LG Announces Optimus G

Today LG announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Optimus G. The 8.45mm (0.33-inch) thin handset packs Qualcomm’s Fusion 3 chipset which pairs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC (APQ8064) with a 2G / 3G / LTE radio (MDM9615).

The Android 4.0 device features 2GB of DDR RAM and a 4.7-inch 1280×768 (320ppi) True HD IPS PLUS display with (in-cell touch) technology. A sealed 2100mAh Li-polymer battery rated for 800 charge cycles.

The rear camera sports a 13-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor with 1.1┬Ám pixels, an f/2.4 autofocus lens and a single LED flash — along with a more pedestrian 1.3MP shooter in front. There’s 32GB of built-in flash storage, but no microSD card slot. Other specs include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC and MHL.

It allows mirroring between the smartphone and a TV, but it also has the ability to display different content on each screen wirelessly. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the TV while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes.

Qualcomm will supply the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core APQ8064 alongside an MDM9x15 baseband for LTE. The quad-core Krait processor and Adreno 320 GPU beat current chipsets quite easily in earlier tests.

IDC puts LG at No. 5 among global mobile-phone makers after Samsung Electronics, Nokia, Apple and ZTE.

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