Optimus 3D Max – Upcoming LG Smartphone
Like the newer Optimus Vu and the Optimus 4X HD, the Optimus 3D Max with its stereoscopic technology was made known days before MWC officially started. Like the original Optimus 3D, the phone also makes its debut at MWC and it features 3D viewing capability using the glasses-free auto-stereoscopic display. Instead of re-using the TI OMAP4430 chipset, LG decided to use the newer 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon processor. The original Optimus 3D is responsive enough, and the slightly snappier processor should help somewhat. One noticeable thing about the new phone is its thinner form factor, although the older phone is perfectly usable, it still feels rather chunky. The new design makes Optimus 3D Max on par with latest smartphones and the addition of NFC is definitely a good thing.
Unfortunately the phone still uses the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), however the 3D converter engine should be able to redeem the drawback somewhat. The technology allows the phone to upscale 2D games into 3D, which significantly improve user experience. But let’s face it, apart from the faster processor and the sleeker design, there’s nothing really groundbreaking about the Optimus 3D Max Cube. It still uses the 4.3″ WVGA display, which lags behind its competitors. The phone also uses the same 5Mp dual-camera used in the original, which operate at 3Mp. Technologically, it’s now possible to fit 8Mp dual-camera, but Sony may simply try to keep the price down. Just like with other new smartphones released with Android 2.3 onboard, it is advisable to wait for the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich update from the vendor, before taking the plunge.