The LG Thrill 3-D 4G smartphone was released recently exclusively on the AT&T mobile broadband network for a retail price of $19 with a two-year activation. Known as the Optimus 3-D overseas, this is the second handset to deliver glasses free 3-D viewing to a mobile phone. A technical review of the LG Thrill is located below.
The display offered on the LG Thrill 3-D 4G Android smartphone is a TFT capacitive touch screen which supports multitouch gestures and offers 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The size is very similar to many smartphones, at 4.3 inches, and 16 million color support is present. 3-D viewing without the need for extraneous glasses or other 3-D hardware is offered thanks to the 3-D processor and sensor built into the display, and proximity and light sensors are also integrated into the screen.
Physically, the LG Thrill employs the typical black slab smartphone form, and measures 5.07 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches (128.8 x 68 x 11.9 mm), just about average for a 4G smartphone. The extra hardware required for 3-D representation does add a little weight to this handset, and at 5.93 ounces (168 g) it is a little heavier than the 4.4 ounce average 4G smartphone. On the rear of the handset are the dual five megapixel video cameras which provide 1080P 2-D recordings and 720P 3-D video. A 3.5 mm headset jack, microUSB port, microSD slot and HDMI port are built into the handset. The familiar four Android menu buttons are located beneath the display.
Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo operating system is present out-of-the-box, and an over the air upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3 has been announced. LG chose a dual core Texas Instruments 1.0 GHz OMAP4 processing chip set with 512 MB of RAM memory and 3-D graphics hardware accelerator as their software set. HTML web browsing is supported, as is full access to Adobe’s Flash media player. MySpace, Facebook and Twitter software applications are preloaded.
As mentioned above, twin five megapixel camcorders record simultaneous views in video or still picture format, which they pass along to the 3-D processor. This processor then uses stereoscopic technology to deliver a 3-D image or video.