Feb 13 AT 11:11 AM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

LG hopes thin and light will bring 3D success


New details have surfaced of the Optimus 3D 2, one of three phones that we expect LG will unveil later this month at Mobile World Congress. Korean site ET News is reporting that LG’s strategy for their newest 3D phone is to offer a design that is thinner and lighter.

The Optimus 3D 2 will measure in at only 9.8 mm thick and weigh 20 grams less than its predecessor. LG is expected to bump up the resolution on their 3D display, hopefully something similar to the True HD IPS display featured on the recently released Optimus LTE.

ET News also reports that Korean carrier SK Telecom is likely to be the first to offer this device, sometime in Q1.

Rumored specs of the Optimus 3D 2 include:

  • Android 4.0 with LG UI
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor
  • 4.3-inch NOVA 3D display
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras for 3D pictures and video
  • Support for HSPA+ 21 Mbps networks
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC

Even though the original Optimus 3D was bulky, I’m not sure that was the device’s main problem. The first generation of 3D displays caused discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue, dizziness or nausea) and were seen as more of a gimmick than a legitimate selling point.

The new picture of the Optimus 3D also reveals LG’s latest UI. We will wait to reserve judgement on this skin before we spend some quality time with it, but it already looks less appealing that the stock Holo theme of Android 4.0.

I’m excited to check out the new Optimus 3D 2 and see how the display improved, but I’m not sure I trust LG enough to purchase one of their smartphones. Last year I paid full price for the T-Mobile G2x, which suffered from a ton of software bugs and a sub-par display. It left a sour taste in my mouth, and I have seen no reason to give them another chance yet.

As long as my expectations are low, at least LG has the chance to pleasantly surprise me.

Via: Phandroid

Source: ET News

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  • spazby

    the specs are not cutting edge but decent… still not sold on 3D phones

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    3D is so 2011.

  • fletchtb

    LG just hasn’t put out a phone that interests me yet and this one won’t be the first, but LG is a great company that I respect and they are bound to have a hit one of these days.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      True, I love my LG washer and dryer!

  • greeny42

    I wish thin and light would bring me success. I don’t really care about having 3D tech in my phone, but I am happy to see more manufacturers including NFC.

  • jowe

    What’s up with Korean companies ripping off Apple’s designs? So boring. iPhone are such bland common denominator phones these days that phones like the Galaxy Nexus or the Droid Razr look nice and stand out because they arn’t iPhones… so why do LG and Samsung so slavishly copy Apple with their other models? It’s embarassing how often people ask me if my Galaxy Tab is an iPad 2.

    • RRR

      yep…and my Vibrant is an iPhone 3. LOL

  • HiyaBuddy

    Taylor, I feel your pain about the g2x because I too paid full price only to move on to Sprint and finally onto Verizon to the galaxy nexus. Samsung is decent, but I wouldn’t mind looking forward to a nexus made by LG in the future.

  • Trinhbo

    When will this 3D fad go away? 3D photos generally look blurry and you can only see the 3D effect from such a small viewing angle.

    To see how little the consumer market cares for 3D on our phones, let’s consider how poorly received the HTC Evo 3D 4G did.

  • rashad360

    You can’t go wrong with thinner and lighter, but I’m still waiting to see 3D become less of a gimmick before jumping on board

  • jonathan3579

    Is it just me or does that amount of bezel make the screen look small? And that UI looks like building blocks. Lol. Oh LG…

  • yankeesusa

    So far lg has phones that look decent and have great specs. Its just the ui isn’t that great. this phone looks sweet. Currently I have the evo 3d and although at first I thought 3d was not that great or a gimmick I find myself using the 3d all the time and i really like it. Looking forward to more 3d phones.

  • Max.Steel

    What an ugly ass design. Why do some Asian manufacturers make phones that look like toys??

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    If you are going to give us LG UI, and 3D(which most people do not want b/cit sucks on phones), at least add a quad-core processor to compensate for a *maybe* laggy UI, and for better 3D.

  • honourbound68

    lets see.. you can now order tall blondes at starbucks and thin & light at LG. can we combine that together and find me a girlfriend? :)

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Haven’t used a 3D phone, but am an avid moviegoer. I find most 3D movies to be a waste of the premium cost vs the 2D. Will approach phone 3D with the “doubting Thomas” pov, but if surprised when I do get to use one, would purchase.

  • http://about.me/barontankhe Ton Habraken

    I got myself the Optimus 3D and for me it was one big disaster for the first month with two broken phones which were replaced and crappy service which only got better after publicly complaining on twitter.

    Right now I have a half decent phone which after a gingerbread update which was way to late is average to use. There has been no news about ICS for the phone since the first anouncement from LG which said it was going to get ICS.

    I can not recommend an LG phone to anyone.

    My next phone will be nexus again…. now let’s hope it’s not samsung.

    • RRR

      Went to see LG Nitro into AT&T shop last week. It was there. Totally broken LOL

  • Nathan D.

    So it has a small bump in specs and the 3D isn’t perfect yet so to me this phone is a no show for me.