HTC HD7S with Super LCD announced, LG Optimus 3D renamed LG Thrill 4G

This just came out of nowhere…AT&T and HTC have just announced an updated version of the HTC HD7 (which was only available on the now soon to be defunct T-Mobile US). So, what’s new in the HTC HD7S? Well it will come pre-loaded with the latest NoDo version of Windows Phone 7 and will also feature a 4.3inch Super LCD panel (this is a first as there was no SLCD panels of this size manufactured before). AT&T is also going to carry the LG Optimus 3D which is renamed as the LG Thrill 4G. Check out the full press release after the break:

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LG Optimus Pad preview: Hands on video

The LG Optimus Pad is planned to be the second Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to hit the market later this year after the Motorola Xoom finally launchs at the end of this month in the US. What sets the Optimus Pad apart from its direct competition is its physical size and smaller 8.9 inch screen (15:9 aspect ratio) which was specifically designed to be easily portable with one hand. The device also packs two 5 Mpix cameras to shoot 720P 3D Stereoscopic content which can then be viewed on a 3D enabled TV through the device’s HDMI port, directly on the device screen in red/blue anaglyph mode or uploaded to YouTube’s 3D channel. Out of all of the Honeycomb tablet’s I’ve played with the LG Optimus Pad was surprisingly the snappiest and smoothest even though they were all powered by the same nVidia Tegra 2 chipset. But I’ will obviously reserve my final judgment until the final retail products are released. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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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.

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LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Tab specifications unveiled

LG has just unveiled some of the hardware specifications of the LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Pad ahead of their official outing tomorrow morning here in Barcelona. The major surprise here is that unlike the Optimus 2X and Optimus Pad the Optimus 3D isn’t powered by an nVidia Tegra 2 but LG decided to use the newest TI OMAP 4 dual-core SoC instead. The Optimus 3D sure looks like multimedia beast with it’s glasses free 3D screen, Dual cameras (3D video recording and DNLA/HDMI output capability. I’ll go hands-on with both devices tomorrow. Press release after the break:

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LG Optimus 3D and LG G-Slate Optimus Pad in video

Here are two short videos of LG’s upcoming Android devices scheduled to be officially unveiled at MWC next week. The first one is a hands-on video of the LG G-Slate aka LG Optimus Pad and its 3D screen & Cameras combo. The second is the teaser video of the LG Optimus 3D which packs a glasses free 3D screen and 2 camera to shoot 3D footage. Check them out after the break:

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LG announces the LG Optimus 3D with Glasses free 3D screen and 3D camera

LG has just announced that the LG Optimus 3D will officially be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 14th just like we all guessed after receiving the events invitation. the big news here is that in addition to the glasses free 3D screen the LG Optimus 3D will also pack a 3D camera (2 lenses)! Check out the press release after the break:

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LG Optimus 3D pictured in the wild

The LG Optimus 3D Android smartphone which is set to be unveiled on February 14th at MWC just got shot in the wild for the first time by mister blurry-cam. The device sport a 4.3inch LCD 3D and what looks like the same hardware specifications as the LG Optimus 2X (Tegra 2 SoC etc). I’m going to get my hands-on with the device at MWC and make sure to shoot some nice videos of it in action (even though the 3D effect won’t really show up in videos..)

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LG announcing Optimus Smartphone with 3D screen at MWC

You’ve probably already heard about this so I won’t go into details (mainly because there isn’t any details at al…): LG is apparently going to¬† unveil a new LG Optimus handset featuring a 3D screen in on February 14th during MWC. I just received my invite to the event which is probably going to be packed. I’ll make sure to get some hands-on action with it and with all the other Tegra 2 powered devices they are going to showcase like the G-Slate tablet which is also rumored to have a 3D screen. Nothing on the Windows Phone 7 front though. So don’t be surprised if we don’t see any new WP7 devices from LG or any other OEM during the event next month.