Last year, LG started pushing the idea that smartphones should have 3D screens, and they were the first to do it well with the parallax barrier technology, which basically shows you animations in 3D on the screen without having to wear 3D glasses. If you ask me I think this whole 3D thing is mostly a gimmick, whether we’re talking about 3D movies or 3D screens, but it can certainly impress when you try it for a short while.
The successor of LG Optimus 3D, dubbed LG CX2 for now, is poised to appear at MWC this year, and should show us a lot more than a 3D screen, although most of them don’t seem like technology breakthroughs. The specs for the LG CX2 are a dual core TI OMAP 4 processor (possibly OMAP 4460), 4.3-inch WVGA NOVA display, an NFC chip, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and an HSPA+21 antenna.
Will this be LG’s best phone at the show? From what the specs are telling us, it looks more like a phone from the 2nd half of 2012, so it might not be their best phone, considering they’ve already launched better phones by now. My guess is they will try to price it somewhere in the mid-range, even with these specs.
Other rumors say LG will try to beat HTC to the punch with the first Tegra 3 phone. Last year LG was also the first manufacturer to release a dual core Tegra 2 phone (outside US), so I wouldn’t be too surprised if they try to do the same this year. However, they will hopefully be more careful about bugs in their software, because the LG Optimus 2X had quite a few of them.
It would also be great if either of these phones that will be announced at MWC will launch with Android 4.0 out of the gate. MWC will happen about 3 months after the Android 4.0 source code was released, so LG will have few excuses if they fail to use it in these higher end phones. It would be a better strategy for them to delay the phones’ launches by a month but with Android 4.0, than earlier but without it.