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LG Optimus 3D Now Available On Preoder

The LG Optimus 3D has gone on Preorder at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy as from yesterday with an official launch in the UK on the 7th of July.

Both companies have been given the exclusive dealership for the phone, the world's first 3D smartphone, which will be available on a two year contract from as little as £35 per month. The Optimus 3D will also be available SIM-free from £499.95.

The phone runs (opens in new tab) on Android 2.2. Froyo and will be upgraded to v2.3 Gingerbread later this year. Like the Nintendo 3DS, it uses a glassless Sharp-manufactured 3D stereoscopic display, a 4-inch screen with a 480x800 pixel resolution.

Other features include a dual core TI OMAP4430 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, two five-megapixel rear cameras and a front facing one, HDMI port, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a microSD card reader.

Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse, said in a statement "It is a remarkable piece of technology and I'm confident that our customers will be as impressed and excited as we are." Other online retailers have postponed the launch of the Optimus 3D to around mid-July.

The Optimus 3D doesn't have any rivals per se but will be pitted against the lower-priced LG Optimus 2X, the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Motorola Atrix, the HTC Sensation and the iPhone 4/5.

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.