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LG Optimus 3D smartphone set for big MWC reveal

No 3D glasses, should pack Android and Tegra chip
Tue Feb 01 2011, 10:48

ELECTRONICS MAKER LG will show off its first ever 3D smartphone at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Few details are known about the device, but LG has revealed that it will have a dual-lens 3D camera and a glasses-free 3D LCD display. It will also have HDMI and DLNA features that are common on LG devices, made more interesting by the fact that you might be able to share your homemade videos on 3D TVs.

As it has an Optimus label, it's pretty certain that the smartphone will be running on Android. And as it's glasses-free, it will also use the stereoscopic blueprint followed by the Nintendo 3DS and recently-released 3D Sharp phones in Japan. This means that to fully see the 3D effect, you will have to look straight on at the screen.

It's the second LG smartphone that has caused a few ripples in 2011, with the LG Optimus 2X having been positively received at January's CES. Much of this was due to the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor inside.

As for what's inside the LG Optimus 3D, some observers have suggested it will carry a Tegra 2 3D graphics chip to support the stereoscopic functionality. But we will have to wait for the Barcelona mobile lovefest to find out. µ


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