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LG Launching Optimus 3D Max at MWC 2012

LG is bringing out the big guns for MWC 2012, as the company has announced yet another smartphone making a debut next week. Called the LG Optimus 3D Max, the gadget promises more than just the frills of glasses-free 3D technology, offering plenty of beefy features like LG Tag+ and HSPA+ 21 Mbps to make it one of the most sought-after smartphones this year.

"The Optimus 3D Max was born from LG’s constant efforts to bring user entertainment experience to a higher level," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The introduction of the Optimus 3D last year ushered in a new era for smartphones and Optimus 3D Max is real proof of LG’s commitment to portable 3D entertainment."

LG's new phone consists of a 4.3-inch 3D WVGA display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 SoC, and 1 GB of RAM. Other hardware features include 8 GB of internal storage, a 5MP dual-lens camera, a 1,520 mAh battery, HSPA+ 21 Mbps, an HDMI connection 2D/3D TV/monitor up to 1080p via a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), DNLA support (3D video also supported), NFC Full Support, and LG Tag+.

As reported earlier, the LG Tag+ feature uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to communicate with special stickers or "tags" that can be programmed to automatically change the phone’s settings. As an example, owners swiping a tag upon entering the office could put the Optimus 3D Max in silent mode and activate Wi-Fi.

LG said on Wednesday that the Optimus 3D Max also provides improved 2D-3D compatibility over its previous glasses-free 3D smartphone released last year.

"Users can convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views into 3D using the enhanced 3D Converter," the company said on Wednesday. "Furthermore, 3D photos and videos captured by the Optimus 3D Max can also be viewed in a single-screen mode in 2D, using the 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone to easily toggle between 2D and 3D. LG also plans to continue expanding video contents, applications and games optimized for the 3D Converter available from the 3D Zone at LG SmartWorld."

The Optimus 3D Max will first launch in Korea in March and will gradually roll out in other markets starting in Europe. The device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from Android 2.3 Gingerbread shortly after the launch.