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LG Optimus 3D Max allows 2D/3D conversion

LG has outed the Optimus 3D Max, a phone that lets you convert standard pictures, video and maps to 3D right on the handset. Smart.

It seems that 3D LG phone we brought you news of last month has been made official. But instead of being called the LG Optimus 3D 2, it'll be known as the LG Optimus 3D Max.

The 3D Max is the follow up to the LG Optimus 3D, and allows you to convert videos, photos and maps to 3D on the phone itself -- just hit the 3D Hot Key on the side of the handset. You won't need glasses to enjoy them in all their dimensions, as just like the Optimus 3D, it uses a glasses-free 3D screen.

The specs are pretty much as leaked: a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch screen with a 800x480-pixel resolution, and 8GB internal storage. Dual 5-megapixel cameras on the back capture all the action in 3D, though sadly it's only running Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. Annoying. It's pretty slim too, measuring just 9.6mm.

There are a host of add-ons coming via downloaded updates too, including an HD converter for playing games, using apps, and navigating Google Earth in higher quality than usual. A Range Finder will calculate how far you are from the subject you're shooting to help calibrate the camera, and Out-focusing Shot will use depth information to help you improve your snaps.

The Optimus 3D Cube was also announced for Korea only last night -- apart from having 16GB storage to the Max's 8, I can't see any difference between the two, though I've contacted LG for confirmation and will post an update if there are any more differences. The Max will touch down in Korea in March, and will then "gradually roll out" to Europe, so I reckon we'll see it in the first half of the year.

We'll be sure get hands-on with the phone at Mobile World Congress next week. For more MWC news, check out mwc.cnet.co.uk.

What do you think of the Optimus 3D Max? Is 3D a fad? Let me know in the comments below or over on Facebook.