3D Smartphone to Be Demonstrated At Mobile World Congress

LG will unveil the glasses-free LG Optimus 3D smartphone Feb. 14 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

In a statement, LG called the device the "world's first full 3D smartphone" offering a "one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device."

The phone will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, and the glasses-free 3D viewing will be over an LCD panel. HDMI output and DLNA video streaming will be supported.

Being able to record 3D content "addresses the lack of 3D content issue -- one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market," LG noted.

Analysts said 3D televisions haven't done as well as manufacturers had hoped, partly because of the cost of special viewing glasses. Even without the need for glasses, analysts are cautious about the chances for success for a 3D smartphone.

Live demos of the device at the MWC are set for Feb. 14-17.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

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