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.