May 15 AT 7:49 AM Anthony Domanico 23 Comments

Optimus 4X HD coming to Europe in June


LG’s first quad-core superphone will be making its way to store shelves in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and Poland next month. Powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor and a 4.7″ True HD IPS display, the Optimus 4X HD has its sights set squarely on the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III superphones, giving users a solid alternative if they haven’t been blown away with either other device just yet.

The Optimus 4X HD takes full advantage of the larger display, and offers phablet features such as a new Quick Memo, which allows users of the 4X HD to jot notes over a screen image, and Media Plex, which provides desktop-like image and video playback.

The Optimus 4X HD will head to Asia, South America, and Central America in coming months, though no official word of a US release has been given. We expect this device to launch as the T-Mobile G4X later this year, perhaps shedding LG’s updated UI Overlay in favor of stock Android 4.

Confirmed specs of the Optimus 4X HD include:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with updated LG UI Overlay
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 4.7 inch 720p True HD IPS display
  • 8 megapixel backside illumination rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage
  • 2,150 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • MHL, DLNA, etc.
  • 8.9 mm thick
  • SHSPA+ 21 Mbps support
Show Press Release

LG Optimus 4X HD with Advanced User Experience (UX) Offers
Fast Performance, Superb IPS Display and Biggest Battery in its Class

SEOUL, May 15, 2012 — LG announced that the Optimus 4X HD, which was first introduced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, will be available next month in key markets starting in Western Europe.

Beyond the fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, LG’s latest Android 4.0 device boasts the biggest battery among Quad-Core smartphones at 2,150mAh and a superb high resolution viewing experience with in the 4.7-inch True HD IPS display. Since MWC, the Optimus 4X HD has been upgraded with new SiO+ battery technology, Quick MemoTM to enhance productivity and Media PlexTM for an advanced multimedia experience.

The Optimus 4X HD is fitted with NVIDIA’s 4-PLUS-1â„¢ Quad-Core mobile processor, the Tegra? 3, which utilizes a fifth core for the best power efficiency and outstanding performance. For maximum performance, Tegra? 3 runs on all four cores but when in standby mode the processor defaults to the fifth, battery-saver core. In a future upgrade, LG will introduce Eco-Mode specifically for the Optimus 4X HD which will allow users to manually shut down any of the Tegra 3’s cores for even more control over power consumption and performance.

The removable 2,150mAh battery utilizes advanced SiO+ technology to provide higher energy density for more power and longer run times without adding bulk to the phone’s already svelte form factor.

“Beyond the fast processor, superb display and largest-in-class battery, the Optimus 4X HD is the first LG smartphone to feature the new User Experience (UX),” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “As the smartphone segment consolidates even further, it’s becoming more and more apparent that both great software and great hardware are crucial to stay on top of the game. LG intends to be a strong contender in both areas and the Optimus 4X HD is our proof.”

One of the new UX features in the Optimus 4X HD is Quick MemoTM, which first appeared in the Optimus Vu:. Quick MemoTM is not an app but is integrated into the operating system of the Optimus 4X HD so that it can be activated within any application, including games or video players. It gives one the ability to jot memos or notes over a screen image for saving or sharing with others. The version of Quick MemoTM found on the Optimus 4X HD is a newer version that allows URLs imbedded in memos to directly connect to web pages.

Media Plex TM is the newest addition to the Optimus 4X HD. This is a collection of software features that take image and video playback on the smartphone to a level that until now was only possible on a PC or laptop. Some of the innovative features offered by Media Plex TM include:

l Fingertip Seek that shows a preview of any video frame simply by touching the progress bar;
l Live Zooming which allows viewers to zoom in and out by pinching during video playback;
l Video Speed Control for precise control of the playback speed of a video;
l Thumbnail List Play which enables users to view thumbnails of videos playing while watching another video full screen.
The advanced 8.0MP BSI (backside illumination) sensor camera of the Optimus 4X HD comes with a powerful new feature that allows users to select and save the best shot among the images taken just before pressing the shutter button.

And with MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), there are multiple ways to connect the phone to TVs and other devices in the home.

