LG has launched in Korea what seems to be their first 3D-capable laptop, the LG Xnote A530, and the laptop is expected to be also available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa later this month followed by other markets soon after (no work on North American availability yet). LG A530 is a 15.6-inch laptop that uses the company’s Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology for providing a 3D display capabilities in the device and this is essentially a passive 3D display that requires you to wear a pair of passive polarized glasses to see the 3D effect. So far nothing we haven’t seen from other companies, however LG is going a step further by adding a built-in 3D webcamera as well that consists of essentially two normal 2D webcams that seem to be about 2 centimeters apart (less than an inch). Having a 3D webcamera on your laptop may seem like a cool idea at first, but it is something that is still not very usable as most video conversation software solutions still don’t support 3D video. So maybe you can be stuck at using it only for anaglyph 3D mode if supported, as this can also be easy for the person sitting on the other side to see you in 3D if he does not have a dedicated 3D-capable display. Although there is yet again integration with YouTube’s 3D support, so you will be easily able to upload 3D videos of you record with the 3D webcam, another thing that does not seem way too practical like having a 3D camera on a smartphone for example.
It is also interesting to note that on the official pres photo from LG there is the LG 3D Space software displayed, something that you may be familiar with if you’ve seen the company’s LG Optimus 3D smartphone, so this 3D interface should be giving you similar features to that found on the 3D phone. The 3D video and photo playback, as well as the ability to play games in stereoscopic 3D mode are apparently provided by DDD’s TriDef 3D software which LG also uses for their other passive 3D displays. There also seems to be a Blu-ray 3D video player and something that makes me a bit curious, a 3D Presentation mode that uses unknown for the moment software. The 15.6-inch display is apparently with Full HD 1920×1080 resolution that turns to half vertical (1920×540) per eye of that when you activate the 3D mode due to the way all of the passive 3D displays work. The LG A530 is using a second-generation Intel Core i7 processors, comes with up to 8GB of system memory, GeForce GT 555M graphics card that should be quite Ok for most not so demanding games even in stereo 3D mode (not fast enough to call this a high-end gaming laptop), a built-in solid-state drive (SSD) together with a traditional HDD drive, integrated fingerprint reader, SRS Wide 3D Sound system, USB 3.0 support, and the 3D webcam already mentioned. We’ll have to wait a bit more and see the first reviews when the laptop comes out in order to have a better understanding of the performance and extra features it will be offering in stereo 3D mode as the currently available information for the upcoming LG A530 laptop is not very detailed.