MOBILE PHONE RETAILER The Carphone Warehouse has announced it is selling the LG Optimus 3D smartphone from today, earlier than any other retailer.
We thought that the first glasses free smartphone in the UK would tip up in a week or two, but The Carphone Warehouse has played a trump card and made it available early. You can go buy the phone in 20 Carphone Warehouse and four Best Buy stores.
Graham Stapleton, chief commercial officer at The Carphone Warehouse said, "The LG Optimus 3D features some ground breaking technology and we're proud to be able to offer the world's first 3D smartphone exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy."
The handset is available for £499 SIM free, or free on a £35 per month two year contract. Like the Nintendo 3DS it offers 3D technology on its 4.3in screen without the need for a pair of accompanying glasses.
If you're eager to run out and get your hands on this phone then some of the stores include Sheffield, Manchester, Brighton, Oxford Street and even Luton. Best Buy stores stocking the phone are in Hayes, Bristol, Nottingham and Rotherham.
If you order online with The Carphone Warehouse then you'll be waiting until 7 July, a day after the phone goes on sale nationwide.
The LG Optimus 3D has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It shows 3D content but also allows you to capture your own using the dual 5MP rear cameras.
The phone comes pre-loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo, unlike most which now come with the more up to date Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Like previous LG smartphones the Optimus 3D has an HDMI port so you can hook it up to a TV or monitor.
Clove.co.uk is offering the Optimus 3D for pre-order at a SIM free price of £454 with a release date of 9 July. Amazon, on the other hand, has it for £459 and won't get it to you until 21 July.
HTC has recently announced that its Evo 3D smartphone, a rival handset to the LG Optimus 3D, will come to the UK, as we expected. The Evo 3D is a very similar to the Optimus 3D and HTC said it will tip up this month. µ