Aug 28 AT 8:51 AM Nick Gray 33 Comments

LG Optimus G announced: world’s first quad-core S4 Pro phone with integrated LTE


Rumors about the LG Optimus G have been keeping us busy, but the speculation can now come to an end. LG has officially unveiled the Optimus G – its new flagship phone powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with integrated LTE connectivity. But the fun doesn’t stop there. LG has also equipped the Optimus G with a 4.7-inch IPS True HD display (1280×768 pixels) with G2 Touch Hybrid Display technology which uses a unibody unit that eliminates the gap between the glass and the LCD panel, ultimately reducing its thickness by 30 percent.

The LG Optimus G is also equipped with a 2,100 mAh battery developed by LG Chem which runs more efficiently and lasts up to 800 cycles, a 60 percent improvement over the standard lifespan of 500 charges of traditional batteries. Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The only thing really missing from the LG Optimus G is Android 4.1. The handset will ship with Android 4.0, but we suspect LG is already working on an Android 4.1 update.

LG plans to release the Optimus G in Korea in September with a global release expected for this fall. Pricing details for the LG Optimus G are not yet available, but we don’t see how they would be able to get the price any lower than the Samsung Galaxy S III.

LG has not had huge success recently in Europe and North America. Will the Optimus G be the device to finally make LG a true competitor?

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Newest Premium Device from LG Sets High Benchmark for Performance and Usability

SEOUL, August, 28, 2012 -— LG Electronics (LG) revealed its newest premium mobile device with the announcement of the Optimus G, a high-end smartphone that offers powerful performance, an elegant and sleek design, and an innovative user experience. As the first LTE device featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragonâ„¢ S4 Pro Quad-Core processor, Optimus G will set the foundation for every future premium smartphone from LG.

Best-of-Best Technologies
To offer the best smartphone to consumers, LG gathered industry-leading partners and technologies to develop the Optimus G. In collaboration with Qualcomm, LG developed the Optimus G with the goal to be the first LTE smartphone with the Snapdragonâ„¢ S4 Pro CPU. LG also joined hands with vertically-integrated sister companies LG Chem, LG Display and LG Innotek for the ultimate battery capacity, viewing and user experience.

Next Generation Quad-Core with LTE
The Optimus G will be the first commercial and global smartphone to offer the Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor with a Quad-Core Krait CPU, LTE supported capabilities, and the newest generation Adrenoâ„¢ 320 GPU. The Snapdragon S4 Pro runs at 1.5GHz and features Asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing (aSMP), which enables each core to power up and down independently, for maximum performance with better battery life. Furthermore, the Adreno 320 is over three times faster than the Adreno 225 found in previous Snapdragon processors for an enhanced gaming experience with faster frame rates, smoother play and support for higher HD resolution displays.

Cutting-edge Display and Outstanding Battery Efficiency
With help from LG Display, the Optimus G sports a beautiful 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS+ Display with 320ppi high pixel density (1280×768 pixels) and Stripe RGB IPS Panel with 15:9 aspect ratio. LG Display pushed the boundaries of its technology to offer True HD IPS+ Display, which is sharper and crisper with color accuracy of sRGB 100 percent to show natural and life-like images.

Moreover, the Optimus G will be the first smartphone to be equipped with LG Innotek and LG Display’s newly developed G2 Touch Hybrid Display for touchscreen panels (TSP). The G2 Touch Hybrid Display is thinner than current TSPs and offers the slimmest panel display with no diffused reflection for clearer and sharper visibility, even outdoors. Thanks to the new technology, the thickness of the screen panel has been reduced and the screen itself is much stronger to withstand damage from impact.

Lastly, LG Chem developed a high-density 2,100mAh battery that provides more power capacity and prolonged charging cycles. The new battery technology extended the battery lifespan to 800 cycles at 80 percent charging capabilities, much greater than the lifespan of 500 cycles in regular phone batteries.

Enhanced UX for Productivity and Entertainment
Whether users need functionality or fun in their daily lives, the Optimus G has it all, including a high-resolution 13.0MP camera and unique and differentiated user experience (UX) features, such as:

· Live Zooming allows zooming in and out while viewing a video;
· Dual Screen Dual Play, not only allows mirroring between the smartphone and a TV, it also has the ability to
display different content on each screen. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the TV
while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes;
· QMemoTM, first seen in the Optimus Vu:, allows users to write, draw, or jot a memo directly on the captured
screen with their finger for sharing instantly with others as an attachment or a URL;
· Time Catch Shot allows users to select and save the best shot among the images taken just before the
shutter button is depressed;
· Cheese Shutter takes a photo when a voice command is spoken.

The added UX features are anticipated to provide instant and intuitive productivity to complete tasks beyond simple multitasking.

Innovative and Modern Look
LG maintained its differentiated design philosophy with the Optimus G. The Optimus G is encased in an eye-catching slim body epitomizing timeless beauty that perfectly demonstrates LG’s design philosophy. Premium glass is utilizied on the back cover with a polarized glass pattern that offers a clean, modern look. The G2 Touch Hybrid Display contributed significantly to the design of the Optimus G as it reduced the thickness of the device enabling Optimus G to fit more comfortably in the hand. And the jet black front display flows smoothly into the body for a seamless look with no gaps.

