UPDATE: The LG Optimus 3D Max will be known as the Optimus 3D Cube in Korea. Its hardware and software specs will be identical.
Boy, those LG Android smartphones just keep on coming. After the LG Optimus Vu
and the trio of Optimus L smartphones
, the Korean tech giant officially unveiled the LG Optimus 3D Max
. It is here to succeed the LG Optimus 3D
, and it goes without saying that it can deliver 3D content without the need for those dorky glasses.
The LG Optimus 3D Max appears to be the same device, press shots of which we saw a few days ago
. However, the specs that were listed in that leak were not exactly spot on, as it now becomes evident. What displays the glasses-free 3D goodness is a 4.3-inch IPS LCD screen with 480 by 800 pixels of resolution, even though we were hoping to see a bigger display with a higher pixel count. Still, the display on the Optimus 3D Max should have wider viewing angles and is reinforced by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Besides, at 520 nits in 2D mode or 250 nits in 3D mode, it should also be slightly brighter than what we have on the Optimus 3D.
Under the hood we see a 1.2GHz dual-core processor – the OMAP 4430 by Texas Instruments, and 1 gig of RAM. Flip the phone around and you see a duo of 5-megapixel auto-focus cameras, and a VGA camera resides on the device's front. 8 gigs of on-board storage is at your disposal, and a 1,520mAh battery is what provides the smartphone with juice. Also, NFC connectivity is a welcome addition, especially when the LG Optimus 3D Max can take advantage of those smart stickers called LG Tag+ – the ones that we were introduced to alongside the LG Optimus LTE Tag
. In terms of software, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is what comes out of the box, but an Ice Cream Sandwich update will be released shortly after the smartphone's launch.
One of the most noticeable differences between the LG Optimus 3D Max and the Optimus 3D, however, is that the newcomer is lighter tipping the scale at 148 grams. It is much slimmer than its predecessor as well boasting a waistline of 9.6 millimeters.
In early March, the LG Optimus 3D Max will be released in Korea on SK Telecom. It will retail for 847,000 Korean Won, which is roughly $750. We don't really know whether it will land in the U.S., but it is expected to launch in Europe after its Korean debut. We would definitely check the smartphone out in Barcelona next week, so stay tuned for our MWC 2012 coverage
+- Press Release
LG WOWS THE WORLD AGAIN WITH OPTIMUS 3D MAX AT MWC 2012
More Than Just Glasses-Free 3D, Optimus 3D Max Pushes the Boundaries of Power Features and Performance
SEOUL, Feb. 22, 2012 – Following in the footsteps of last year’s glasses-free 3D smartphone, LG Electronics will publicly unveil the Optimus 3D Max at the 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC). With powerful 3D technology and sleeker design, the Optimus 3D Max provides a complete 3D entertainment platform and marks a big leap forward in the ever-expanding 3D ecosystem.
“The Optimus 3D Max was born from LG’s constant efforts to bring user entertainment experience to a higher level,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The introduction of the Optimus 3D last year ushered in a new era for smartphones and Optimus 3D Max is real proof of LG’s commitment to portable 3D entertainment.”
LG Optimus 3D Max is equipped with diverse innovations and offers users with advancements including:
True Performance Muscle with Latest Mobile Technologies
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.
True 3D Entertainment Features with Improved 2D-3D Compatibility
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.
True Excellence in Design with Slimmer and Lighter Body
The LG Optimus 3D Max’s premium design comes from LG’s commitment to fine details. LG focused on trimming details on the design of the Optimus 3D Max by keeping only the essentials and eliminating everything else. Measuring only 9.6 mm thin and weighing 148 grams, the lean body with metallic and rounded edges incorporates the best 3D features in addition to desirable 2D features. The Optimus 3D Max includes unique 3D-style cubicle icons which users can customize with their own photos through the Icon Customizer.
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.
- Key Specifications:
- Chipset: 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+