After numerous leaks and it’s own landing page, you would have thought the LG Optimus LTE was already made official. Well, it wasn’t. In what could be seen as an attempt at beating Apple’s big morning announcement, LG has finally announced the Optimus LTE for South Korea. Verizon customers may wanna pay attention seeing how you’re more than likely looking at the upcoming LG Revolution 2 for Verizon dropping later this year. The LG Optimus LTE (Revolution 2) will feature a 4.5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Snapdragon?), 8MP rear/1.3MP front facing cameras, 1GB of RAM and LTE speeds capable of (theoretical) 75Mbps download speeds.
LG LAUNCHES OPTIMUS LTE,
FIRST 4G HD SMARTPHONE IN KOREAN MARKET
Leading the LTE Era with Advanced True HD IPS Display Technology
SEOUL, Oct. 4, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today announced the Korean market launch of LG Optimus LTE, the first mobile device in the country to offer 4G connectivity with the highest resolution IPS display available on a smartphone. Developed in close collaboration with sister company LG Display, Optimus LTE features a striking 4.5–inch “True HD IPS” display which offers advanced resolution, brightness and clarity and shows colors in their most natural tones, as they were meant to be seen.
Optimus LTE also delivers enhanced performance with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, running on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS platform. With a large 1,830 mAh battery, Optimus LTE is perfectly suited for multimedia usage. In addition, the device enables content sharing seamlessly through HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance).
“LG Optimus LTE is the first smartphone in Korea to offer vivid and clear HD content on a 4G network,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our goal is to be a leading player in LTE devices by continuously offering best-in-class products based on our LTE patents and know-how.”
According to a recent report by Jefferies & Company, LG was listed as the global leader in LTE patents with ownership of 23 percent of approximately 1,400 LTE patents filed worldwide, with a financial value of almost USD 8 billion. LG demonstrated the world’s first LTE technology in 2007 and developed the world’s first LTE modem chipset in 2008. LG introduced the world’s fastest LTE technology in 2010 and conducted the world’s first video phone call on a LTE network in 2011. LG’s first LTE smartphone, RevolutionTM, was launched in the US earlier this year.
Availability of Optimus LTE in markets outside of Korea has not yet been determined.
What do you guys think? Could this make a splash if released here in the states as the Revolution 2? Or will you opt for the other Android heavy hitters dropping later this year? Tomorrow’s announced iPhone 5 maybe (trollin’)?