“We are confident that users will have a superior experience with everything that we’re offering in the Optimus G,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Optimus G isn’t just another high-performance phone with the latest bells and whistles. It’s a collaboration of some of the best component makers on the planet coming together for a singular cause, to develop a smartphone that stands out in a sea of me-too devices.”

NTT DOCOMO will be the first to unveil a Japanese edition of the Optimus G. The global version of the device will be launched in Korea in September, followed by other markets worldwide.

Key Specifications:
· Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU, Adreno 320 GPU with 4G LTE
· Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
· Network: 2G / 3G / 4G LTE
· Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS+ (1280×768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
· Memory: 32GB
· Cameras: 13.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
· Battery: 2,100 mAh
· Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
· Weight: 145g
· Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL, DLNA, NFC

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • redraider133

    If they bring it to the US and put it on all carriers I could see this being a big seller. As long as they do before one of their competitor releases a quad core device in the US. LG seems to be on the right track with this.

    • Fulaman

      100% agree, I see this being an iphone 5/Samsung Galaxy S III killer from a spec point of view. I just hope the developers on xda really take this phone seriously and release lots of roms for it. This may be my next phone since Samsung thinks they should not release Exynos 5250 equipped phones.

    • phor11


      These are the kind of specs that I was expecting from the RAZR HD.
      Instead, Motorola is releasing a phone in September that’s almost identical to the OneX that has been on the market since April.

      Definitely looking forward to seeing pricing and carrier info for the Optimus G in the states now.

    • 23th

      this phone looks hideous! optimus gay

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It is coming to AT&T.

  • Rashaan

    Hopefully this comes to Sprint. Is the LG Eclipse they was talking about in May?

  • Hom0ncruse

    final nail in the coffin for LG

    • Steve Barry

      Dang it…not enough coffee yet I guess. Meant to downvote, so you Mr. Guest, got a free +1.

      • phor11

        I made it a -1 for you.

    • Homncruse


  • Sameer Wahab

    Boy, does this look like an iPhone or what?

    • h0ruza

      iPhone? :/ GSII i’d say

    • RA56

      iPhone? There’s no big ugly button on the bottom!

    • Homncruse

      Don’t forget that the corners aren’t sharp enough to hurt yourself on.

    • Chris

      Looks like the LG Prada, you know, the design Apple stole for the IPhone 4 chassis.

  • auronblue

    Those are some serious specs. If things run smoothly on the software side, LG could have a winner. Hopefully it’s advertised properly and picked up by the major carriers.

  • tarwin

    This is tempting. But honestly, what tempts me the most is not the processor or the screen, other manufacturers will release those. The thing that draws me the most is the battery. They don’t say if it will be user replaceable but even if it’s not the added charge cycles means that the phone won’t be dead as soon. If HTC will insist on non-user replaceable batteries, they better talk to LG CHEM or someone about getting similar batteries for their phones.

  • skyflakes

    That looks nice.

  • Derek

    This phone is a powerhouse! But its freaking ugly!! Other sites have better photos that show it from the front and it looks terrible!

    • Drew Breesus

      Agree, it looks like a bland brick AND its LG (means no updates coming, only excuses).
      I gonna (incomplete) pass on this.

  • Nate B.

    The specs sound really pleasing but I want to know if they revamped the skin. I mean a nice ROM on this thing would be sweet but I highly doubt the majority of people buy phones just based off putting a ROM on it. I need for the initial native stuff about it to be why. Because at the end of the day any phone can be rooted pretty much. Then you might as well have got the phone that ran that native skin or OS you flashed anyways.

  • vforvortex

    With those specs, wish this phone was a nexus device. :D

    • z0phi3l

      There are more Nexus devices coming soon, supposedly, who knows what Google has in store for us

  • jamal adam

    This is a nice looking, spectastic device. LG is finally get into the swing of things. Now all would be well if this released with Jelly Bean instead of ICS but otherwise, I would have to say that this is a solid device though I can’t bring final judgement until reviews come out for it. But so far, good job LG.

  • Nate

    These are honest questions, not trying to be negative or anything cause I really don’t know the answers.

    Will we really see that much performance increase with quad core? How many apps are written with multi-threading in mind besides games?

    Will Android itself at least spread apps across the cores?

  • get at me banana

    This phone seem nice but I wouldn’t wanna touch a LG phone after the g2x. I say the Samsung galaxy s3 is alot better even though its not a quad core it can still stack up to them no problem

  • Dirk Diggler

    I have this phone and have been testing it in the US for a few weeks and while it’s fast as hell, the battery life sucks. It’s so unusable I’ve had to revert to an alternate test phone as my primary phone and only use this to test iterative firmware updates.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Looks good…But still NO WAY LG…By the time the Galaxy Note 2 arrives to the United States in October it will have the Snapdragon S4 pro. Otherwise Samsung just stomps all over LG especially from a software standpoint. Plus Jellybean on the Galaxy Note 2 out the box and the Galaxy S3 will already have jellybean by October at least on tmobile. There NO WAY this is better than the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2.

  • jtownspowell

    I give credit to LG, after all the problems, they can still make a product that interests me. This is gonna be a hard one to pass on, but I will never buy LG again.

  • al3x

    What is the price???