Everyone loves new technology, and first-ever greatness. The Evo 3-D 4G mobile handset was the first mobile smartphone to offer the ability to view 3-D content without the need for special glasses or other hardware. And for a couple of months it remained the only smartphone, and one of only two mobile devices, the Nintendo 3DS being the other, to deliver effectively on the promise of 3-D glasses free viewing. Now, AT&T’s new 3-D handset joins this exclusively small group of such capable devices.
The LG Thrill is offered on the AT&T 4G network at a retail price of $99 with new two-year activation. Matching the HTC 3-D Evo 4G handset in screen size while offering a lower retail price, LG and AT&T hope to steal market share from the Sprint HTC 3-D Evo phone. In many ways, the two handsets are very similar. They both employ duel rear facing cameras to capture content for processing in three dimensions, and they both offer Android’s 2.2 Froyo operating system out-of-the-box, with a free over the air upgrade in the future.
The stereoscopic 3-D imaging software required employs a 3-D hardware graphics accelerator and aforementioned dual five megapixel cameras. Three-dimensional recording can be obtained by simply taking simultaneous images wor video from two separate angles. 3-D software can then guess what a 3-D image would look like. This is the same system used by HTC for their Evo 4G 3-D handset, and is employed here as well with the LG Thrill 4G.
A Texas Instruments OMAP dual core processor at 1.0 GHz with 512 MB of RAM memory and 3-D software engine process the LG Thrill user’s requests, and those dual five megapixel cameras can record in true 1080p 2D high definition or 720p 3-D resolution. LED flash and autofocus features are also on board the LG Thrill 4G, and 3-D still shots as well as video recording can be taken.
Physically, the LG Thrill 4G is approximately 50% heavier than the average 4G smartphone, at 5.9 ounces, and is 5.07 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches in size. The familiar rectangular black slab form is employed by LG, and the Android operating system gives full support of Adobe’s Flash media player.
A microUSB port offers multiple device interfacing and connectivity options, and a microSD slot allows for future storage upgrades. The LG Thrill 4G handset is also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi accessible, and offers video out relay to a large screen HDTV or monitor via the HDMI out port. The Thrill has debuted on AT&T at an affordable $99 and at Amazon for $29.