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LG Staging a Comeback? Quad-Core Optimus G Looks Very Impressive

Steven Blum
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LG hasn't been on our radar much recently, but that all may change soon. Today, the Korean smartphone manufacturer has officially announced its new flagship Android smartphone, the Optimus G – and its packing some serious heat.

The most powerful phone ever created by LG, the Optimus G packs a 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapxiel camera as well as a 2,100 mAh battery. LG has also worked closely with their display division, LG Innotek and G2 Touch Hybrid Display to "eliminate the gap between the glass and the LCD panel," resulting in a screen which requires a thinner bezel. 

When it arrives in Korea next month, the Optimus G will also be the first with LTE mounted to a quad-core CPU, which is a pretty big deal for anyone who wants lightening speeds on a fast data connection. After Korea, the device is launching in Japan with a few Japan-specific features including waterproofing, infrared data transfer and streaming TV services.

Those are definitely high-end specs. –13 Megapixels is more than most smartphones can claim these days, and a 1.5 Ghz S4 Pro processor is also nothing to slouch at. Additional features include the ability to zoom in on videos as you're watching them, and take a photo by saying "cheese" to your phone, helpful for group shots. 

The only bad news? It's arriving in yesterday's clothing –  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

We don't yet know any information about a wider release, but you better bet we'll let you know when we do.

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  • Ti Mo Aug 28, 2012 Link

    Why don't they just retire the optimus series.. Would do them good.

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  • Steven Blum Aug 28, 2012 Link

    Ti Mo, tell me why?

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  • Patrick R. Aug 28, 2012 Link

    Nice minimalist design, cutting edge specs... BUT its an LG. If it were a Samsung, Moto, Asus or maybe even an HTC it be sure to get it. Not really impressed with LG's quality control. But if by some miracle they price this southwards of USD500 off contract, then I'd happily re evaluate my opinion of LG.

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  • Ti Mo Aug 28, 2012 Link

    Because almost all of the optmius series phones are shitty. They've had so many optimus's and they are not even that succesful. So why not start a new series? I personally would never buy an optimus phone, no matter how good the specs look. Why? Bad experiences.

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  • james Walton Aug 28, 2012 Link

    I like att phones.

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  • Eric McBride Aug 28, 2012 Link

    @Ti Mo - Sadly, I've also heard that from many LG owners :-(

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  • pete pickett Aug 30, 2012 Link

    LG is really horrible about future upgrades, so you get what you pay for. Beware that once this device runs Jellybean, good luck seeing Key Lime Pie or any other future android release. Its just my experience and all the other users on LG's forums. They simply do not upgrade their software as fast as other manufacturers, if at all!

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