When we looked at the LG Optimus 3D handset back at Mobile World Congress, we were impressed with the glasses-free 3D effect from the 4.3in screen - but wondered if the 3D feature would be a novelty or something that would really entice users to purchase the phone. It looks like we'll find out next week.
The Carphone Warehouse has put the Android handset up for pre-order on its website with delivery expected from next Monday, 27 June. The handset will be available for free on a two-year £35-a-month contract. The phone will initially be exclusive to Vodafone and will be on sale in Best Buy as well as the Carphone Warehouse. The phone will also be available to buy SIM-free for £499.99. The phone will be able to display as well as record 3D content with dual 5 megapixel cameras on the rear, though no dedicated camera button will be a disappointment for most. Some good news however is the presence of Android 2.3 rather than the older 2.2 version which was present when we tested out the phone in Barcelona in February.
The LG Optimus 3D was touted as the world’s first dual-core, dual-channel, dual memory smartphone, using Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor platform back at launch in Barcelona, but on the specs page on the Carphone Warehouse website, it appears as if this has been replaced with a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor. However LG’s official spec’s page for the phone still lists the OMAP 4 processor so this could be a mistake on the Carphone Warehouse’s listings. The phone has 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory expandable via a microSD card slot up to 32GB. The 4.3in screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 and the cameras can record 1080p 2D footage or 720p 3D footage. It also boasts “four times” as many video decoders as competing designs with support for H.264, H.263, DivX, MKV, WMV-9, ASF, AVI and 3GP – which is a welcome addition. There is also a 3D hotkey on the side of the phone to allow for easy switching between 2D and 3D – and give you instant access to the 3D dedicated menus.
We will be watching with interest to see if 3D viewing and recording will be a a feature people want on their mobile phones or if - as some believe - it will be just a gimmick.
Source: Carphone Warehouse