Sprint unveiled two new additions to its 4G LTE Android smartphone lineup at the start of MobileCon in San Diego today, including the quad-core Optimus G and the QWERTY-equipped Mach, both from LG. These handsets will ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and will presumably receive updates to version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) at a later date, though Sprint made no mention of it today.
The high-end Optimus G will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor that clocks in at 1.5 GHz, and will sport a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768 IPS Plus display. Complementing its high-quality features will be a sleek design, with the phone measuring only 0.33 inches thick and weighing in at 5.11 ounces.
Its rear-facing 13-megapixel camera is going to come with a host of unique shooting modes, including Time Catch Shot (takes shots prior to the shutter button being pressed so the user can choose the best one), "cheese shutter," Smart Shutter, and Low Light Shot Noise Reduction. The Optimus G will also come equipped with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
The phone will not only have the ability to mirror onto a second display, but it will also be able to display different content on each screen, so users can have a slideshow on an external monitor while the speaking notes are displayed on the phone's screen, for instance. LG will also include a couple of other software features, including LG QuickMemo, which will allow users to jot notes onto images or photos with their finger, and QSlide, which enables the display to show two different screens simultaneously (e.g. view a video and a work email at the same time).
The Mach, meanwhile, will have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but won't sacrifice a slim build -- it will measure only 0.48 inches thick while weighing 5.92 ounces. Featuring a slightly smaller 4-inch touchscreen, the Mach will have a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor under the hood and will have 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. One advantage that it will have over the Optimus G, however, is that it will have expandable storage via microSD.
Its cameras will be a 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 0.3 megapixel, VGA front-facing camera. Other features will include QuickMemo, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
Sprint and LG did not provide any information about pricing or release dates for either of the handsets.
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