LG to unveil world’s first 3D smartphone

LG is to unveil the world’s first 3D smartphone at the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona on February 14. The South Korean electronics giant says the Optimus 3D will be “the most advanced smartphone to date”, capable of recording 3D video and taking 3D photos on the go.

“The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue - one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market - with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device,” said LG in a press release. 

The phone will also come with a glasses-free LCD panel for autostereoscopic viewing, which will provide consumers with many ways to share their media through diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA.

LG is hoping to grab market share from Apple, which is expected to launch the iPhone5 within the next few months.

This comes as Nintendo is preparing to launch a 3D version of its DS hand-held console. The 3DS will go on sale in Britain on March 25.

Although LG is taking claim to a world first, both Sharp and Samsung released glasses-free 3D mobiles last year.

Sharp unveiled its glasses-free smartphone Galapagos in Japan market in November 2010 and Samsung unveiled its W960 feature phone in South Korea in May 2010.

However LG claims its 3D mobile offers a “full” experience - one in which users can view content in 3D and can record 3D images and videos thanks to the dual-lens camera.

The LG Optimus is expected to be available in the UK, via contracts with Vodafone and 3, by the summer. It is being pitched as a challenger to iPhone’s dominance of the smartphone market. A new version of the popular Apple device, dubbed the iPhone 5, is expected to be launched within the next few months.

It comes as Nintendo is preparing to launch a 3D version of its popular DS hand-held console. The 3DS will go on sale in Britain on March 25.


(3D gaming on the go with Nintendo 3DS)

South Korean electronics company LG will take the wraps off the Optimus 3D phone at the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona on February 14.

The phone, which is billed as “the most advanced smartphone to date”, will be able to take 3D photos and videos using its dual-lens camera. It will also be possible to view 3D images and play 3D games without wearing special glasses. A separate layer on the screen shows a different image to each eye, producing a 3D effect. “The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue - one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market - with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device,” LG said.

Mobile World Congress Barcelona – a digital paradise

To coincide with Mobile World Congress taking place 14-17 February City.Mobi has launched its mobile guide to Barcelona, Barcelona.City.Mobi.

City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

Key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport. City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.


(Miss World contenders found city.mobi invaluable at Fifa 2010 in Johanessburg)

Barcelona.City.Mobi also offers click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers. Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.