LG Optimus 3D due out tomorrow

Darren Allan

June 30, 2011

There hasn’t been much good news for those keenly awaiting the arrival of LG’s smartphone which does glasses-free 3D.

The Optimus 3D was initially expected to be released in April, then that date got pushed back to June, and then again to mid-July.

However, it seems that the handset will be out and on sale at Carphone Warehouse (and Best Buy) as an exclusive tomorrow, before the 3D phone goes on sale elsewhere next week (not mid-July as we’d previously mentioned).

The Optimus 3D comes with a 4.3 inch three-dimensional display, along with a 5 megapixel dual-lens camera. The handset can be used to both record and watch 3D video, or you can pipe it out to your 3DTV via an HDMI output.

The device also has a 1GHz dual-core processor and 8GB of internal storage, wi-fi and 3G, but rather disappointingly for a cutting-edge phone is only running Android 2.2 (Froyo). As you would hope, an update to Gingerbread is promised, although quite why this isn’t on board in the first place is a mystery.

Price-wise, Carphone Warehouse has the Optimus 3D up for £500 sim-free, or if you prefer to take out a contract you can get the handset for free on deals from £35 per month upwards.

£35 per month will get you a two year contract on Orange with 700 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Vodafone offers the same deal, just slightly stingier with 600 minutes offered.

It’ll be interesting to find out how popular a 3D phone will be, as while this might be the first smartphone out with a glasses-free 3D display in the UK, it isn’t the first device. The Nintendo 3DS, of course, came out in March.

HTC’s Evo 3D was also announced for the UK market at the start of this week, although that model won’t be arriving until later in the third quarter. It has a similar spec on paper, albeit with a slightly nippier 1.2GHz dual-core processor.


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