February 22, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
LG was the first Android smartphone maker to release a 3D phone, and it will be the first to release a second 3D phone. LG announced today the Optimus 3D Max, a thinner, faster, and slighty more feature-rich successor to last year’s model.
The Optimus 3D Max will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012, but LG couldn’t wait to show it off to the Internet. The phone offers glasses-free 3D on a 4.3-inch 3D WVGA screen with high brightness. That screen is also tough thanks to the newer Gorilla Glass 2 we saw at CES last month. The phone easily switches between 2D and 3D thanks to a Hot Key on the side of the phone, and an enhanced converter allows Google Earth or Maps to be viewed in 3D.
LG improved the 3D experience, but it also made some aesthetic changes. The Max is thinner at 9.6mm, lighter at 148 grams, and has cube-based icons that depart from the Samsung Touchwiz-looking interface previously seen in LG phones. Unfortunately, the company also imported Gingerbread into the process, promising that the 3D Max will “receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich…shortly after launch.”
Here’s a look at the key specs available in the announcement. The Optimus 3D Max will launch first in Asia, but expect to hear more about European and North American availability in the coming weeks.
- 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor (OMAP4430)
- Display: 4.3-inch 3D WVGA Display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
- Memory: 8GB Internal Storage, 1GB Internal Memory
- Camera: 5MP Dual-lens
- OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Battery: 1,520 mAh
- Others: HSPA+ 21Mbps
- HDMI connection 2D/3D TV/monitor up to 1080p via MHL
- DNLA for wireless connection with TV/PC (3D video also supported)
- NFC Full Support, LG Tag+