Why Has The LG Optimus 3D Smartphone Been Delayed?

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The world's first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D, is now looks set to be released in the UK in June, which seems to make a lot of sense, even if LG has yet to confirm any launch dates.

All it took was for Clove Technology to change the phone's availability date to June for rumours of a potential delay to emerge.

Play, the other online retailer that regularly advertises phones that are "coming soon", is still saying that the LG Optimus 3D will be available on the 25th of April, two days from now.

Yet, 3 Mobile says that it will be coming in June while Orange, O2, Vodafone and T-Mobile have yet to list the phone as "coming soon".

There are at least three reasons why the LG Optimus 3D could have been delayed; firstly, LG would be dumb to launch two top of the range phones, the 2X and the 3D within the same month. Having a bigger gap between the two would help each model sell optimally.

Secondly, the fact that the iPhone 5 looks likely to be delayed till September will allow manufacturers to slow down their upgrade cycle for at least 10 weeks, which means that release dates can be staggered.

The third reason may be linked to hardware or software issues, given that the Optimus 3D uses at least three different components compared to the 2X; the 3D screen, the camera and the system on chip.