LG unveils three Optimus phones

As LG continues to build its Android-powered Optimus brand, the company has revealed three news phones.

At the company’s booth at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Spain are the LG Optimus 3D Max, the LG Optimus Vu, and the LG Optimus 4X HD. Each of these is truly unique and differentiated in the market.

Starting with the 3D Max, it’s one of few devices to stick with the idea that glasses-free 3D phones can work. It’s a trend that hasn’t really caught on, but LG hopes it can be the manufacturer of choice if and when consumers start craving mobile 3D content.

The 4X HD has a massive 4.7-inch display, in a market where smartphone screen sizes are continuing to get bigger and bigger. It also has a massive amount of processing power, handled by 1 GB of RAM and a speed of 1.5 GHz. The Optimus 4X HD also comes with 16 GB of onboard storage, along with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.

And finally there’s the Optimus Vu, an LTE-powered phone that is unique because it has a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of the more popular widescreen 16:10. A 4:3 aspect ratio is an interesting idea, as it might make reading e-books and looking at portrait-oriented photos more enjoyable. It also has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and LG is pioneering the idea of customizable tags or stickers. Users can stick the tags anywhere, like on a computer desk or vehicle dashboard.

Those tags act as macros for the phone – in other words, swiping your phone over the tag in your car could automatically enable GPS and Bluetooth connectivity, or swiping it over the tag near your computer could open the file-sharing app.