South Korean manufacturer LG has revealed that it’s working on a successor to the world’s first autostereoscopic smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D (pictured).
Speaking to Pocket-lint, Dr Henry Nho – LG’s “3D Technology Evangelist” – admitted that the original LG Optimus 3D is a bit of a chunker, but suggests the aesthetics will be a major focus in the LG Optimus 3D 2.
"Everyone knows that’s this [LG Optimus 3D] is not the slimmest and sexiest phone on the street. We want to make it a little slimmer," explains Doctor Nho.
"These days, all the phones look the same. They have a huge screen - 4.3-inches is normal these days - and next year they’re moving even larger. And they have a fixed number of touch buttons. They’re the same thickness. They have the same camera. And even the same OS. It’s so boring."
Tell us about it, doc. So how do you go about making a smartphone more unique? Throw in some eye-melting 3D capabilities, of course.
"Next year, all the phones are going to be as thin as, let’s say, 6mm. You throw in 3D, and because of the thickness and stuff, it becomes 7mm. But I bet you 90 per cent of the population won’t know the difference.
"Eventually, we want to make it so that having the 3D won’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be thicker. That’s going to be a differentiating factor that comes for free to the user."
Or perhaps the 3D fad will die a horrible death and you’ll have to think of some other way to make your smartphones stand out.