LG launches Optimus 3D Max and Optimus L7 smartphones in India, still no words on US availability

by: AdrianJune 20, 2012
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Just as we found out that LG has decided to put all tablet development on hold for the time being and only concentrate on Android-based smartphones, we have been introduced to two new handsets from the company.

Well, not exactly introduced, as both phones were unveiled some time ago, but reacquainted with the Optimus 3D Max and Optimus L7. The duo has been made official for the Indian market, where they’ve already started selling, but are still nowhere to be found in several other markets across the world, including the United States.

First up, we have the Optimus 3D Max, a glasses-free phone that offers “3D on the go”. Although the “Max” as a name might make you think of a significantly improved device over the original Optimus 3D, this new handheld is not very impressive in terms of raw power.

Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, the Optimus 3D Max only comes with a 800 x 480 pixels resolution 4.3-inch screen, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory and running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That last particular detail might be the most upsetting of them all, but there is a “planned upgrade” to ICS supposedly hitting the 3D Max soon.

The dual 5 MP cameras are a nice touch of originality from LG, but, all in all, even if you’re a fan of 3D-enabled smartphones, the Optimus 3D Max is a decent mid-ranger, at best. And to pay around $545 (30,500 Indian rupees) for a mid-ranger is not exactly the best deal you could find.

The Optimus L7 has itself been made available in India and, while it comes at a considerably more affordable price, it also features more modest specs. The L7 does run Android 4.0 out of the box, which is a big plus, but the single-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, 800-by-480 4.3-inch screen, and 5 MP rear-facing camera are pretty disappointing.

Priced at INR 19,900 (around $355) in India, the Optimus L7 hasn’t been officially made available in the US, like the 3D Max, but can be purchased from Amazon. The online retailer is only asking $295 for the L7, which is a price tag closer to what we’d expect to pay for a SIM-free low-end smartphone.

If you would like to get either the Optimus 3D Max or the L7 from one of the major US’ carriers, we unfortunately don’t have any news to report to you at the time. It’s possible to see at least one of the two picked up by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile soon enough, but if I were you, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Is anyone from India tuning in right now? Are you guys thinking of getting the 3D Max or the L7 anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • i am from india and my friend just bought a sgs2 yesterday for 26000 rs which about 4000 RS /50$ less than this.

    anyhow am planing for s3 not this…:)

  • Shrikant

    I have the LG l7.Its an amazing phone with a big bang for the buck.Amazing Now a days only 4 brands are worth buying.Samsung, HTC, LG,Apple if u r a serious heavy multimedia user.Crap phones like blackberry, motorola, sony is drowning due to exorbitantly overpriced and shitty specs in mid range handsets which is good for nothing.There’s a slight chance for blackberry if they try to bring in some good operating system and some mind blowing specs for a decent price.Future belongs to Samsung and Apple leaving Nokia nowhere in the race of smartphones.Nokias 14 year dominace over the smartphone market globally has ended and become worse the day android was born.Samsung no1 world over has beaten every market as well as kicked every brand in the ass hard.If u want some serious phones with some good pricing always go for samsung.Secondly think LG,HTC.Samsung no1..

  • FullCircle_360

    I don’t really see the point in the LG optimus 3D max as it’s not a very big upgrade from the Optimus 3D, 512MB more ram and a bit more storage space, apparently the 3D on it is better too. 3D on the original optimus 3D was pretty nice the only issue with the phone is software, updates and LG themselves. It took LG such a long time to release 2.3 on the optimus 3D, in fact by the time they had released it 2.3 4.0 was about to be released and now it’s repeated since 4.1 is out and they still haven’t updated to 4.0 although this seems to be happening with all the other manufacturers. Maybe LG have learnt from their mistakes and complaints from customers but they probably haven’t.