It was hardly a secret, but today LG's Optimus 3D was borne into a world where dual-core processors and dual cameras is the norm. Seriously, think back to your first mobile phone (a Nokia?), and consider how far we've come.
Inside the Optimus 3D is a Texas Instruments 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor, with 4GB of LG DDR2 and 8GB of memory. Those twin 5MP lenses can take photos and video in 3D, which can either be viewed on the 4.3-inch WVGA screen (without the need of glasses), or thrown up onto a 3DTV or computer monitor via HDMI or DLNA.
Don't worry if 3D doesn't appeal to you, through lack of compatible TV or just a general malaise to anything pitting itself as "larger than life", as everything can be shot on 2D, too.
As you might've guessed, it'll be sold running Android Froyo, but can be upgraded to 2.3 (Gingerbread) later. Europeans will get their hands on it first, sometime in the second quarter, when they'll also get to try out the new 3D section of YouTube, which will let LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Pad owners upload 3D moving-pictures to the site.
Barcelona, Feb. 14, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today officially unveiled the eagerly-awaited LG Optimus 3D, the high-performance smartphone offering the world's first full 3D experience, at Mobile World Congress 2011.
The LG Optimus 3D introduces a number of innovative "first" technologies, including the world's first dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture as well as the first 3D platform allowing for recording, viewing and sharing of 3D content.
Superb Performance with Unique "Tri-Dual" Configuration
The LG Optimus 3D is a showcase of superior speed and power made possible with LG's unique "tri-dual" configuration — dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This configuration enables users to enjoy significantly improved performance and run-time compared to smartphones offering 1GHz dual-core processors.
Unlike other single-channel, single-memory dual-core smartphones, the LG Optimus 3D offers significant performance benefits as a result of the simultaneous — and thus faster — transfer of data between the dual-core and dual-memory. Users can browse web pages, multitask between programs, play games at a higher frame rate and enjoy movies more smoothly and longer than ever before.
"Backed by a combination of superb performance and full 3D, we're excited about the prospects of the LG Optimus 3D taking the smartphone experience to a much higher level," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. "We've incorporated every feature for the power user and we think they'll be pleased with what they see."
World's First Full 3D Experience: 3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing
The LG Optimus 3D's dual 5MP lens camera allows users to capture and record their best moments as images and videos in 3D anytime, anywhere. The LG Optimus 3D's 4.3-inch WVGA display faithfully recreates the 3D experience without the use of glasses. The display provides bright and flicker-free images allowing users to view 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) multimedia content. And users can navigate through the device's 3D interface with the click of LG's unique 3D Hot Key which presents five 3D-dedicated UIs, including Gallery, Camera, Game&Apps, YouTube 3D and 3D Guide.
Captured 3D content is easily shared via an HDMI 1.4 connection to 3D TVs and monitors and also is compatible with DLNA Certified(TM) products. What's more, users can easily upload and stream 3D content and share each other's creations on YouTube's dedicated 3D channel (youtube.com/3D).
The LG Optimus 3D will be rolled-out globally starting with Europe early in the second quarter. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.
1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4)
4.3-inch 3D WVGA screen
8GB memory and 4Gb LP DDR2
1,500 mAh battery
5MP dual-lens camera
2D: 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 recording and playback
3D: 720p H.264 SEI recording and playback
HSPA+, DLNA/HDMI 1.4
H.264, H.263, DivX, MKV, WMV-9, ASF, AVI, 3GP, MP4