LG has officially announced its follow-up to the Optimus 3D smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress.
The Optimus 3D Max, also known as the Optimus 3D Cube in other territories, has been unveiled as the South Korean electronics maker prepares to take the stage at this month’s high-profile expo.
Billed as the world’s first smartphone with on board 3D editing capability, the Max is very similar to its predecessor, in that it sports the same 4.3-inch ‘glasses free’ autostereoscopic display and a dual-lens five-megapixel camera for 3D snapping smarts.
However, it packs a slightly beefier 1.2GHz dual core processor instead of 1GHz, and twice the storage capacity at 16GB.
It is also considerably thinner, measuring a respectable 9.6mm compared to the original’s 11.9mm, and is around 20 grams lighter. Slightly disappointingly, though, it will come with the ageing Gingerbread edition of Android rather than the latest Ice Cream Sandwich. However, LG has assured us an upgrade will follow shortly after release.
Most industry observers would agree the Optimus 3D was largely unsuccessful at driving demand for 3D smartphones. However, with little competition to speak of, the tech giant is clearly not willing to throw in the towel just yet.
Whether the changes are deserving of consumers’ reconsideration remains to be seen. For now, the Optimus 3D looks to have a relatively open playing field in trying.