LG Optimus 3D Android phone (preview)

LG Optimus 3D preview: The LG Optimus 3D Android phone offers 3D viewing without glasses, and also records 3D video

LG has unveiled the world's first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D, which is described by the company as its "most advanced smartphone to date."

Read our reviews of other top LG phones, and check out our guide to the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

The LG Optimus 3D has a 4.3in glasses-free LCD display for 3D viewing. The screen technology uses a series of slits on the front of the LCD screen that block light so that users' left and right eyes see different images, creating a 3D effect.

The LG Optimus 3D Android phone also comes with a dual-lens camera for 3D video recording. This means you can film 3D videos using the dual-lens camera, and watch them on a 3D-capable, high-definition television. The Optimus 3D has HDMI connectivity and DLNA for sharing 3D content. LG has also partnered with YouTube to make it easier for users to capture 3D images and video, and upload these directly to the Internet using a special 3D version of the YouTube application.

The LG Optimus 3D is powered by a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor, has 512MB of RAM and comes with 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot for extra storage. The LG Optimus 3D runs the 2.2 Froyo version version of Google's Android operating system, but LG has stated the phone will soon be upgradeable to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread version.

The Optimus 3D follows the launch of the original LG Optimus, the LG Optimus One, and the LG Optimus 2X; the latter being the first smartphone to run a dual-core processor for enhanced multimedia, gaming and Web browsing. In a busy year, LG is also set to launch the Optimus Black Android phone in Australia in the first half of 2011.

Optus will sell the LG Optimus 3D from "early July" for $0 on its $59 cap plan over 24 months, or $799 outright. The plan includes $750 worth of calls, unlimited SMS, 2GB of data and unlimited access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, eBay and Foursquare within Australia. The LG Optimus 3D will be exclusive for Optus for at least four weeks, but LG says that period is likely to extend.

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