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The LG Optimus Pad Tablet and LG Optimus 3D Smartphone

February 14th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Today LG Electronics officially unveiled their new LG Optimus Pad tablet at a press conference on opening day of Mobile World Congress 2011. The LG Optimus Pad features a 8.9-inch display (15:9 aspect ratio, 1280×768 WXGA resolution) and is powered by Google’s Android 3.0 platform and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor (1 GHz dual-core and GeForce GPU). What is more interesting for us however is the fact that this tablet is the first with a 3D camera (5 megapixel) for both capturing photos and videos in 3D format. But since the tablet does not feature a 3D-capable screen (unless you want to wear anaglyph glasses), you will have to watch the captured 3D content on a 3D HDTV (using the HDMI 1.4 connection of the tablet) or transfer the content to a 3D-capable PC. You will also be able to upload the 3D videos directly to YouTube 3D through a special client on the phone, meaning that the 3D video content on YouTube should boom after the launch of the tablet on the market. The LG Optimus Pad will begin shipping starting in March.

The other new thing today from the company presented at the MWC in Barcelona is the LG Optimus 3D smartphone. This one features a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800 resolution) glasses-free 3D screen (autostereoscopic 3D display) as well as a dual-lens 3D camera (5-megapixel dual-lens camera capable of 1080p recording and playback in 2D and 720p recording and playback in 3D mode) for capturing 3D photos and 3D videos like on the Optimus Pad Tablet. The display will be switchable between 2D and 3D mode at the touch of a physical button, with a dedicated hub for the 3D content as the phone is not a 3D-only device, but the 3D capabilities come in the form of an extra features. The Optimus 3D smartphone is based on a 1 GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments and not on a Tegra 2 like the company’s new tablet. The phone also features an HDMI 1.4 output that will allow you to play stereoscopic 3D content through it on a 3D HDTV for example. The phone will also come with a YouTube 3D client that will allow the users to upload the 3D videos they capture directly on YouTube in 3D format thanks to a partnership between LG and Google. The Android-powered Optimus 3D will be available in the second quarter of 2011.

There is still no official information about the interaxial of the two lenses for the 3D cameras on both devices, but hopefully there will soon be users reporting the distance between the two lenses and we’ll probably start seeing some early reviews for both devices. Feel free to share any additional interesting and useful information you find about these devices in the comments below…

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Will Stereo 3D Support be the Highlight at the Mobile World Congress

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will be taking place next week and this year mobile stereo 3D support for different device such as smartphones and tablets could be the main or among the main topics. The 2011 Mobile World Congress will be held 14-17 February, in Barcelona, Spain. It is an event that brings all the big names in the mobile devices industry in one place, all displaying their cutting-edge products and technology that will define the mobile future. And we expect stereo 3D support to be one of the key topics for the new generation of more powerful smart devices such as smartphones and tablets, but will it turn out to be like this is not yet sure. Most companies are keeping their plans secret up until the very last moment, but there are already some information on what will be announced with information about some 3D-capable products set to make their appearance.

And when talking about personal mobile devices in regards to stereo 3D support, we can safely assume that these will feature autostereoscopic 3D displays that do not require you to wear a pair of glasses to see the depth effect. Of course this does not mean that some less known company will not try to offer you a phone or a tabled with 3D support that will require you to wear glasses, but that doesn’t seem practical at all. And especially considering the fact that you don’t need to so many views for the autostereoscopic display on a mobile device and due to the smaller size in general the overall price of the display should not be much higher than that of a traditional non-3D-capable screen. Of course in order to be able to show stereoscopic 3D content, including playing games in S3D mode, the processor inside the device should be quite capable and powerful in terms of performance. So there should be a lot of interesting products and technologies to see during the MWC and we are most likely going to see a lot of the products shown there later this year also hitting the market.

One of the interesting announcements to expect is the new LG 3D-capable tablet featuring 8.9-inch, 3D capable multi-touch display, and ability to record 3D video. This device will most likely be called LG Optimus Pad in Europe, but for different regions it may as well have another name, especially if available exclusively for specific operator. LG will most likely also announce the LG Optimus 3D smartphone, that will most likely feature an autostereoscopic 3D display and a 3D camera. Nvidia is expected to officially to announce their Tegra 2 3D solution designed to power the next-gen portable devices such as tablets and super phones (as they call the Tegra powered smartphones) that will offer stereo 3D support to the user. But you can surely expect that other big names among the phone and tablet makers will be showing their new 3D-capable products too, not leaving all the fame and glory to LG and Nvidia…

You can get some more information about MWC 2011 at the official event website here…

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