Woo look at this red hot goodness. It’s the LG Optimus 3D, an early developer version “intended for engineers” — take note of that for later. First let me comment on the box for a moment. It’s slick. One thing you can say about LG and the rest of the bigtime companies like HTC these days is that they’ve got their packaging game together. I see this box on a shelf and I instantly want to know what’s inside. Turns out what’s inside is the world’s first “Tri-Dual Technology”, that being dual-core, dual-channel, and dual-memory. See how it feels to the hands here and now.

This device comes with a big fat Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a set of 5-megapixel cameras on the back capable of 1080p@24fps (2D), 720p@30fps (3D) for video, a slightly less impressive VGA camera on the front, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, TI OMAP4430 chipset, Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradable to Gingerbread sometime in the future, who knows when,) GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/1900/2100, and a WVGA LCD display at 480 x 800 pixels and 4.3-inches. DTS 2.0 channel audio, glasses-free 3D, and a lovely lipped glass front provide icing on the cake.

The device feels extremely similar to the T-Mobile G2x (or the Optimus 2X, depending on where you live in the world,) in the hands. It’s got that same downward lip at the edge of the glass, the same metal strip (to a degree) and plastic back (though black here instead of a mocha,) defeating the G2x in both size and number of cameras. This device has no lack of new and odd features, having 3D content, the ability to capture 3D content, and an array of new user interface features on top of Google’s standard Froyo.

We’ll be taking this device on a ride through every test we’d have set up for the final version so that you get a taste before you’ve got the ability to purchase. Behold the sled on which the 3D content revolution may be sliding in on – we’ll see about that. Meanwhile dual-core glasses-free 3D here we come.

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Unboxing and Hands-On

While we’re reviewing, please feel free to let us know what you’d like to know about this device. Any questions you’d like answered? Any sort of special tests you’d like us to take this device through? Ask away!

  • Bummer that it’s not at least 2.3 yet.

  • Stretch_3000

    Please run a neocore benchmark on it.

  • 1- tell us if it has a gorilla glass or not 
    2-the resolution of the front camera and if it good to make video chatting or bad?
    3- the form of audio when recording a 2D & 3D video , AMR or AAC ??
    4-loudness of the speaker enough or bad ?
    5- quality of the recorded video and pictures are good or what ever?

  • Gareth Tiedt

     Does it freeze up, randomly reboot and freeze if the caller on the other end hangs up first?

  • Lee

    What formats does it use for 3d photos and videos? jpegs, mpos, mpgs, etc.
    Does it support 3d wallpapers?
    If you have a 3ds how does the display compare in terms of positioning yourself to get a 3d view?
    Does it use an LCD for the parallax barrier, that is do you get higher resolution in 2d versus 3d? An LCD parallax barrier also means it’s possible to view 3d in both landscape and portrait orientations.

  • Lee

    do they support converting normal games into stereoscopic 3d games like what is done for PC games?

  • Bobert

     I want information on how locked down it is. I want root, and this is looking to be the phone I’ll be getting come time. (In the form of the LG Thrill)

  • Hmubaireek

    Does it record sound in stereo?
    Does it has the second microphone to eliminate background noise during calls?
    How is the quality of Capturing pictures in 2D/3D, and recording videos in 2D/3D

  • Hmubaireek

    How is the 3D effect looks like? Does the picture pop out from the screen? Like in the 3D TV’s, or What is the difference?

  • Andresmn1126

    you forgot to mention this engineer version actually supports tmobile’s hspa+ bands too

    • Mohamed Ismail Nounou

      Are you sure?

      Can you confirm please