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January 25, 2012

LG Prada 3.0 in the flesh, first impressions

LG’s latest fashion-forward smartphone is the superthin LG Prada 3.0. Announced back in December 14, it’s definitely coming to the Philippines soon and we got one of the first few units for review.

The LG Prada 3.0 sports a 4.3-inch TFT screen with Nova Display that’s similar to the one used in the LG Optimus Black. What’s more interesting is that the screen brightness is rated at a high 800 nits (that’s a bit brighter than the 700 nits of the Optimus Black).

The handset follows the Prada design signature that uses a Saffiano pattern at the back panel, a glossy finish with metal accents on the sides.

The Prada branding is all over this phone and the only way you’d figure out that this is an LG handset is from a small, inconspicuous logo that’s molded into the rubber-like back panel.

The LG Prada 3.0 also boasts of a very thin profile at only 8.5mm (that’s exactly the same thin-ness as the Galaxy S2). In the picture above, you’l definitely notice the LG Prada is thinner than the iPhone 4S.

The Android Gingerbread platform is skinned by an intriguing LG Prada UI. It’s basically very close to the Optimus UI but uses a monochromatic theme and icons.

The 8MP camera at the back turned out to be good although I really have to take more shots under different lighting conditions to really see how it performs. The shooter is also able to capture full HD 1080p videos.

Here’s the full specs I got so far and based on the documents that came with the review unit.

LG Prada 3.0 LG-P940 specs:
4.3″ TFT display @ 480×800 pixels, 240ppi
1GHz dual core TI OMAP4430 processor
PowerVR SGX 540
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (dual-band 2.4GHz, 5GHz)
Bluetooth 3.0 HS
NFC-enabled
GPS w/ aGPS support
8MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
1080p video recording & playback
1.3MP front-facing camera
FM Radio tuner
1540mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread

LG promises upgrade to Android ICS in the near future.

LG Prada 3 and Galaxy Note

We’re still not sure about the exact date of release in the Philippines but I am told it will be some time in February. As for the suggested retail price, it’s still not announced but considering is a Prada co-branded smartphone, we won’t be surprised if it will be more expensive.

LG Prada 3 and iPhone 4s

LG Philippines is set to launch the Prada 3.0 in the Philippines this February 7, 2012.

The last time LG co-branded their phone with Prada was in 2008 (the LG Prada 2 then had a slider, full-qwerty keyboard). Watch out for the full review of the LG Prada 3.0 some time next week.

LG Prada II gets qwerty
LG Prada 3.0 P940 Review
LG Prada 3.0 getting Ice Cream Sandwich update

10 Responses to “LG Prada 3.0 in the flesh, first impressions”

  1. garz says:

    You’re basically paying more for the name when it’s just like a single-core Galaxy Nexus. It’s target market are collectors.. and the rich, of course.

  2. garz says:

    Nevermind the Exynos or Texas Instruments thing.

  3. bestgadgets
    Twitter: bestgadgets9
    says:

    Glad to hear that the smartphone partner of the Optimus Pad LTE Tablet PC launched by LG last January 18 this year will be available in the Philippines the soonest. Can’t wait to see this gadget at the display stands of Philippine gadget stores as am sure it does not fit with my budget. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. winwin22 says:

    Simple but elegant. I’ll surely get this phone once the price settles down a bit

  5. Luwwe says:

    this phone is sexy. but i am never buying an lg phone again!

  6. junulrik says:

    I just have this phone this jan. 26th and sim unlocked by docomo on the same day. the phone is really simple and elegant. perfomance is on par with other duo-core smartphones, screen is very good, response is very good too..only disadvantage is the price (63,000 yen for one time payment).. in fact it is the the most expensive of docomo japan line up this winter 2012 … if you can afford, i suggest to get one, you wont regret it. it is very nice smart phone.. btw, battery life is not bad as other reviews mentioned..

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