LG has revealed the Optimus 3G will be available exclusively through Optus early next month, with the phone one of the first to hit Australia offering a full glasses-free 3D experience.
The phone, to be available on Optus’ $59 cap plans for $0 over 24 months, will be made available through both Optus and their ‘retail partners’ across Australia from “early July” with a outright price of $799.
Specifications for the phone include a 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor, 4.3″ touch-capable display, 8GB of in-built memory, two 5MP rear-facing cameras and support for HSPA+ (earlier this morning Telstra announced their first hotspot capable of using the technology).
LG are promoting the phone as being one of ‘firsts’ – it’ll be the first, they claim, to have a dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture and be capable of recording, viewing and sharing 3D content.
While some will likely question the validity of having a smartphone capable of 3D, the novelty aspects not something you’ll find on everyday phones and will certainly discern you from the “crowd” of smartphones populating today’s market.
“Backed by a combination of superb performance and a complete 3D experience, we’re excited about the prospects of the LG Optimus 3D taking the smartphone to a much higher level,” LG’s Nathan Dunn, General Manager for Mobile Communications (Australia) said in a statement today.
“First and foremost, this is a powerful smartphone which has a tremendously well rounded feature set and huge appeal. The Optus Open Network will be the perfect partner for customers looking to get the most out of their mobile experience.”
Footage caught using the phone’s 3D capable camera can be shown on 3D capable displays using an inbuilt HDMI cable connection, and easily uploaded to YouTube’s 3D-only channel.
Like most of LG’s smartphones, the Optimus 3D will run version 2.2 “Froyo” of Android – Google’s mobile operating system – at launch, although the company says an upgrade to the latest edition for smartphones, 3.3 “Gingerbread” will be available “in due course.”
Optus also launched the Optimus Black, a phone from the same LG product range but without the 3D capabilites, last month with Vodafone. Telstra will begin offering the Optimus Black next month.