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LG Optimus 3D Smartphone Delayed Till July

Now that the iPhone 5 hasn't been launched at WWDC, manufacturers seem to be a bit less inclined to launch their latest smartphone, especially when they might be competing with existing flagship models.

This might explain why the LG Optimus 3D hasn't been rolled out yet despite being revealed back in February 2011 at MWC and originally scheduled to appear at phone retailers by the end of April; the introduction has since been pushed back to June and now to the second week of July.

LG did not say why the debut of the Optimus 3D has been postponed. Both Expansys and Amazon which had listed the Optimus 3D on their websites now say that even the July launch date is by no means set in stone.

We noted back in May that the price of the Optimus 2X fell to £330 at Play.com (it has since risen to £370) while the cheapest LG Optimus 3D can be had for around £430.

The two handsets are quite different though; the Optimus 3D has a bigger 4.3-inch 3D capable screen with two five megapixel cameras for 3D content capture and different SoCs (TI OMAP4 vs Nvidia Tegra 2).

Both however run Android 2.2 rather than Gingerbread, have only 512MB RAM and 8GB onboard storage which puts them behind the newer crop of Gingerbread-powered Android handsets like the Motorola Atrix or the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.