It has been awhile since the smartphone market has been graced with a 3D-capable device but that will change when LG releases the upcoming LG Optimus 3D Max, its successor to the the Optimus 3D which launched last year.
We were able to go hands-on with the LG Optimus 3D Max at this year’s CTIA conference in New Orleans and while it’s definitely an improvement over its last 3D smartphone, it’s lacking a key component that will likely turn consumers away.
The LG Optimus 3D is more of a refresh than anything as most things are similar to the original Optimus 3D. LG has managed to slim down the design of the device. It has also made it lighter and that’s very evident when you pick it up. Its design checks in at 9.6mm and it weighs in at 148 grams. The design itself is a familiar rectangular shape and while it gets the job done, it’s not going to make your jaw drop.
LG’s Optimus 3D Max also features a 4.3-inch WVGA 3D IPS display which is decent enough but can’t hold its own against some of the more top of the line displays on the market. It has a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor which seemed to handle Android 2.3 Gingerbread well. And, of course, it has dual 5MP rear cameras for use with its 3D capabilities. That’s the same as last year’s device so don’t expect any stark improvement.
Two key things are missing from the LG Optimus 3D Max though.
The first, 4G LTE data connectivity. It would have been nice to have seen LG pair 3D with 4G LTE but it looks like we’re going to have to wait for that. Instead, the device will run on HSPA+ networks which means that T-Mobile here in the U.S. has a pretty clear shot at getting this device.
In addition, the phone doesn’t have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and while LG has said that it will get the update, it’ll still be a tough sell. That’s because most new smartphones are launching with Android 4.0 out of the box.
We’ve also seen how long updates can take.
All in all, the device is solid and will appeal to those that really want 3D capabilities but it will likely be hard to recommend over some of the other Android smartphones that are currently on the market or are in the pipeline for later this year.
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