Last Updated: April 18th, 2011

Earlier today at MWC, LG officially unveiled its most powerful upcoming smartphone: the Optimus 3D. We've already heard of the Optimus 3D before, and even witnessed both decent and disastrously cheesy ads LG put out ahead of the release, but what we didn't know is that the Optimus 3D would end up being the most powerful smartphone currently on the market.

Not only is the phone powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor (which seems to be just as beefy, if not beefier than Tegra 2), but it's also the world's first dual-channel and dual-memory Android smartphone to aid those 2 cores and squeeze every last bit of juice out of them.

The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture.

Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content.

In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content.

It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display.

Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices.

So, how does the new architecture fare against the competition? Not too shabby, I'd say - according to LG, the Optimus 3D scores a mind-bending 2958 in Quadrant - the highest out of any stock Android setups we've ever seen. Phone Arena took the phone out for a spin at MWC to do a real-world test of their own and got about 2800 points, which is still the largest number to show up on a non-modified device.

Note: I'm using the word stock here to mean non-modified manufacturer-installed software, as opposed to stock AOSP Android.

For comparison, Phone Arena also tested the LG 2x which scored 2700 or so and the Galaxy S II, which got a measly 1950, probably resulting from Samsung's constant woes around using an unoptimized filesystem, which required all kinds of lagfixes in the past (although, if the filesystem is in order, then the S II has other problems we don't know about yet).

In addition to the insane performance, the Optimus 3D's glasses-free 3D playback and recording of 3D videos leave me with just one word: WANT.

Update: AnandTech ran a few tests as well, confirming that Optimus 3D is indeed a monster:

image image image

For the happy ending, LG provided us the following cheery Optimus 3D videos - feast your eyes and pray that your favorite carrier gets it soon:

Source: A&M, Phone Arena, LGMobileHQ

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Chahk

    "dual-channel and dual-memory Android smartphone to aid those 2 cores and squeeze every last bit of juice out of them."

    I wonder if it squeezes the every last bit of juice out of its battery as well.

    • nobody

      Typical response. Typical ignorance. Dual channel doesn't require more power, and even if it did, the ability to use the processor less is a bigger gain. Why do you think we have quad core procs in computers? Because 2.4x4cores requires less power than an 8Ghz core.

      • Westindiesking

        Thank you droppin some knowledge on that sucker! People automatically associate more cores equals more battery consumption. Not the case.

  • Nathan

    wow.... just wow. oh, and want now!

  • DingieM

    Funny the article writer mentions the software problems of Samsung, while the LG 2x has a huge array of software problems.

    Hypocrit article?

  • Topgun

    My MyTouch 4g with CM7 (2.3.2) gets average 2500-2600. Not that much of an upgrade.

    • Coldman

      Did you miss the part where we were comparing stock performance? What does your MyTouch 4G get with the OS it ships?

      Also, you're running Gingerbread while Optimus 3D is currently on Froyo, upgradeable to Gingerbread later.

  • nobody


  • Christopher Cook

    I really hope this comes to T-Mobile. I'm shocked and amazed we're talkin bout stock Android on this device! I'm sold!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Please see my note regarding the use of the word "stock." Here, I meant it as unmodified manufacturer-loaded software rather than AOSP.

  • http://www.gadgethub.info/ Latest Gadget Reviews

    great and very powerful phone

  • h3

    WHEN? WHERE? HOW MUCH? I want it now!!!

  • McParty

    Does anyone know, is the 3D stuff always on? Can you take pictures without 3D? Does using 3D use more Battery power?

  • http://technstuffs.info android techy

    This handset has already been rolled out on the market right? Anyone out there who have tried using it. How's the overall usability? Planning to buy this soon

  • winb87

    got the phone a few days ago its just amazing, it does everything, Period. the only weird thing i noticed is when you take 3d pictures the flash is disabled probably because the picture needs to have precise lighting, sucks for night 3d vids(wanted to take a video of a cat catching a mouse, figures it had to be at night), battery life is not so good. i would be happy with a thinker phone if it lasted twice as long, might just buy an after market battey extension. other then down side every thing is amazing, had like ten apps running in the background, no slowdown. needed to unzip stuff on the phone went to the app store, got an unzip program in like 1 min.

    ps. the internet does need more 3d content

  • Zezetto

    I got the LG Optimus 3D P920 as an early Christmas present and it has proved to be the Best Android phone I have ever used. You can actually Change from 3D to 2D when shooting both still pictures and video. The video quality is just out of this world, crisp and very clear! You have the liberty to choose to watch your 3D content in either 3D or 2D although watching the 3D video in 2D now splits the video in two.

  • Zezetto

    Does the LG Optimus 3D have a built in Radio FM? I have been trying to find the radio since the phone arrived last week but I just can't figure out where it is! The only disappointing thing about the Phone is that when shooting still pictures using 3D the flash doesn't work. But other than that the phone is so amazing!