The LG Thrill 4G was the first smartphone to be announced with the ability to offer 3-D viewing without the need for 3-D glasses or extra hardware. And while Sprint and LG did beat all other smartphone manufacturers by making the first-ever glasses free 3-D announcement, HTC was the first to deliver on that promise by actually getting a physical product to market. The HTC Evo 3-D arrived just before the LG Thrill 4G made its debut on the Sprint 4G WiMAX network. However, the LG Thrill 4G is the first in a couple of categories. It is the first dual core and dual channel 4G smartphone to be released, and is the first US version of the LG Optimus 3-D, the glasses free 3-D handset so popular in Europe and Asia.
Several phones have been released since the beginning of the year with dual core processors. The LG Thrill 4G actually adds dual channels, meaning that the dual core processor isn’t handling requests faster than the handset can perform and relay them. The processor involved is a Texas Instruments dual core 1.0 GHz OMAP4 chip, and joins 512 MB of RAM memory in the LG Thrill 4G.
The LG Thrill 4G measures 5.07 x 2.68 x 0.47 inches (128.8 x 68 x 11.9 mm), and weighs 5.93 oz (168 g), slightly heavier than the 4.3 ounce 4G smartphone average, but average in overall size. The display on board is a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 3-D processor, light sensor and proximity sensor built into the screen. 480 x 800 pixel resolution is offered, as is support for 16 million colors and multitouch gestures. 8 GB of storage space is built in, and the Thrill 4G owner can upgrade that to 32 GB by way of the microSD slot. Buy the LG Thrill 4G smartphone starting at only $9.99.
The LG Thrill 4G 3-D handset employs dual rear facing five megapixel cameras to stereoscopically capture images and video that is then sent to the 3-D processor for viewing without the need for 3-D glasses. When recording in two dimensions, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (1080p HD) at 30 frames per second is delivered, and when recording in 3-D, 1280 x 720 (720p HD) pixel resolution at 24 frames per second is offered. An FM radio is built in, a YouTube player is pre-installed, and the onboard audio and video players support all major file formats. Social applications Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are also on board. Learn more in our detailed LG Thrill Review.