#MWC11: LG Optimus 3D P920 and Optimus Pad V900 hands-on (video)

Just as expected, LG has officially presented the LG Optimus 3D at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. In case you haven’t heard yet, the Optimus 3D (model number P920) is the world’s first smartphone to feature a glasses-free 3D display (4.3 inch, WVGA, multitouch).

It’s also the first to have what LG calls a “tri-dual” architecture – meaning dual core 1GHz TI processor, dual channel controller, and dual access to memory (4GB LP DDR2 RAM).

Design-wise, the Optimus 3D is not too different from the Optimus 2X that was announced back in January at CES 2011. The phone is quite big (129 x 68 x 11. 9 mm), but that’s how a 4.3 inch handset should be anyway.

The new Optimus has a 3D UI that can be disabled if you don’t find it useful – and it isn’t, it’s kinda cool, but not really impressive (as you may expect it to be). The phone’s 3D capabilities are best displayed in games, or when playing video.

The 5MP dual camera found on the back of the Optimus 3D lets you take 3D photos, and records 3D video – which can be uploaded to YouTube’s 3D channel (the videos seen there require glasses if you want to view them on your computer). Unfortunately, the LG Optimus 3D we’ve seen had a bug and couldn’t record 3D video at all. Anyway, do check out the hands-on video below:

Sadly, the LG Optimus 3D will be launched with Android 2.2.1, first in South Korea, then in Europe, and the US. It will receive an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread sometime after launch.

The handset’s price is not known at the moment, but LG pointed out that it will be on par with the prices of other current high-end smartphones.

Alongside the LG Optimus 3D, LG has also showcased the new Optimus Pad V900 tablet at MWC. The Optimus Pad is just the G-Slate, rebranded for non-US markets.

(like the Optimus 3D, the Optimus Pad features a dual camera for 3D recording)

Since it has an 8.9 inch, 1280 x 768 pixels display, the Optimus Pad is not a tablet that you’ll want to handle with just one hand. It obviously runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the UI felt quite snappy, no lags or anything like that.

The new tablet should be released in Europe starting the next few months. No word on pricing or carrier availability just yet.

Author: Florin

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