LG first announced their flagship Android phone the Optimus G last month, and today the company released additional details about the global launch at an event in Korea. LG said the phone will go on sale in Korea starting next week followed by key global markets in October. An additional report from the Associated Press claims that the device will come to the US in November.
Currently the LG Optimus G is rumored to be headed to AT&T and Sprint under the name LG Eclipse 4G LTE. Verizon and T-Mobile also have strong relationships with LG, so it is possible we could see the device on those networks as well. LG has scheduled a press event tomorrow in New York, so we could have the US launch details within the next 24 hours.
Key Specifications of the Optimus G include:
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs and LTE
- Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean)
- Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
- Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPlus (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
- Memory: 32GB
- RAM: 2GB DDR
- Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
- Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
- Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
- Weight: 145g
- Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC
The LG Optimus Nexus?
At this time last year we had tons of Nexus rumors to talk about, but it has been oddly quiet this time around. Google hasn’t really surprised us with any of their Android devices, so we expect some kind of solid details to leak out soon.
Back in May the Wall St. Journal reported that there would be multiple Nexus devices sold through Google’s online device store by Thanksgiving. That rumor was echoed again by a leak in August that said LG, Samsung, and Sony were all working on Nexus devices.
This week two of our trusted sources, who helped us uncover every other Nexus device to date, both told me they expect LG to produce a Nexus smartphone this year. We don’t have any pictures, specs, or benchmarks to publish, so you should still just consider this a rumor.
Even though no hard evidence has been provided, but we still believe there will be at least one Nexus smartphone come November. And when we evaluate the pure hardware that each handset maker might use, LG has us the most excited for this year. Their Optimus G will have the fastest mobile processor, best display, highest resolution camera, and new battery technology.
I have heard some larger OEMs openly question if it’s in their best interest to produce a Nexus smartphone, when all previous generations have disappointed in sales numbers. LG is still considered an underdog by many in the smartphone industry, so a Nexus device would greatly help to build up their image among the hardcore Android faithful.
Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer for the next Nexus.