LG Optimus 3D: Specs List – Viable Smartphone or just a Gimmick?

By Posted 14 Feb 2011, 11:29

LG has certainly not been shy when it comes to unveiling new products into the mobile industry. Not long after showcasing the ‘world’s first’ dual-core smartphone, they are back with another first – a 3D-capable smartphone which will release this year.

Ahead of MWC 2011, we now have an initial list of specifications for the upcoming device, and considering that the Optimus 3D will be an industry first, the specs are very much tailored to the high-end users who don’t mind paying more for a premium device.

The device will come with a 4.3-inch 3D WVGA display screen which has a unique button allowing you to switch between either 2D or 3D viewing without the need for a set of glasses. Other specs include a 1Ghz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel dual-lens camera which can either record or playback 1080p content, or also shoot 720p footage and playback in 3D.

You’ll also get 4Gb LP DDR2, 8GB of memory, WiFi, GPS, and built-in 3D content such as movies and a few games. Pocket-Lint has confirmed that three games will be available initially – Nova, Let’s Golf 2, and Asphalt 6, all of which are from mobile developers Gameloft.

On a slight downside, the Optimus 3D will only ship with Android 2.2 Froyo, but an upgrade to Gingerbread has already been promised. It will be available to buy in Europe and Asia first, with UK carriers Vodafone and Three getting it in May.

What are your thoughts on the first 3D phone? Are you impressed on the 3D side of things or not? It’s hard to tell without seeing the thing up close and personal, but having seen how Nintendo have managed to get glasses-free 3D running on the 3DS successfully, there’s no reason why this thing can’t be a success. Whether it will cater to a wide range of consumers though or just the tech-savvy remains to be seen.