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.
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!