February has to be one of the most frustrating months of the year for phone manufacturers. With Mobile World Congress going down in Barcelona on February 14th, just about anyone who’s anyone in the hardware world (besides Apple, but you know, they kind of do their own thing) launches a phone or two. Phones they’ve kept secret for months. All the while, they’re working behind the scenes with retailers to get their hottest new gear on the shelves ASAP without anyone finding out early.
Every year, someone screws something up. Be it to inflate pageviews or an honest accident, one of the retailers always seems to leak a handset or two. The first pre-Mobile World Congress retailer leak of the year: The LG Optimus 3D.
Word of the LG Optimus 3D comes from Netherlandish retailer ThePhoneHouse (the page was here, but has since been pulled.) On the upside, the leak wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been; no specs were revealed, and the picture used appears to be a placeholder (that’s the Optimus One). In other words, it’s just the name.
Oh, but how much we can learn from a name. “Optimus 3D”? Given the glasses-less 3D trend we saw starting at CES this year, I think we can figure out where LG is going with this one.