Amidst the glory of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, AT&T is getting yet another flagship phone, this time from LG. Despite the manufacturer’s failed attempts to gain market share and streamline their smartphone line, the Optimus appears to be a solid offering.
The Optimus G is LG’s equivalent of the Galaxy S III, as they stole a trick out of Samsung’s playbook. It follows a similar trend shown by HTC, too. BY having one flagship device and series (e.g. Galaxy, One, Optimus), manufacturers can direct their efforts towards a narrow set of devices that are most competitive.
A True Superphone
The Optimus G is more than a smartphone; it is a superphone on all accounts. It is the first handset to run Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz. LG touts the Optimus G uses asynchronous symmetric multiprocessing (aSM), which enables each core to power and shut down individually, conserving battery life and improving performance.
With 2 GB of RAM, the phone has more than enough power to pinch-to-zoom on HD videos and multitask like there’s no tomorrow. Additional specs include a comparable 8-megapixel camera, which apparently has no shutter lag. The Optimus G sports a 2,100 mAh battery and up to 80 GB of storage, given you add an SD card to the generous 32 GB internal storage.
On the front of the device lays a ginormous 4.7-inch IPS HD display that looks competitive. LG claims the Optimus G uses a next-generation “G2 Touch Hybrid” panel, measuring 320 ppi. The display utilizes a new technology that reduces reflection and is thinner than other mainstream solutions. In layman’s terms, LG isn’t sitting quietly as Apple and Sammy knock out next-generation panels.
Interestingly, LG demoed a new feature that allows users to play a video file while using other apps, such as Facebook. The video plays transparently in the background, allowing users to watch videos while commenting on Facebook. It should be noted LG used the widely popular “Gangnam Style” video as reference.
Design-wise, the LG Optimus G isn’t anything special, but offers a rectangular form factor that’s refreshing if you aren’t keen on the Galaxy design. The back, while a fingerprint magnet, has a checkered pattern resembling carbon fiber. Overall, the design isn’t innovative but certainly nothing to complain about.
As expected, the Optimus G runs on AT&T’s next-generation LTE network. While all of these specs are tasty, you’ll have to wait until later this year. LG claims the deice will hit the market in late Q4. Pricing, and other details, aren’t available at this time.