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

June 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.

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