Update: LG just sent out the teaser invitation for their MWC press conference. It clearly says “Into the new dimension” so we fully expect to see 3D phones from LG in a couple of weeks.
It looks like 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the dual-core processor, but another emerging trend in high-end smartphones is glasses-free 3D displays. Sharp already released 3D phones in Japan, HTC might reveal their first in conjunction with Sprint, and now it appears that LG is also joining the 3D party.
European mobile phone retailer The Carphone Warehouse accidentally published a coming soon page for a phone called LG Optimus 3D. The listing has since vanished and no other details were revealed, but LG just announced their own glasses-free 3D displays at CES so it’s believable that a phone could be on the way.
The glasses-free 3D screen that LG Electronics showed off at CES was one of the largest auto-stereoscopic displays (designed for a mobile device) that I have seen and measured in at 4.3 inches. LG’s 3D display uses an applied parallax barrier technology and features a WVGA 800×480 resolution.
“LG sees tremendous growth potential in the 3D mobile display market,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “With our key understanding of displays, entertainment and mobile technology, LG is looking forward to debuting this exciting new way to watch 3D movies or play games on your mobile phone.”
This accidental leak is interesting because it comes the day after we learned of NVIDIA’s 1.2 GHz Tegra 2 3D processor. LG was the first handset maker to announce support for the Tegra 2, so maybe they will also be the first to use the new Tegra 2 3D.
We shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to see what LG is up to since their Mobile World Congress press event is on February 14th. Check back in a couple of weeks for some hands-on reports.