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LG expects to ship 2 million Optimus 3D smartphones

By Jason Tan  /  Staff Reporter

A woman holds an LG Electronics Optimus 3D smartphone at its Taiwan product release in Taipei yesterday. Twin processors and other components give the device enhanced three-dimensional video effects, the company said.

Photo: Chen Ping-hung, Taipei Times

With its Optimus 3D smartphone hitting the global market last month, LG Electronics Inc expects to ship 2 million units of the model, which boasts 3D features, by the end of the year, a company executive said yesterday.

“Compared with Apple, HTC (宏達電) and other players, we are slightly late in the smartphone market, but we will win share by launching models with killer applications and leading technologies,” Jackie Kim, mobile business director at LG Electronics Taiwan Taipei Co Ltd, told reporters during a product launch.

Bloomberg reported last month that LG had slashed its estimates for global smartphone sales by 20 percent to 24 million units this year, citing Park Jong-seok, head of the South Korean company’s mobile business division, after rivals such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co continued to eat into the company’s market share.

The 4.3-inch Optimus 3D runs on dual-core processors from Texas Instrument Inc and it offers users 3D gaming and other 3D entertainment options without the hassle of putting on clunky and uncomfortable 3D glasses.

HTC Corp is expected to start selling its first 3D model, the Evo 3D, in Taiwan later this month.

Meanwhile, LG said it would be launching its first tablet, the Optimus Pad, in Taiwan by the end of the month.

The tablet runs the Android operating system and has an 8.9-inch panel that comes with a dual-lens 3D camera that can take 3D stills and videos.

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