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AT&T announces LG Thrill 4G, first glasses-free 3D smartphone in U.S.

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The LG Thrill 4G was announced Tuesday by AT&T as the the first glasses-free 3D smartphone. I made a beeline over to the LG booth to check it out and found the LG Optimus 3D, which as it turns out is the same phone with a different name (nah, that never happens). But don't worry, the Thrill isn't gone.

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The 3D screen on this phone is really quite remarkable for a glasses-free device. Images and video look like those glossy 3D birthday cards I used to get from my grandmother, the ones you can tilt around to see the depth and make the tiger come off the screen at you. I took a quick spin in a MINI Cooper with the Asphalt 6 game in 3D and could see how it would be easy to waste a lot of time playing games with this phone.

And in this format, 3D is pretty cool. I'm not a fan of all the 3D TVs we saw at CES this year and can't imagine watching TV in 3D all or most of the time. But on a phone, if I want to play a game or shoot some 3D video, I can see it. The Thrill not only will show you the 3D experience in apps but it's also a 3D still and video camera, shooting 720p HD 3D video. With all of that, having no glasses for a quality 3D effect is a huge bonus.

AT&T's announcement said we will see the LG Thrill "in the coming months" and no pricing was set. When released it will come with a 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D display, dual 5-megapixel stereoscopic camera, 16GB of preloaded memory (8GB on a microSD card), a dual-core 1GHz processor, HDMI output, DLNA streaming support. It will ship with Android 2.2 and a special marketplace area called "LG 3D Space" will be available for 3G apps and AT&T is advertising direct connectivity to YouTube 3D.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:15am]

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