Depending on the country you live in, LG's new smartphone will either be call the Optimus 3D Max or Optimus 3D Cube. The yet to be released, this smartphone will be the second version of the Optimus 3D and LG has made the device slimmer and faster. Since this smartphone is still in the Optimus 3D line, it is still considered the first glasses-free 3D phone. When the 1st gen LG Optimus 3D was released not too long ago, critics quickly jumped on the lackluster specs. LG has decided to stick with the 3D concept and beefed up the hardware for the pending introduction at the MWC.
As I mentioned in the review on LG Optimus 3D, with all things equal, I would personally chose the phone with 3D capabilities. Unfortunately the 1st gen Optimus 3D was far behind the rest of the competition. The LG Optimus 3D Max may seem similar but the internal specs are drastically improved.
The G2 version of the Optimus 3D will now be powered by a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor with 1 GB or RAM. The display will still be the same size at 4.3 inches with 3D WVGA capacitative multi-touchscreen. The Optimus 3D Max will host 8 GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card. The same 5 mega-pixel dual-lens 3D camera is on-board the 3D Max with video capture of 1080p. Another major upgrade for 3D Max is the Android 2.3 Gingerbread. LG also claims the Max will get a quick update to Android ICS but does not provide the approximate date.
Here's a few snippet from LG's official press release:
LG Optimus 3D Max is a powerful smartphone in both 2D and 3D mode and a pleasure to view with LG's exclusive brightened display. 3G's network speed has been also improved to HSPA+ 21Mbps. LG Tag+ offers advanced NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities designed to promote greater user convenience. One of its benefits is automatic setting changes which are possible by creating predefined tags that are customized to certain modes such as car-mode, office-mode or sleep-mode. Depending on location, the predefined tags will automatically adjust various phone settings including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS and sound volume.
Beyond its already innovative features, attendees of MWC 2012 will see some of the future benefits that will be made available through a Maintenance Release or an application available on the LG SmartWorld (www.LGsmartworld.com). Additional features include:
- HD Converter to offer HD quality on a TV connected through MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), when transforming Open GL-based 2D games and applications to 3D and viewing Google Earth;
- Range Finder to calculate the distance between the camera and the subject as well as the dimensions of an object through triangulation;
- Out-focusing Shot to enhance camera quality beyond that of other smartphones through image processing using depth information.
Users can convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views into 3D using the enhanced 3D Converter. Furthermore, 3D photos and videos captured by the Optimus 3D Max can also be viewed in a single-screen mode in 2D, using the 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone to easily toggle between 2D and 3D. LG also plans to continue expanding video contents, applications and games optimized for the 3D Converter available from the 3D Zone at LG SmartWorld.
The Optimus 3D Max will first launch in Korea in March and will gradually roll out in other markets starting in Europe. The device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from Android 2.3 Gingerbread shortly after the launch.
LG Optimus 3D Max Price: $499.99
LG Optimus 3D Release Date: March 2012