Feb 20 AT 9:17 AM Anthony Domanico 14 Comments

LG Optimus LTE Tag features NFC, cuts down on the display

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The LG Optimus LTE is getting a bit of a spin-off. A press release issued this morning by LG announced the LG Optimus LTE Tag, which adds the forward-looking NFC capability to LG’s flagship device.

NFC on the Optimus LTE Tag offers a unique twist in addition to the standard LTE functionality. The Optimus LTE Tag features the LG Tag+ program which uses the Optimus LTE Tag’s NFC chip to communicate with special stickers (really) that can be programmed to change your phones settings in certain locations. Imagine placing a big ol’ sticker on your car’s dashboard which disables the ability to send text messages while in the car, or a sticker on your workstation that turns on Wi-Fi and puts your device into silent mode when you’re at work.

Adding NFC comes at a cost, however, and unfortunately this is in the way of display. The 4.5″ IPS HD display found on the LG Spectrum (Verizon) and LG Nitro HD (AT&T) were some of the better displays we’ve seen on a mobile device. The LG Optimus LTE Tag instead opts for a smaller 4.3″ IPS display with an 800 x 480 resolution. We’re scratching our heads a bit over why LG would choose to put a lesser display into the Optimus LTE Tag, and we’re sure you are as well.

Specs on the Optimus LTE Tag include:

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.3″ IPS display
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an upgrade to Android 4.0 coming later
  • NFC (duh)
  • 16GB on-board storage
  • 5 megapixel rear-camera, with 1.3 megapixel front-facing
  • 1,700 mAh battery

The Optimus LTE Tag will likely launch in Asia later this year, and we don’t know whether this device will be making its way stateside. We’ll be looking for the Optimus LTE Tag at Mobile World Congress next week, and will bring you our impressions if it makes an appearance. Anyone interested, or is it time for the 800 x 480 resolution to go the way of the dodo?

Show Press Release

Unique Tag+ Feature Allows for User Customization
Without The Hassle of Fiddling with Phone Settings

SEOUL, Feb. 20, 2012 — LG today announced its newest addition to its LTE smartphone line-up for the Korean market, the Optimus LTE Tag. Coming on the heels of impressive sales of its Optimus LTE, the world’s first HD LTE smartphone, the Optimus LTE Tag advances LG’s vision of offering the most diverse collection of LTE devices for all types of customers.

“Our goal is to offer the widest variety of LTE smartphones in the industry in 2012,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “The Optimus LTE Tag isn’t just a cosmetically-enhanced version of Optimus LTE, it offers a truly innovative feature which we think really makes a smartphone smarter.”

The Optimus LTE Tag gets its name from a unique new feature, LG Tag+, which uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to communicate with special stickers or “tags” that can be programmed to automatically change the phone’s settings. Swiping a tag upon entering the office could put the Optimus LTE Tag in silent mode and activate Wi-Fi. A tag on the car dashboard could be programmed to turn on Bluetooth, GPS and raise the volume. The options are limitless.

With Slim and sleek design, the Optimus LTE Tag is available in white. Running a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with the option to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich later) and 4.3-inch IPS display, the Optimus LTE Tag is the ideal multimedia environment.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Dure-Core processor
  • Display: 4.3-inch (800 x 480) IPS
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC
  • Camera: 5.0MP with AF-LED Flash (Rear) & 1.3MP (Front)
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Battery: 1,700mAh
  • Others: LG Tag+, MHL(Mobile High Definition Link), DLNA(Digital Living Network Alliance)

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  • greeny42

    One word: Baller

    • Jeff Pan

      From the specs this phone is meant more for Asian markets than the US.

  • Jorge Vieira

    Are none of these possible on other devices with NFC? I can’t state it enough I feel like LG makes sone bad decisions IMO.

    • damambt

      Yup, looks like they are just taking Samsungs leftovers and attempting to mold something worthy out of them.

  • Jorge Vieira

    I do like that VU in white tho!

  • ArticulateFool

    This does not look like an attractive device.

  • spazby

    I don’t like that display…

  • amgala

    Gotta get some NFC tags! They do sell non-manufacturer specific ones that you can program. So useful!

  • BigCiX

    2.3 on a device coming out later this year. Another f*** up by LG! When will they learn most of their phones are screwed because of outdated software.

  • honourbound68

    nfc tags that can change settings on your phone? yikes… that could be good and bad… thank goodness though for SuperUser. It’d be just like when the wife would ask if I took a bite of her chocolate cake.. DENY DENY DENY :)

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    Yo dawg, I heard you like stickers.

  • WlfHart

    Pity for the downgraded screen :( I like to see NFC getting more love though.

  • Billy

    Meh … NFC is nice but some other features seem 2011 ….

  • nipunmehta7

    Wish lte was available in my country