It was a big week this week with MWC being held at Barcelona with many companies announcing their latest and greatest mobile devices. Most devices has specs that were somwhat expected with upgraded screen sizes, processing power etc.
But to me, one device stood out from the rest. LG Optimus 3D.
This Android 2.3 gingerbread phone had some feaures no other companies had anything close to. Glass-free 3D capable 4.3″ LCD and a dual-lense 3D camera that can record up to 720. (1080p in 2D) It also didn’t skimp on the rest of the specs with a dual-core OMAP4 4430 with a faster clocked SGX540. Anandtech benchmarked it against the other big guns from Motorola, Samsung etc and Optimus 3D came out on top.
UPDATE: Pre-order price at UK onlie store clove.co.uk is 429 GBP pre-VAT. Expected release date is mid-April.
Anandtech Optimus 3D benchmark article
Official LG Promotion video
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GSMArena shows the 3D effect even through a low-res youtube video
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Mobileburn got a nice overview of the phone from an LG employee
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Those videos alone are enough for me to drool over. I want it now!
SPB has announced their next generation 3D graphical user interface for mobile phones called SBP Shell 5.0.
Here are some key features about this new version:
- The first complete 3D mobile phone interface, offering an extremely fast and natural user experience. User interactions become much more intuitive in a real 3D environment.
- Single place to access all smartphone features: combining traditional widget based homescreen and application launcher via stunning 3D homescreen.
- Fast switching between screens with a single gesture.
- Supports almost any mobile operating system by means of a platform adaption layer. It currently offers support for Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile and is porting for more.
- The first mobile UI where widgets have been implemented correctly, enabling users to convert any icon to a widget in just one click.
They say it supports most mobile OS platforms including Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile.
No mention of ETA from what I can see but I would expect to see more of it not too long in the future.
See the official video below and be amazed:
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Okay. Samsung Glaxy S (aka i9000) is one of the most sought after upcoming Android device out there right now. Amazing 4″ Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz Cortex A8 ARM cpu, 512MB RAM, native dvix/xvid video playback support, 720p HD video recording and playback, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support to name a few.
One thing it was said to be missing was the native Adobe flash support in the web browser. Even recent reviews posted at various websites of this device confirmed that it was using Android 2.1 Eclair and it didn’t have flash support in the browser.
However, something must have changed as the official website for the Samsung Galaxy S tells you different. See below screenshot that I took today. (To see it yourself, just scroll to around 7:18pm in the flash applet on their site and view the Internet Browser box)
I can only expect this to be Adobe Flash Lite support and not the full fledged Flash 10.1 support that is available in the Android 2.2 Froyo version. Nonetheless, this is good news as Froyo update will be months away most likely and some flash site support is better than none.
Words have been flying about that it will be released in UK at June 15th through Vodafone and late July for US thtough T-Mobile.