CTIA Hands On Extravaganza: LG Optimus 3D and G2x, HTC Flyer, HD7S, EVO 3D, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9by Anand Lal Shimpi on March 23, 2011 2:31 AM EST
LG Optimus 3D
We actually benchmarked LG's Optimus 3D back at Mobile World Congress last month. We were particularly excited about the Optimus 3D because, prior to the iPad 2, it was the first mobile platform we laid eyes on that had a dual-core Cortex A9 with a dual-channel memory controller. I am of course talking about TI's OMAP 4430 which is at the heart of the Optimus 3D. Back at MWC performance was good, but stability wasn't. Today at CTIA I played with the Optimus 3D a bit more and it looks like things have come along quite nicely since then.
The UI is considerably smoother, there are more features enabled on the phone and stability is far better. Granted we're still talking about a pre-release device so none of this is unexpected.
As the 3D in the name implies, the Optimus 3D will be able to capture and display 3D images/video thanks to two features: 1) a pair of 5MP camera lenses and sensors for capture and 2) a glasses-free (via parallax barrier) 3D display.
I've been hearing that Imagination Technologies' is particularly excited about the Optimus 3D as it is one of the first platforms to use the latest SGX drivers. As we saw in our performance preview from MWC last month, the result is pretty nice:
There's no word on exact availability however I'd expect the Optimus 3D to be at least some months away. Since our time at MWC AT&T has announced that it will be getting the Optimus 3D and calling it the Thrill 4G.
LG Optimus G2x on T-Mobile
Also at LG I ran into the Optimus G2x, the US-bound T-Mobile version of the Optimus 2X we reviewed earlier this year.
Brian already went through a pretty good explanation of the slight differences between the Optimus 2X and the G2x earlier today after the announcement.
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Kaboose - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkLooks like a good selection coming up.
Trefugl - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkIt is a good selection indeed.
I do have a question about the HTC Flyer though. I was always under the impression that was using a pressure sensitive pen digitizer (similar to Wacom tablets) vs just using a "meat-stick" capacitive pen. This was a key feature to me as it brings real pressure sensitive input to a tablet device and could lead the way with Photoshop-like apps.
seanleeforever - Friday, March 25, 2011 - linkcapacitive pen. unless the technology has changed dramatically, this will be a total failure due to 2 reasons:
very low resolution. it is fine to draw circles, but to write words you need to have a digitizer.
you palm cannot touch the surface of the screen. or else it will be registered as another input and mass up the note.
ratbert1 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkNice preview. Not sure about your new nail polish though:)
Azethoth - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkWere you thinking "Harpy Black" or "Zombie Claw Green" instead? I vote black to go with the wrist hardware.
Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkHaha sorry, some of those products we weren't allowed to handle ourselves and thus the PR people at the companies were hand models :)
JarredWalton - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkI'm guessing they've discovered that people like Anand and Brian can find out an awful lot regarding the internal hardware in a few minutes and are a little worried about early benchmarks and such. Or maybe they just don't want Anand running off with their products? ;-)
tigger2u - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkI believe these were "mechanical prototypes" which means that they were non-functioning "dummy" units.
It is interesting to see how quickly Anand & Co. can get benchmarks loaded onto these devices (were the LG Optimus 3D results obtained with LG's blessing? http://goo.gl/EXovr )
I'm hoping they get a little quality time with the EVO 3D to see how well the MSM8660 is fairing in that unit.
Brian Klug - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkWe actually have an MDP8660 with us that we'll be posting some benchmarks from later this week. :)
liem107 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - linkI noticed the info posters only indicate "1 ghz dual core application processor" .
i hope the y will use their exynos instead of tegra2...