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Hands-on: LG Optimus 4X HD & LG Optimus 3D Max

By Wong Casandra - 28 Feb 2012

Hands-on: LG Optimus 4X HD & LG Optimus 3D Max

Hands-on: LG Optimus 4X HD & LG Optimus 3D Max 

At this year's MWC event, LG came armed with an arsenal of products, all varied in their nature and target group. There's the Optimus Vu, a 5-inch 4:3 ratio smartphone device, the L-Style series for the fashionistas, and there's the LG Optimus 4X and LG Optimus 3D Max for those looking for cutting edge technology. The former is pretty noteworthy as it is the Tegra 3 quad-core smartphone from LG. 

On the other hand, the LG Optimus 3D Max takes a slight departure from LG's previous 3D-enabled phone, the LG Optimus 3D, with a couple of improvements thrown in. Superficially, the new Android 2.3 phone feels lighter and less bulkier than its predecessor. Other upgraded goodies include HSPA+ 21Mbps, and NFC connectivity / LG Tag+ features. 

LG Optimus 4X HD

LG Optimus 4X HD 

  Key highlights of the LG Optimus 4X HD 

  • Android 4.0
  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS touchscreen / 1280 x720 pixels
  • 1.5GHz NVIDIA quad-core processor 
  • 1 GB RAM / 16GB Internal memory 
  • 8-megapixel camera / LED flash / Auto-focus 
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2150 mAh battery
  • 8.9mm thickness


The 4.7-inch Full HD IPS screen is extremely clear with good color reproduction and brightness. LG's customized UI (some might recognize elements of it) showcases itself in the dock.

The silver accent around the phone adds a touch of class to its build. Following in the steps of most smartphones these days, LG has done away with physical buttons in favor of touch controls. The profile of the phone is extremely slim at 8.9mm despite a heavyweight 2150mAh battery.

The plastic volume buttons are pretty indistinguishable here. We found it slightly too flat for our liking but it's a small flaw in an otherwise functional phone.

The plastic textured back keeps the phone safe from unwanted fingerprints and   allows for a good grip. Noticeable above the LG logo is its 8-megapixel camera and LED flash.

Yes, the LG Optimus 4X HD (or LG P880) runs on the latest Android 4.0 build.

On tapping the plus sign on the right hand side of the home page, users will be able to easily add widgets, downloads, apps or change wallpapers without having to go to apps/widget page. Simply choose your page by swiping left or reft on the top and drag and drop your selection from the bottom half of the screen.

LG Optimus 3D Max HD 

LG Optimus 3D Max 

  Key highlights of the LG Optimus 3D Max

  • Android 2.3 (Upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS)
  • 4.3-inch WVGA Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.2 dual-core OMAP4430 processor 
  • 1 GB RAM / 8 GB Internal memory 
  • NFC, LG Tag+ / DNLA 
  • 5-megapixel dual lens camera 
  • 1520 mAh battery
  • 9.6mm thickness
  • 148 g
  • Availability: March in Korea

The Optimus 3D takes a leaf out of its Prada by LG 3.0 smartphone in terms of design, showing buttons that are silver-accented.

On its left, there are buttons galore from volume controls, to 3D startup button and a micro-USB port.

The Optimus 3D Max comes with the 3D Game Converter app out-of-the-box, allowing users to convert existing 2D apps to 3D.

Simply add a game by clicking on the plus sign above. To play, click on the cog work symbol next to the game.

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