LG Optimus 3D Preview: Hands on video

Today LG officially unveiled the first smartphone featuring a glasses free 3D screen and also using TI’s OMAP4 4430 SoC to power whole thing. The LG Optimus 3D has a Dual-core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Dual Channel DDR2 memory and Dual Memory banks according to the company (3 Ds.. get it?). What you essential have here is one powerful smartphone that looks more like a experiment than a really fully thought out product. Why do I say that? Well, first off I’m really a fan of all things 3D (stereoscopic viewing) and the 4.3 inch Parallax Barrier screen only really works well when you view it at a certain angle and from a certain distance. But what really kills it is that everything displayed in 3D looks like a bloody low resolution mess on such a big panel. The parallax barrier also makes the screen look like plastic under certain angles. The other 3D feature of the Optimus 3D is the 2 5Mpix camera on the back that can shoot 720P 3D footage (in 2D the device can shoot in 1080P). Once again I’m not a big fan of this so you will have to try it out yourself and decide if it’s worth it. LG has collaborated with YouTube so you can directly upload the 3D videos shot with the Optimus 3D OTA to YouTube’s 3D channel via the built-in client on the device. LG has also developed a 3D stereoscopic UI that is toggle via a hardware button on the side of the phone. It’s a bit of a gimmick and definitely not a great UX.

Now when you factor out all the 3D stuff you are basically left with a pretty neat phone which is somewhat identical to the Optimus 2X but with a TI OMAP 4 instead of the Tegra 2 chipset. The HDMI 1.4 connector (let’s you output 1080P 2D content and 720P 3D content) and the device’s mirroring feature are really nice (it also support DLNA). So all in all we have a pretty nice product packed with features that are not that really useful in my opinion. But I have to give my props to LG for at least pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a hand-held device. Check out a demo of the LG Optimus 3D in action below (the 3D effect doesn’t show up at all in it though):

I definitely wouldn’t mind spending more time with it once the software is finalised later this year (it’s expected to be released in a couple of month).