The LG Thrill has been around for just over a month now, and as you probably know, it is the second mobile handset to offer viewing of 3-D movies and content without the user having to wear those dorky looking and sometimes expensive 3D glasses. The draw for 3D video has always been there, but having to strap into some futuristic headgear or wear those 3-D glasses that look Circa 1970′s has always held 3-D technology behind. Well now that high resolution 3-D graphics and video can be viewed naturally, with no extra accessories, the technology is being embraced.
The LG Thrill 4G 3-D Android smartphone arrived first as the LG Optimus 3-D overseas before being renamed and hitting the AT&T 4G network. Arriving a couple of months after the HTC Evo 3D delivered first-ever 3-D glasses free viewing, the folks at AT&T smartly undercut the price of the EVO 3D, pricing their LG Thrill 4g at an attractive retail of $19 with a two-year activation.
The LG Thrill 4G is exclusive to the AT&T mobile broadband network, and uses what is called Stereoscopic technology to capture and render 3-D visuals. Stereoscopic is defined as pertaining to three dimensional visuals as produced from simultaneous 2-D video or still shots taken of the same object at the same time from two separate vantage points, used to give the illusion of depth by manipulating those two dimension recordings into a 3-D image.
So the recording is only the appearance of a 3-D view, but we were happily surprised with the 3-D quality that the Thrill 4G delivers. Basically, two separate five megapixel cameras facing from the rear of the device record still pictures or video of the subject at the same time. Then these images or recordings are sent to the 3-D graphics hardware accelerator which makes educated guesses as to a 3-D image, filling in the blanks as it were. Buy the LG Thrill 4G 3D smartphone starting at only $19.
And aside from offering glasses free 3-D viewing, the LG Thrill 4G 3-D handset also offers the capability of recording in 3-D at 720P HD resolution, and when recording in two dimensions, offers 1080P HD quality. The 3-D graphics hardware accelerator does require a little more juice than the average processor to render and record the 3-D images. Accordingly, LG employs a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP4 1.0 GHz processing chip set in tandem with 512 MB of RAM memory to power the 3-D technology. Learn more about the 3D features and smartphone functionality that this new device brings to the table in our LG Thrill 4G Review.