3D technology seems to be next trend for smartphones. While it’s still a pretty narrow niche, more and more companies are investing their resources in the 3D glasses-free mobile field. Lately, LG did its best to attract fans with new high-end smartphones, before the announcement of LG Optimus 3D:
- 5 inch LG VU
- 4.5 inch L7
- 4 inch L5
- 3.2 inch L3
Now, the South Korean company announced crème of the crop: LG Optimus 3D Max (or LG Optimus 3D Cube, depending from were you read this article), the first smartphone in the world that allows 3D photos and videos to be edited on the spot. If you’re really into these kind of devices, then expect to pay around $750 for this baby.
LG Optimus 3D Cube to Switch from 3D to 2D
As the new generation of smartphones is capturing the customers’ imagination, LG made sure that it was amongst the first to launch the attack with its previous Optimus 3D model that allowed users to enjoy 3D images without annoying glasses. Now, the revamped model comes with something extra. The 3D pictures that are captured with a pair of 5MP cameras can be edited on the smartphone’s 4.3 3D WVGA Display. The smartphone has a screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. LG also announced improved 2D-3D capabilities, compared to the previous model as Optimus 3D Max/Cube will also feature a 3D converter. This tweak allows Google Earth, Google Maps and other similar tools to display 3D images. Switching from 3D to the traditional 2D view will be easy, by taping designated hot key on the side of the handset. In addition, the company promises to extend the 3D content for its new range of smartphones.
LG Optimus 3D Cube Features
As expected, most of the people who are going to hear about LG’s new 3D smartphone will be seduced at a first glance by the promise of 3D fun. However, there are technical specifications powerful enough to capture the fans’ interest. The second generation Optimus 3D smartphone will be powered by:
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB internal memory
- 8 GB storage space
- Support for NFC
- LG Tag
- HSPA+ 21 Mbps.
Optimus 3D Max/Cube will have a sleek appearance and will be leaner and meaner than the previous model, with a slim body of 9.6 mm and a weight of 148 grams. On the downside, LG decided to deploy its latest top of the line smartphone with Android 2.3. Yes indeed, no misspelling here, Android Gingerbread. However, the company promised to offer an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “shortly after the launch.”
Release Date and Price
Now, it’s time to explain what is with Max/Cube ambiguity. In Europe, the smartphone will be available as Optimus 3D Max, while in native Korea, the customers will have to look for Optimus 3D Cube. We are not yet sure how it will be called in other parts of the world, but, in my opinion, Cube is a more convenient name.
The smartphone will hit the market in early March, in Korea with a price tag of 847,000 Korean won (about $750). The carrier that will be able to include it in the offer to subscribers will be SK Telecom. The release date for Europe has not been announced yet. The press release only mentions that 3D Optimus Max “will gradually roll out in other markets starting in Europe.” Still, it is on European soil where this smartphone will meet its customers and critics for the first time, as it is scheduled for a formal introduction in just a few days, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.