LG continues its journey into the third dimension, with the Optimus 3D Max and 3D Cube

LG Optimus 3D Max Cube Collection

Make sure to check out our full LG Optimus 3D Max review.

LG has announced two new phones with 3D screens, one for Korea and one for the international market. The devices are essentially exactly the same, but to avoid any confusion we’ll cover them both here so you know which one to look out for come release day.

First out of the gate was the Optimus 3D Cube, which was detailed in a Korean press release, before being followed by the Optimus 3D Max this morning.

The 3D Max will again launch in Korea first, but then make its way out into the world later this year, initially beginning its journey in Europe. The successor to the original Optimus 3D, the 3D Max improves on several features.

It has a 4.3-inch touchscreen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, all covered by a protective layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, which made its debut at CES 2012. Inside the phone is a 1.2Ghz Texas Instruments dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, plus 8GB of internal storage.

Unfortunately, LG has decided to launch the 3D Max with Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, but like many others, promises an update will come “shortly after the launch.”

Glasses-free 3D

LG Optimus 3D Max CubeThe screen provides a glasses-free 3D experience, while the dual-lens 5-megapixel camera can shoot 3D stills and video, plus there’s some clever software available to enable 2D-to-3D conversion of Google Earth and Google Maps.

LG also say the screen is even brighter than before, and that a wide variety of new games, video and applications will be coming to the LG SmartWorld app store’s dedicated 3D Zone, so owners will be able to make the most of the phone’s 3D capabilities.

At 148-grams, it’s not the lightest smartphone available, but is both lighter and thinner — 9.6mm instead of 11.6mm — than the original 168-gram Optimus 3D.

NFC chip and LG Tag+

Aside from the slight bump in processor speed, size and tweaked 3D features, the other difference between the Optimus 3D and the 3D Max is the presence of an NFC chip.

As NFC is still nowhere near mainstream yet, LG has introduced its own system called LG Tag+, where NFC-enabled stickers can be programmed to change your phone’s settings when swiped over. Tags could be left in the office, at home of in the car and relevant phone modes could be automatically selected upon entering.

The Optimus Cube is listed as having exactly the same spec, aside from 16GB of internal memory instead of the 8GB quoted for the 3D Max.

Mobile World Congress will play host to the 3D Max/Cube, along with a variety of other LG devices including the smartphone/tablet hybrid the Optimus Vu. The show begins on 27 February.