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LG Optimus 3D Max is GCF approved; Q2 release expected

March 24, 2012

With the ever increasing popularity of 3D movies and the ability to view entire movies on your smartphone, have you ever thought about combining the two? Well, you aren’t the first – LG brought the Optimus 3D, the first 3D phone, to market in April, last year. We now have an heir-apparent to the Optimus 3D, LG announcing the arrival of the Optimus 3D Max (with naming variations of Optimus 3D 2 and Optimus 3D Cube, for different markets).

Does it deserve to be called “Max”, you ask? Let’s see. It features a larger 4.3-inch screen and the 3D video shooting dual cameras have been upgraded to 5MP each. The Optimus 3D Max also matches to some extent the look and feel of other high-end phones soon to be available on the market, being thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

Other specifications include:

  • 1.2 Ghz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.3″ IPS LCD Screen (Glasses-free 3D screen)
  • 800×480 resolution
  • Android 2.3 OS
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1520 mAH
  • Dual 5MP Camera, with 720p 3D recording

While the Optimus 3D Max has its obvious advantages on the 3D playing field, which is an understatement considering its almost total monopoly in the sector (with only the HTC Evo 3D providing some competition), the rest of the specs leave much to be desired. With every other manufacturer looking to move to quad-core processors and Android 4.0, the specs on the Optimus 3D Max are certainly disappointing. While there might be an upgrade to ICS eventually, it’s very surprising to see that Android 4 is not available out of the box, especially considering LG’s imminent release of its flagship device, the Optimus 4X HD.

With Google recommending the three capacitive menu buttons layout, another somehow expected (considering it is launching with Android 2.3), but unwelcome feature is the four capacitive button strip, which will make optimization for Android 4.0 even harder.

The LG Optimus 3D Max has just received GCF (Global Certification Forum) approval and an eventual FCC approval is only a short while away. While there is no official announcement on a release date or price, a Q2 2012 release is expected.

The phone is definitely an upgrade from the Optimus 3D, with better form factor and specs, but it does not match up to the variety of quad-core Android 4.0 smartphones expected to be released soon, with its toughest competitor probably being LG’s own Optimus 4X HD.

Unless, of course, you prefer 3D phones. Then this phone is the best.

Here is a short video of the LG Optimus 3D Max hands-on at this year’s Mobile World Conference, courtesy of IntoMobile.

Your thoughts? Is 3D that important on a mobile phone so as to ignore the almost disappointing specifications?