The first pictures of a future LG Android phone for Verizon leaked out today on Engadget and they were quick to point out this is a 4G LTE device that can also capture 1080p video, but they failed to mention it will also be packing a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from NVIDIA.
LG was the first handset maker to announce they were making a Tegra 2 phone, but we haven’t heard anything officially since the press release over a month ago. Originally LG planned to deliver a Tegra 2 smartphone and tablet in Q4, but the tablet was delayed so they could launch with Honeycomb (Android 3.0) and it sounds like a similar path was chosen for the smartphone as well.
Look for LG to announce this Tegra 2 phone on January 5th at CES. Verizon already said they would debut half a dozen LTE devices at CES and you can be sure that this LG phone is one of them.
Since this phone is headed for Verizon, it will be interesting to see if it launches before Motorola’s competing Tegra 2 phone (codenamed the Olympus/MB860/Terminator). Both devices should be stunning since LG is claiming the Tegra 2 processor offers “up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance”.
People I’ve spoken with who have seen this LG phone in person said the design was awesome and it blew away the Motorola Olympus (Terminator). Based on the leaked pictures (and what I’ve heard about the Olympus design) I would say they have a shot.
We haven’t seen any high-end Android phones from LG, so it’s exciting to see a new player give HTC, MOTO, and SAMMY some competition.
As we approach the official unveiling at CES, what advice would you give LG to ensure a successful launch on Verizon?