortage of handsome, clean men, so I’m seeing a guy from Kanturk'

A beloved part of many an Irish childhood, the artist, author, and environmentalist Don Conroy tells Donal O’Keeffe why he loves his ‘abusive’ friend Dustin the Turkey, why big men hug him at festivals, and why he worries for Greta Thunberg.Art of the matter: Don Conroy on why he worries for Greta Thunberg

More From The Irish Examiner