Feb 22 AT 9:41 AM Anthony Domanico 22 Comments

LG thinks we need more 3D in our lives, announces the Optimus 3D Max

Optimus 3D Maxx

LG will apparently be having quite the show next week in Barcelona. While just a few days ago we told you about the 5-inch LG Vu and the 4.3-inch LG Optimus LTE Tag, LG has yet another device up their sleeves, and this one comes with an extra dimension.

In case you couldn’t get enough 3D in your life, LG will be unleashing the Optimus 3D Max onto the unsuspecting public at Mobile World Congress.  The Optimus 3D Max is a true follow-up to the Optimus 3D the company released last year, but with several improvements to 3D technology and multimedia consumption and a slightly redesigned body (for the better).

The improvement list for the Optimus 3D Max include:

  • HD Converter so you can view HD content on a connected TV (via MHL connection)
  • Out-focusing shot to improve picture quality using a combination of Range Finder (which triangulates the distance of your subject), and enhanced image processing
  • Convert Google Earth, Google Maps, and other road views into 3D using an enhanced 3D converter
  • 3D hard button on the device to easily switch between 3D and 2D mode. Probably not the same slider we’ve come to know and love with the HTC Evo 3D, but a standalone button.
  • 3D-Style cubicle icons, which only makes me think back to the Samsung Behold II (shudder).

While most of the improvements focus around multimedia consumption, the spec sheet is on par with what we’ve come to expect from phones released in the past 6 months. The Optimus 3D Max will feature:

  • 1.2 GHz OMAP 4430 dual-core processor
  • 4.3-inch 3D WVGA display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM
  • 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, capable of taking 3D images
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an update to Android 4.0 on the horizon
  • 1,520 mAh battery
  • HSPA+ 21 mbps capable
  • NFC with LTE’s Tag+ functionality

The fact that this device has HSPA+ connectivity suggests that it will only be found on AT&T or T-Mobile if this device makes its way to the US. AT&T is the likely suspect here, as Ma Bell offered the 3D-Capable LG Thrill 4G on its network.

Anyone out there excited for another 3D smartphone, or do you think 3D should be left to TV-sized devices (if at all)?

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Show Press Release

SEOUL, Feb. 22, 2012 — Following in the footsteps of last year’s glasses-free 3D smartphone, LG Electronics will publicly unveil the Optimus 3D Max at the 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC). With powerful 3D technology and sleeker design, the Optimus 3D Max provides a complete 3D entertainment platform and marks a big leap forward in the ever-expanding 3D ecosystem.

“The Optimus 3D Max was born from LG’s constant efforts to bring user entertainment experience to a higher level,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The introduction of the Optimus 3D last year ushered in a new era for smartphones and Optimus 3D Max is real proof of LG’s commitment to portable 3D entertainment.”

LG Optimus 3D Max is equipped with diverse innovations and offers users with advancements including:

â–  True Performance Muscle with Latest Mobile Technologies
LG Optimus 3D Max is a powerful smartphone in both 2D and 3D mode and a pleasure to view with LG’s exclusive brightened display. 3G’s network speed has been also improved to HSPA+ 21Mbps. LG Tag+ offers advanced NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities designed to promote greater user convenience. One of its benefits is automatic setting changes which are possible by creating predefined tags that are customized to certain modes such as car-mode, office-mode or sleep-mode. Depending on location, the predefined tags will automatically adjust various phone settings including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS and sound volume.

Beyond its already innovative features, attendees of MWC 2012 will see some of the future benefits that will be made available through a Maintenance Release or an application available on the LG SmartWorld (www.LGsmartworld.com). Additional features include:
- HD Converter to offer HD quality on a TV connected through MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), when transforming Open GL-based 2D games and applications to 3D and viewing Google Earth;
- Range Finder to calculate the distance between the camera and the subject as well as the dimensions of an object through triangulation;
- Out-focusing Shot to enhance camera quality beyond that of other smartphones through image processing using depth information.

â–  True 3D Entertainment Features with Improved 2D-3D Compatibility
Users can convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views into 3D using the enhanced 3D Converter. Furthermore, 3D photos and videos captured by the Optimus 3D Max can also be viewed in a single-screen mode in 2D, using the 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone to easily toggle between 2D and 3D. LG also plans to continue expanding video contents, applications and games optimized for the 3D Converter available from the 3D Zone at LG SmartWorld.

â–  True Excellence in Design with Slimmer and Lighter Body
The LG Optimus 3D Max’s premium design comes from LG’s commitment to fine details. LG focused on trimming details on the design of the Optimus 3D Max by keeping only the essentials and eliminating everything else. Measuring only 9.6 mm thin and weighing 148 grams, the lean body with metallic and rounded edges incorporates the best 3D features in addition to desirable 2D features. The Optimus 3D Max includes unique 3D-style cubicle icons which users can customize with their own photos through the Icon Customizer.

