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LG Announces the Optimus 3D Max, Another 3D Phone That No One Will Buy


I know that sounds harsh, but why is LG still trying to sell 3D phones to the world? The HTC EVO 3D was by all means a flop, the original LG 3D phone dubbed the Thrill failed to impress anyone, and hell, even 3D TVs are looked at as being a joke for the most part yet here they are again in 2012 with another attempt. The LG Optimus 3D Max has been announced and will be available in Korea by March with rollout to the rest of the world happening some time thereafter.

The phone sports a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP4430 processor (same as the RAZR), 4.3″ WVGA 3D display, 1GB of RAM, 8 GB internal storage, 5MP dual lens camera on the back, NFC, and a 1520mAh battery. It’s HSPA+, so Verizon kiddies, you won’t ever have to deal with this one.

On the 3D side of things, this phone boasts a brighter screen than its predecessor. It can also convert content to 3D (like Google Earth), is 9.6mm thick, and weighs very little. Nothing to blow your mind there.

Can you see yourself getting excited about 3D tech in a phone this year? I know that last year almost none of you were interested. Have your thoughts changed?

Full press release.

  • PowerofPicture

    I’d be interested in a 3-D phone if each camera was actually decent and the viewing angle was better.    The content is certainly out there and growing but the image quality should be on par with single lense phones.

  • 3DTVs are beautiful, I love them. I buy 3D Blu-ray discs. But the problem is… a phone is not a display for watching movies, it’s a tool, and it’s a tool that by-and-large doesn’t support 3D. Why buy a device where there’s a couple apps in 3D, a couple apps in a fake 3D, and 95% of it isn’t 3D.

    • MicroNix

       Um, for the 3-D video recording?  I personally think that would be cool but there must be something about it that is not?

    • TC Infantino

      Speak for yourself about not watching movies on the phone, I watch netflix and movies rented from the android market on my Rezound.  You are right about the phone being a tool, and one thing that phone does is record 3D video. 

  • JaeLim

    This is why Sammy is basically monopolizing in S.Korea, because their 2nd biggest company and supposed Samsung rivals hire bunch of retards.

  • cooksta32676

    i just saw rumors online today that the iPhone 5 will be 3d. If this happens, everybody will start making and selling 3d phones like wildfire. And Apple will sue Android manufacturers for making them before Apple…

  • MrEnglish

    That’s great, but will it make clear and stable phone calls?

  • That’s disappointing to hear since I’m now a huge fan of LG’s phones but it wouldn’t hurt if we actually have a 3D phone. That’d be amazing.

  • Michael Forte

    LG doesn’t have a clue. First they make a 5 inch phone that is way too wide with its 4:3 resolution, and now they think people still want 3D phones. 3D is such a gimmick.

  • Jason Purp

    “It’s HSPA+, so Verizon kiddies, you won’t ever have to deal with this one.”

    So why is it on Droid-Life

    • Slapi


    • EC8CH

      we enjoy a good laugh

    • This site covers everything Android, not just Verizon stuff.  But it’s nice to know that at least one person realizes that the “Droid” name is Verizon only.

      • Jason Purp

         Android-Life is supposed to cover phones that Verizon will not have.

        • We just wanted to trash on 3D one more time. 😛

          • Josh Groff

            Who doesn’t. 😉

          • Loki

            Maybe they need to sell some 3-D phones in order to fund their R&D to make better 3D phones for in the future.
            And what ever happened to George Lucas, in 2005 He was going to dump a lot of money into R&D for Hologram Technology.

          • Josh Groff

            3D is a great concept, but I think putting it in phones is a little much.

          • cizzlen

            And for that, I thank you. 

      • Felis

         but isn’t that was an.droid-life was meant for?  The rest of the World of Android?

        I’m going to ignore, for a brief moment, that The GNex has pretty much infiltrated d-l.

      • evltwn

        This site was originally just all about the Droid line.  Then Kellen decided to make it all Android phones released on Verizon and started a 2nd website called An.Droid-life.com.  That site was for all other Android phones on the other carriers.  Soon that site was ignored.  They went like 6 months without a new posting.  Then it came back to life and they were updating new posts everyday.  But lately we have been seeing lots of posts here on this site that have nothing to do with VZW phones.  Jason’s question is a valid one.  Why aren’t we seeing this post over on An.Droid-life?  Before you blast me that this is Kellens site, and he can post what he wants.  He started An.Droid-life just for news like this. 

        • blood

          who the f. is kellen?

          • evltwn

            the person who owns and runs this site…have you never watched one of the videos posted here?

        • Honk

          They should just merge them.

      • kretz7

        Other than an occasional post, what have you seen on this site not related to VZW or the Droid line? So Jason’s question is valid and your point is moot.

  • ddevito

    LG = Lots of Garbage

  • jb

    I ended up with my 3D TV not because it was 3D, but because of the other specs – the 3D was an undesired bonus.  Then, I got it home and tested it out and I was VERY impressed!
    3D on a phone however… I don’t see that going anywhere.

  • Still not interested. Unless it’s done really really well (from a production standpoint) a la Avatar, 3D just gives me a headache. 

  • Slapi

    See FAIL in 3D

  • r0lct

    Having 3D isn’t the problem.  It’s paying extra for it or having other specs sacrificed for it.  I wouldn’t not buy a 3D TV, I just wouldn’t pay a premium over a non-3D unit.  With this specs it would need to be <=$150 at launch to even get a second look.

  • Michael_NM

    3D Imax good. 3D phone bad.

  • Dissapointed companies still waste resources on things like this….especially LG

  • Droidzilla

    3D phones: a solution looking for a problem.

    • EC8CH

      I’m holding out for 4D

      • Droidzilla

        Since this takes 3D video, and the 4th dimension is time, this is technically a 4D phone. LG, go market that.

        • Jason Purp

           Which dimension is feeling? Because I’m 80% sure that you can’t feel textures on the screen.

          Although they are making screens like that.

          • Droidzilla

            Feeling is a physical sensory perception wherein one can detect various things, including 3/4D forms. But I think LG should also make a phone that has different tactile sensations and call it a 5D phone. Marketing is king.

          • Jason Purp

             Shut up. You’re king.