The first smartphones with autostereoscopic screens first started showing up in Japan last year, and 2011 has seen greatly expanded availability with the release of the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D. What’s next for these devices? LG’s Dr Henry Noh recently took the time to explain his vision for the sequel to the Optimus 3D.
Noh thinks that, in a world where it can be hard to make one smartphone stand out from another, 3D devices have a distinct advantage. To translate that advantage into increased sales, however, 3D can’t come at too high of a price. For him, that means that he doesn’t want to have to choose between a thin phone or 3D phone.
Noh sees a future where mainstream phones will be hitting the six-millimeter mark, and the next Optimus 3D might measure in just a hair thicker at seven. Considering the current-gen model is twelve millimeters thick, that would be a world of improvement. Noh’s optimistic that LG could release such a slimmed-down Optimus 3D 2 sometime next year.
Further into the future, there might be technology that allows for 3D screens without even that one-millimeter penalty, but we think we can live with what Noh’s describing for at least another year.