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Phones you were crazy about in its day: LG Optimus 3D

26 mayo, 2021

We keep rescuing from the trunk of memories Android phones that stood out in their time whether it was for having an unusual design or some revolutionary function for the time. Today is the turn of the LG Optimus 3D, presented in its time as the first full 3D mobile (screen and camera).

We will remember today this terminal launched in 2011 and that it had 3D on all four sides. In the back, materialized in its camera with two lenses to take photos and videos in 3D. On the front, on your screen capable of showing 3D content without glasses.

LG Optimus 3D Specifications

LG Optimus 3D


4.3 “capacitive 3D

Dimensions and weight

128 x 68.8 x 11.9mm, 168g.


TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core 1.0 GHz


512 MB


8 GB + microSD


Front: 0.3 MP

Rear: 5 MP + 5 MP

Operating system

Android 2.2 Froyo


1,500 mAh


Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI connector, 3D recording

The specifications above are sure not to dazzle you much, with details like those 512MB of RAM as opposed to the 10GB of RAM you can find today, but let’s put them in perspective. We are talking about July 2011, more or less at the same time as the then top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy SII.

Okay, the Samsung Galaxy SII had 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, double what we see in this LG Optimus 3D, but this one had something that Samsung has not yet included in any of its Android phones: a 3D screen without glasses, Nintendo 3DS style.

3D functions take their toll on the weight and thickness of the terminal

Who wants special functions, something costs him. We saw it on the Samsung Galaxy Beam, and we see it again on the LG Optimus 3D. This three-dimensionality takes its toll on the thickness and weight of the terminal, high even for its time, as well as in the battery, which is only 1,500 mAh.

What was special about it?

Obviously the selling point for this LG Optimus 3D was its 3D capabilities. The two main lenses could be combined to take 3D photos, or stereograms. You could also record 3D video at a maximum resolution of 3 MP.

Without wishing to detract from it, it is true that we cannot crown the LG Optimus 3D as the first Android phone to take 3D photos because the HTC EVO 3D Despite being announced later, it ended up being put on sale earlier: we left it in a moral tie. Outside of Android, several Sharp and Samsung models entered the 3D world, but the vast majority of them only on their screen and not also on their camera.

Phones you were crazy about in its day: Samsung Galaxy Beam

The screen had Parallax Barrier technology (or parallax barrier) to show different images to each eye (from a certain angle of vision) and thus produce the image effect 3D without wearing glasses. This 3D mode could be activated and deactivated with a button, although we have no way to show it to you in photo or video.

The Android interface itself integrated several elements in 3D navigation, including the image gallery, so that three-dimensionality was not limited to photos and videos. And no matter how good it is to watch 3D content on your mobile, at least it was not trapped there: you could connect it to a 3D television using the HDMI connector.


In summary, what was special about the LG Optimus 3D is clearly specified in its name, the 3D. Billed as the “first fully 3D phone” to include both a screen and a 3D camera, the newspaper library may not quite agree with this statement. In any case, he is one of the first to take 3D seriously.

Is there such a thing today?

This stereoscopic 3D had its moment of glory in the days of the Nintendo 3DS but as you probably know, it is not present in practically any current phone. After LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D, Sharp, ZOPO and other manufacturers launched several models in Japan and China with similar technology during 2012 and 2013.

After the LG Optimus 3D there were several 3D mobiles, although most stayed in China or India

After a hiatus in interest during 2014, mobiles with a 3D screen had a certain rebound in 2015 with models such as the mPhone 9Plus, Takee 1 or Cleyyo. What, they don’t sound like anything to you? I am not surprised, since they did not leave India, China and Mauritius respectively. The last Android mobile to dare to date is the IQ Haylett 3D in 2017, with Android 5.1, somewhat suspicious-looking.

Iqha IQ Haylett, from 2017, the latest Android phone with 3D display so far

Although almost all mobile phones today include a dual-lens rear camera, these are mostly used for the coveted portrait mode instead of to take 3D photos. This is somewhat understandable considering that the 3D phenomenon has deflated in recent years. And without 3D TVs, where do you see the photos you’ve taken with your 3D mobile?

3D is not what they promised us and companies are waking us up from what was nothing more than a dream

In a way, the 3D of the LG Optimus 3D and family was still a gimmick or a marketing gimmick with little real utility, but for now no one else dares to follow that path except the mysterious RED Hydrogen One, the “holographic” phone that should be released sometime during the year with a functioning 3D display yet to be determined.

Redh RED Hydrogen One, the resurgence of the 3D mobile?

The gimmick of 3D will return seven years later to everyone’s mouth with the RED Hydrogen One, if in the end it is not a pile of smoke as some suspect, and we can only ask: Will it be the beginning of a new era of 3D on our phones?