The Optimus 3D Max will first launch in Korea in March and will gradually roll out in other markets starting in Europe. The device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from Android 2.3 Gingerbread shortly after the launch.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor (OMAP4430)
  • Display: 4.3-inch 3D WVGA Display with Corning? Gorilla? Glass 2
  • Memory: 8GB Internal Storage, 1GB Internal Memory
  • Camera: 5MP Dual-lens
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Battery: 1,520 mAh
  • Others: HSPA+ 21Mbps, HDMI connection 2D/3D TV/monitor up to 1080p via MHL, DNLA for wireless connection with TV/PC (3D video also supported), NFC Full Support, LG Tag+

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  • Nate B.

    I really think manufacturers failed in the long run with these overlays. They aren’t focused on the right thing. It’s like they’re thinking on the last thing instead of the future. If your last phone isn’t that different the previous then…

  • spazby

    I think LG is wrong… not a big fan of 3D on the phones at all, either make the phone cheaper by not including it or upgrade other areas instead of adding 3D…

    • Xpeira Fever

      LG don’t even make good/nice phones so the fact they say we should all be in 3D, doesn’t sway me 1 bit. I will never buy 1 of their phones regardless of how good it may be because 1 thing most manufacturers could learn from Sony & Apple is what the word “Aesthetics” means.

  • Judy

    Not a 3D smartphone fan since 3D is not very good for your eyes.

  • jonathan3579

    Another “meh” LG phone.

  • alexanderharri3

    LG: Languishing in the Generic

    3D still a gimmick…maybe eventually but there just isn’t a point right now.

  • Trinhbo

    Once again LG shows us why they STILL don’t get what consumers want. People do not want 3D! It sucks on phones and it’s barely usable on TVs. If LG keeps coming out with gimmicky devices like these, they’ll continue to fall further behind manufacturers like Samsung and HTC.

    • Joel

      +1 for you my friend – Agreed.

      What LG needs to do is not only step their game up as far as hardware goes…but also focus more on other carriers….releasing a phone like this on the major 4 carriers would really be a waste of time…on carriers like metro pcs however…would sell like hot bread….steamy warm soft hot bread..with butter….mm..

  • Jorge Vieira

    3D is cool but i don’t think people really want it on there phones. Everything on the phone just seem s like a disappointment. They need to make a good non 3d phone first

  • fletchtb

    I have no interest in having 3D on my TV at home and I care infinitely less about having 3D on my phone. When is LG going to get it?

    • Ratsky

      why did you get 3d tv in your home if you dont watch it? make up your mind…

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Still not a huge fan of 3D in the movie theater, don’t think I want it on my smartphone although willing to give it a try. Not sure where 3D falls on the smartphone continuum ranging from super annoying feature to best thing since SoC feature.

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    For the record, I hate 3D too. At least this phone looks decent, unlike the square-ish Vu and Optimus LTE Tag

  • Nathan D.

    3D isn’t that good and isn’t advance enough to the point where you can see it. I have a hard time seeing the 3D on the 3DS plus it not easy on the eyes

  • Comandantecee

    Good god 3D was a corny gimmick last year and its even cornier now in 2012..

  • Jorge Vieira

    QVGA tho…

  • yankeesusa

    All i can say is unless you have owned a 3d phone then I wouldn’t be so fast on downing them. I have owned the evo 3d since it came out and at first i thought it was a gimmick or just something to play with. But now I find myself using the 3d camera at every outing that I go with the family. Its just a good feature like HD video. When hd phones came out people said regular video is good enough but now hd video is the norm. The way I see it is, if you don’t want a 3d phone then don’t buy it. If sales aren’t good enough then companies wont make them.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      I owned the Evo 3D (actually, still have it). Was all too happy to get rid of it.

      • yankeesusa

        What is the reason for getting rid of it? If the reason is due to 3d then thats just baseless. The evo3d putting aside the 3d feature is a great phone. the phone is even better after you root it. The benchmarks on this phone on stock rom are still amazing.

  • BigCiX

    I have the original Thrill and the build quality is great. No plastic just a solid phone. The fact that it was released on 2.2 just to go along with the Dual memory, dual channel, dual camera, dual whatever else was a failure. Now we are here 5 months after the phone was released with 2.2 still on this f*ckin thing. Every country has 2.3 excepts the states. Go figure…..at&t holding back again!

  • Ratsky

    Why people are commiting on here that they dont like 3d! First you shouldnt read this article because clearly your not interested at all, why bother?. Second they made this phone because a lot of people likes it, I myself have 3d tv so definitely i need it.. Watching and recording in my phone is awesome and connecting it to my tv on 3d watching in big screen is more awesome and immersive. Third this is made for people like me.. Lastly dont say “The consumer dont like it” Its you who doesnt like it. You are not the consumer…

  • james braselton

    hi there me I can never go back too 3d I have too much 3d.were 2d is not even a option.all. 3d no more 2d for my I am spoiled on 3d