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LG Officially Announces the Optimus 3D and Optimus Pad Devices In Barcelona

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LG has just officially announced the LG Optimus 3D smartphone and the Optimus Pad tablet. They also mentioned that LG Optimus 2X and the Optimus Black but we already know about those smartphones. Getting back to the Optimus 3D, it sports a 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D WVGA display (world's first), an HDMI output, DLNA support, a dual-core TI OMAP4 1GHz CPU, and the Android OS. The Optimus Pad, on the other hand, is a tablet that sports an 8.9-inch display with an awesome 1,280 x 768 resolution. Other specs include a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset, a 3D camera, and Android "Honeycomb". Full spec sheets should be announced soon. This was just announced briefly so we should be seeing more of all four of these devices at LG's actual event which will be in the very near future. Check out the press release straight from Barcelona below.

Making a Return to the Largest Mobile Event With a Rich Collection of Mobile Devices
Barcelona, Feb. 13, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) returns to Barcelona this year to introduce two new flagship devices at Mobile World Congress: the LG Optimus 3D, a stunning super-smartphone with unparalleled 3D performance, and the LG Optimus Pad, a true Android tablet optimized with Honeycomb OS designed to offer the full viewing experience of a tablet while still being easy to hold with one hand. 

“I`m confident that this year, LG will emerge as a leader in the next generation of smartphone and tablet devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “What you see here today is just the beginning -- we will continue to innovate with products that address consumer needs and deliver benefits that live up to our `Life`s Good` commitment.” 

Aiming to aggressively take a leadership position in the smartphone market in 2011, LG has been earnestly bolstering its premium smartphone line-up, evident by its strong showing at CES last month. There, the company introduced the world`s first dual-core smartphone (LG Optimus 2X), one of the world`s slimmest and brightest smartphones (LG Optimus Black) and the company`s first phone compatible with 4G LTE networks (LG Revolution(TM)). LG products debuting at MWC 2011 build upon this spirit of innovation. Key devices include: 

LG Optimus 3D 
The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture. Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content. In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content. It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display. Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices. 

LG Optimus Pad 
The LG Optimus Pad sets a new standard for tablets by utilizing an 8.9-inch display in a form factor that`s comfortable to use one-handed. With a 15:9 aspect ratio and Full HD 1080p decoding, the LG Optimus Pad offers users an immersive multimedia environment on a 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution widescreen display. The new device sports Honeycomb, Google`s latest platform optimized for tablet devices with an optimized and intuitive PC-like interface for running tablet software. LG`s tablet runs on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor for unmatched performance and power management. In addition, the LG Optimus Pad is the world`s first tablet with a built-in 3D camera, enabling users to capture vivid image and video content to be viewed on a high definition 3D TV or shared on the web via YouTube 3D. 

LG Optimus 2X 
The world`s first smartphone with a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 2X was developed in partnership with graphics processor powerhouse, NVIDIA. The dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Not only does the LG Optimus 2X mean more powerful multimedia features, the Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and multitasks with virtually no screen lag. The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to Full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA-compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience, taking full advantage of the phone‟s HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor. 

LG Optimus Black 
One of the world`s slimmest and lightest Android smartphones, LG Optimus Black is already a hit, having recorded more than two million pre-orders in 20 countries since its introduction at CES. At MWC, a range of special-edition LG Optimus Black handsets will be unveiled featuring designs courtesy of the Keith Haring Foundation. Besides its incredibly slim body, the LG Optimus Black features a 4-inch NOVA display for optimal brightness and readability under any lighting conditions. The crystal-clear display also provides a more natural web browsing experience by displaying truer whites while simultaneously cutting energy consumption by 50 percent compared to conventional LCDs. In addition, the LG Optimus Black includes a collection of smart features designed to improve the user experience, such as Gesture UI, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2MP front-facing camera.

[Android Central]

Thin and Light (and Powerful) Samsung Series 9 Notebook Stops At the FCC

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The incredibly thin Samsung Series 9 notebook has just hit the FCC. This 0.64-inch thin notebook will be packing quite the spec sheet so it could actually give Apple's MacBook Air a run for its money. It's going to feature Intel's new "Sandy Bridge" CPUs along with a 13.3-inch display, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, WiFi / WiMAX support, and Windows 7. If you're interested then check it out at the FCC.

[Wireless Goodness]

AT&T's Samsung Nexus S Hits the FCC, Launching Soon?

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We heard about it a few weeks ago and it looks like the GT-i9020A aka the Samsung-built Nexus S has just been spotted at the FCC. This smartphone should also be hitting various carriers in Canada along with 3G connectivity so it might be their first "Gingerbread" powered Android phone. Not much left to tell you here so check it out at the FCC.

[Wireless Goodness]

Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab II To Be At MWC; Also Working On 4-Inch 3D Display and Cloud-Based Gaming Over LTE

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Engadget has just picked up some big information regarding the future of Samsung. Of course, at MWC, they've confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab II will be at their event. First up is the photo of the Galaxy S II (above), which looks a whole lot like the Infuse 4G smartphone that they announced at CES. This one will feature a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED+ WVGA display, a dual-core 1GHz Exynos CPU, NFC / WiFi a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 support, HSPA+ connectivity, and Android 2.3 with the Touchwiz UI. The thickness for this device is said to be just 8.49mm but at the fattest part it'll be 9.9mm and that'll probably be because the camera will stick out. Click on through for more information!

The website has also mentioned that the Galaxy Tab II will make an appearance. Specs for this one are said to be a 10.1-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, a 1GHz CPU (probably the Exynos / Tegra 2), an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording, possibly 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal storage, and Android "Honeycomb". Thankfully, this tablet will be a Google Experience Device and that means it'll actually be running the stock Android 3.0 UI which is amazing.

Fast forwarding to the future, Samsung is currently working on a 4-inch WVGA 3D display which could be to battle the LG Optimus 3D. Apparently though, Samsung is also working on using your phone as an Internet TV receiver and even a cloud-based gaming device over a 4G (LTE) connection. Sounds pretty sweet; I wonder if they'll tease it at their MWC event.

Update: PocketNow has just scooped up a photo (below) of what they believe to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab II. The only way we can confirm this is to wait until Samsung announced the product very, very soon.

Update: Samsung Hub just got the image below which shows the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab II. These are official photos of girls holding them! Yes, girls. How awesome.


Nokia Also Working On Android Devices For 2012?

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Yes, Eldar Murtazin has just mentioned that his own "sources" have mentioned that Nokia isn't just switching to Windows Phone 7; they're apparently also working on shipping Android devices in 2012. Now, you can't believe everything that comes out of Eldar's mouth so you should definitely be taking this one with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that if this is the case then Nokia better be working on a custom UI right now and they better not make it look like Symbian^3. Check out the tweet here.

[Fone Arena]

HP Veer Hits the FCC, Perfect For North America

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It looks like the recently announced HP Veer has just found its way to the FCC. This was just announced by HP at their event earlier this week and the filing actually doesn't tell us much. The model number for it is P160UNA and this one's good enough for North American UMTS connectivity so maybe we'll be seeing it sold by HP unlocked soon. Check it out at the FCC.