updated 04:15 pm EDT, Mon September 5, 2011
LG Optimus 3D successor due in 2012 at 7mm thick
LG, in talks with Pocket-Lint, revealed the successor to its glasses-free smartphone, the Optimus 3D, will be about 7mm thick and probably due out sometime in 2012. LG's Dr. Henry Noh said the focus will be on slimming down the handset but plans on making it stand out from all the other handsets out there which he describes as boring. What the new Optimus 3D will have that others don't is the 3D display, however.
"These days, all the phones look the same. They have a huge screen -- 4.3 inches is normal these days -- and next year they’re moving even larger. And they have a fixed number of touch buttons. They’re the same thickness. They have the same camera. And even the same OS. It’s so boring." Noh said.
He went on to say 2012 will see phones that are possibly as thin as 6mm, with the 3D display adding about a millimeter.
Glasses-free 3D is starting to emerge on other devices, such as the HTC Evo 3D, but it's still considered a rare enough feature that it can be unique. Critics have complained of the lack of 3D content as well as the necessary sacrifices in resolution that come with adding the extra dimension to photos and videos.