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LG ships Optimus 3D Max in Germany, tries to prove 3D is still alive

April 24, 2012

It’s been a good three years since Avatar ignited a 3D boom in the entertainment and tech industry. Though the 3D hype didn’t really translate into sales for many manufacturers that tried to 3D-ify everything, LG thinks there’s still room for a new 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D Max.

Don’t be fooled by the last part of the name, because the phone actually lost in the thickness and weight department. The LG Optimus 3D Max comes in a thinner 9.6mm body and weighs 20 g less than its predecessor. Just like its predecessor, the LG Optimus 3D, this second generation 3D gizmo from LG doesn’t require users to wear special glasses to view 3D images and videos.

In the innards department, the LG Optimus 3D Max is powered by the same dual-core TI OMAP 4430 found on the OG Optimus, but it’s now clocked higher at 1.2GHz. The 3D Max also stagnates in term of display technology, with LG opting for the same 800 x 480 pixels packed in a 4.3 inch dispaly. The Optimus 3D Max has two 5MP rear cameras (for shooting 3D imagery) and a VGA front camera, while the RAM on the phone has been doubled to 1GB. Again disappointing, the device will only ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the now customary promises from LG of a timely update to ICS.

On to the phone’s claim to fame, LG has equipped the Optimus 3D Max with a new 3D converter, which allows you to convert content from Google Earth and Google Maps to 3D. You can also use the phone to edit 3D video in real time. Neat, if you’re a 3D maniac, right?

The other 3D phone player in the market, HTC, is not planning to update its EVO 3D line any time soon. While alleged pictures of a sequel to the HTC EVO 3D, which has been discontinued by the Taiwanese, were spotted earlier this month, they were likely images of a prototype of the upcoming HTC EVO 4G LTE, and the 3D feature didn’t make the final cut. Samsung has also mentioned that it’s not interested in releasing a 3D phone in the coming future.

LG’s glass-free Optimus 3D Max was released yesterday in Germany, with more countries to follow, but according to Engadget Mobile, the UK will not be on of them. The 3D enabled device was spotted in the mandatory FCC filings, which makes us believe that the 3D Max will also grace American shores sometimes soon, probably on AT&T.

More details about the LG Optimus 3D Max in the press release below:


SEOUL, Apr. 23, 2012 – LG’s latest achievement in the glasses-free 3D space — the Optimus 3D Max — will kick-off its global roll-out today starting in Europe. As first seen at Mobile World Congress 2012, the second-generation 3D smartphone boasts an enhanced chipset and more enticing 3D entertainment features in a slimmer and lighter body.

“We are deliberately pushing the limits of mobile entertainment innovation with the Op-timus 3D Max,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “This device has evolved significantly since we introduced the first Optimus 3D at Mobile World Congress in 2011. Our second generation glasses-free 3D smartphone is as thin and light as any other high-end smartphone while still de-livering a spectacular picture in either 2D or 3D.”

The Optimus 3D Max now includes a new 3D Converter which allows for a greater va-riety of 3D content as it converts 2D content from Google Earth, Google Maps and oth-er mapping apps into 3D. Visitors at MWC 2012 also raved about the device’s unique 3D video editor which allows the editing of 3D video on the phone in real time. And the 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone enables users to easily toggle between 2D and 3D. The Optimus 3D Max includes 3D-style cubicle icons in addition to its customizable icons which can be amended by applying the users’ own photos through the Icon Customizer feature.

Additional features, which will be available through an upcoming maintenance release (MR), include a HD Converter to offer high resolution content to be viewed on a TV connected through MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) and Range Finder, which cal-culates the distance between the camera and a subject as well as the dimensions of an object through triangulation.

As for its new form-factor, the Optimus 3D Max is 2mm slimmer and 20g lighter than its predecessor, measuring only 9.6 mm thin and weighing 148g. The 5MP camera on the rear captures both photos and video in 3D using its dual lenses. The recorded material can be viewed directly on the smartphone in glasses-free 3D or on a 3D capable computer monitor or TV.

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, Micro SD support
(up to 32GB)
• Camera: 2 x 5MP rear-facing, VGA front-facing
• 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+