The Optimus 4X HD will be rolled out in Europe followed by countries in Asia, CIS, South and Central America in the coming months.

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  • kazahani

    Spec sheet looks good, LG, but I need to see you deliver solid hardware…

  • skyflakes

    “HTC One-esque rapid image capture” huh?

    • Anthony Domanico

      I took out the reference, but essentially it takes multiple pictures and you can select the best one, similar to the HTC One X and One S.

  • Derek

    I wish LG had a better reputation for sending out updates because I really love their IPS HD displays. Also, everybody who bought the last Optimus 2X got royally hosed because of the Tegra processor. NVidia refused to give out the source code for the chip and only distributed binaries. Not much dev work went on with it. I would never buy another NVidia powered phone or tablet….EVER!

  • Alan Reboli

    LG android phone? No thanks.

    • kazahani

      G2X was a huge step forward for them. They will keep improving.

      • Homncruse

        With their current reputation due to the G2x, do they really have anywhere to go but up?

        …Wait, I take it back. LG, please don’t prove you can dig deeper into the abyss.

      • jonathan3579

        The G2x was a huge step forward? In what fairy tale do you live in, buddy? That phone had relatively decent hardware but the software was a complete mess. Hell, it just recently got upgraded to 2.3.4 and yet you say it was a huge step forward. Keep dreaming.

  • LoveAndro

    The hardware quality of LG phones are really good along with their servicing for issues but SOftware updates are really slow and very buggy which keeps me away from LG

    I mean I have been using LG optimus Black with custom rom and never looked back to flash the original one as it was laggy, buggy etc ..etc..

    Lg should improve on its software department.

  • rysheen

    had the t-mobile g2x which was an lg phone.that phone is the reason i left t-mobile that phone was a nightmare never buy an lg phone they suck

  • pekosROB

    If it gets update quickly I’m sure they could move a lot of units. But that’s a big if, and nothing is guaranteed.

    Impressive specs nonetheless.

  • Nathan D.

    If they can make it not so glitchy and dilever a good software experience then I’ll consider it.

  • mharriz

    Lg should stick to TVs.. I’ll pass on their phones slow updates and laggy ui out the box..pass

  • EmeryLee

    Nope sorry not again. Tired of being price gouged by T-Mobile’s service and using Beta-test phones that aren’t ready for market. Too much money lost. here I come after my contract expires and bye bye LG and Motorola smart phones. I’ll give Samsung a shot on the next go-round. Good luck LG with the Optimus 4X HD. Hopefully it will bring you some long term success but not at my expense.

  • Joel

    I would gladly give this phone a chance.
    Forget LG’s past reputation, I think the android community are being way too merciless on LG all because they bought an older LG device, didnt root or customize it, sat with the stock and complained – And now here is LG…releasing stats and numbers JUST AS GOOD if not better than the competition, practically begging for another shot…and people are blinded by brand.

    • Homncruse

      An older LG device? The G2x was their flagship phone, and the first Tegra 2 device to market!

      Did you actually use it, or are you forming your “come on guys, don’t be hatin’” opinion simply because almost every comment here says “no thanks, never again”?

      • Joel

        Never even held the damn thing in my hands, and once again – Thats not the point. The point is to stop judging and writing off an unreleased device based solely on past experiences with the manufacturer.

        Thats like someone who would never buy a HTC One X because their G1 was laggy.

        • Homncruse

          Not true; that was a technology problem. LG’s problem is in support, a completely soft resource.

  • Dr.Carpy

    The beauty of this device is the hardware. The Display on this thing should be awesome, the battery should be good as well. LG fails at software. They don’t update anything, but at least once this device is rooted, it should be fine. My only other issue is that once folks saw the S3 come along with 16/32/64 any other contender to the thrown should start at 32gb to be in the convo.

  • Yonas

    Not gonna make a significant impact unless it offers an eye catching price…at least here in Sweden cuz of the massive amount of hipsters we have.

  • BigCiX

    I thought this device was going to have 2 gigs of RAM.

  • myandroid99

    to late im sticking with the one x

  • Ton Habraken

    LG android phone?
    Once never again. It is the worst experience i’ve had with a phone.

    I’m going to try an asus phone ;-)