LG has just taken the wraps off its latest flagship handset, the Optimus G, and from the spec list it looks like it will be among the first to feature both a quad-core processor and 4G LTE, a move that could increase LG’s standing in the Apple and Samsung dominated smartphone race.
With a 4.7-inch True HD 1280 x 768-pixel IPS display, the Optimus G will ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), though it’s safe to assume that it will likely get a tasty update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) soon after it hits shelves.
Most notably however, is that the smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, which allows for seamless toggling between 3G, 4G and LTE networks. Previous LTE-enabled devices, such as the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X, had to use dual-core chips because no quad-core model provided LTE support.
The Optimus G will also feature Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a USB 2.0 host port, Mobile-Definition Link (MHL), DNLA protected media sharing, and NFC for mobile payments. LG’s latest and greatest will also sport a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, in addition to a 1.3-megapixel front shooter. The device will come with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 2,100-mAh battery, all packed inside a case that is just 8 millimeters thick.
LG has fallen behind in recent years, as the smartphone race has become a two-player competition, with Apple and Samsung fending for the top spot. High-end devices like the Optimus G are LG’s attempt to become relevant again in the eyes of consumers, and what better way than to offer one of the most powerful devices coupled with high-speed connectivity?
Unfortunately, U.S. customers enticed by the quad-core packed Optimus G will likely have to wait a while to see this device Stateside, as the company plans for a September launch in Japan and Korea, with no word yet of a global release.