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LG Optimus 3D: First 3D smartphone to arrive exclusive to Carphone Warehouse

The Optimus 3D, the first phone to arrive in the UK with a glasses-free 3D screen, has been given (yet another) release date, this time it’s 7 July 2011.

It’ll be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse on launch, with nothing to pay up-front on contracts starting at £35 per month.

Carphone Warehouse’s Chief Commercial Officer, Graham Stapleton, said: “It’s safe to say that 3D technology is growing, with more events and entertainment being screened in 3D than ever. The LG Optimus 3D features some ground breaking technology and we’re proud to be able to offer the world’s first 3D smartphone exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy.

“It is a remarkable piece of technology and I’m confident that our customers will be as impressed and excited as we are.”

The Optimus 3D has a 1GHz dual-core processor, and is capable of recording in 3D thanks to a pair of five megapixel lenses stuck on the back. Switching between 3D and 2D is easy with a dedicated button on the side of the handset. Expect 8GB of internal storage (plus additional space on a microSD card) and a 4.3-inch NOVA display that promises to use 50% less power than normal LCD screens.

The jury is out on whether people are looking to buy into 3D, especially on portable devices, which the Nintendo 3DS receiving a so-far lukewarm reception following its launch.

We expect to see a HTC offering to rival the Optimus 3D’s no-glasses screen soon, with rumours of a Vodafone exclusive on launch. Nothing is official just yet, but the HTC Evo 3D in the US looks like a combination betweeen the HTC Sensation and the glasses-free 3D technology found in the Optimus 3D.

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