LG unveils Optimus 3D phone and Optimus Pad slate

Summary:The Optimus smartphone and tablet have made their debuts at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with both able to record and play back 3D video

LG has presented two Android devices — the Optimus 3D smartphone and Optimus Pad tablet — that both record and play back 3D video.

LG Optimus 3D

LG has unveiled its Optimus 3D smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photo credit: Rich Trenholm/CNET UK

Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, the devices take advantage of the recent trend for 3D entertainment and give LG a selling point not offered by any of its many Android device-making competitors.

Both devices have dual-core processors and feature twin 5-megapixel cameras on their rear, making it possible to shoot 3D video. However, the Optimus 3D smartphone's name is a nod to its "dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory" nature, European marketing director Daniel Hernandez said at the launch.

The Optimus 3D has a 4.3-inch screen, while the Optimus Pad has an 8.9-inch screen. According to Hernandez, the tablet's display dimensions mean it is small enough to hold in one hand, while still big enough to provide a sizeable amount of viewing space.

In addition, the Optimus Pad weighs 630g, making it relatively light for its screen size. It has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for high-definition videoconferencing.

The smartphone will launch on Android 2.2, but the tablet will use Google's Honeycomb variant, Android 3.0.

The Optimus 3D will be available in Europe from May, while the tablet will appear in April. Prices have not yet been announced.


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Topics: MWC, Mobility, Smartphones

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