LG Optimus G Is Official (Again) – Arrives Next Week In South Korea, Everywhere Else In October


It may seem like dejavu, but LG is taking the opportunity of a slow news day to remind you guys not just that their recently announced LG Optimus G handset is not only official (yes, we remember), but that it will be coming to South Korean markets next week. LG touts the device as the first quad-core of its kind to launch with full LTE compatibility on board. For another refresher of the G’s specs, here’s some quick bullet points:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS display with Zerogap Touch (in-cell touch) technology
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 CPU with Adreno 320 GPU
  • 32GB of internal storage (no microSD slot)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP or 8MP rear (depending on region) / 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC
  • 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm, 145g

After the LG Optimus G goes on sale next week in South Korea, that device will hit “key” global markets sometime in October. Full press release can be found below.

SEOUL, Sep. 18, 2012 – Today LG announced the launch of the Optimus G, a new premium flagship device offering a unique User Experience (UX) supported by innovative hardware performance. The powerful hardware included in the Optimus G allows for the possibility of such a creative and engaging UX which will enable Optimus G users to “live without boundaries.”

With a powerful quad-core processor, SnapdragonTM S4 Pro, as its base and industry best technologies for enhanced viewing and longer battery life, LG adds the finishing touches on the Optimus G with a beautiful sleek design and innovative UX features. The offerings in the Optimus G will provide users an experience currently unavailable on any other smartphone.

“The Optimus G is a groundbreaking premium device not only in the history of LG but also in the smartphone industry,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the Optimus G, users will be able to experience unsurpassed UX features that will allow them to perform tasks that really enhance their daily lives.”

New Form of Cross-Tasking and Engaging UX

With reliable and speedy performance, LG’s Optimus G doesn’t solely enable multi- tasking but “cross-tasking” of activities without limitations. If multi-tasking applies to running various applications at the same time, cross-tasking applies to complex tasks that can be completed simultaneously without having to compromise other tasks. Some new UX features that will be included into the Optimus G to showcase its cross-tasking and engaging capabilities are:

·      QSlide Function shows two different screens simultaneously on one display. As it doesn’t just show a part of the screen but the entire screen of both functions, the user can complete two tasks concurrently – such as sending a text message or searching the web while watching a video;

·      Live Zooming enhances the video-watching experience as users can zoom in up to five times while the video is being streamed for a close-up of one’s child while watching a recorded video from a school recital;

·      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 wirelessly. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the TV while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes;

·      QuickMemo allows users to write, draw, or jot a memo with their finger directly on the captured screen for sharing instantly with others as an attachment or a URL. The QuickMemo can also be used as an overlay feature – like jotting down a number using the QuickMemo and directly dialing the number while the number is on the top layer;

·      Screen Zooming allows for the zooming in and out of lists in music player, email, text messages and photo gallery. It also offers the ability to change the font size and screen layout;

·      Application Link launches preset applications (email, calendar, weather, etc.) when the alarm is turned off – making preparation time in the morning go a little faster with all the information on your screen;

·      Icon Personalizer allows users the ability to customize icons by editing size and adding images so the most frequently used apps can be most easily accessible.

In addition, smart and fun camera features in Optimus G will allow for capturing and seizing those special moments in our lives. Utilizing the industry’s highest resolution camera at 13MP, users will have the opportunity to capture their favorite scenes with:

·      Smart Shutter senses camera vibration or the movement of the subject and adjusts the shutter speed for the best shot;

·      Time Catch Shot enables the user to choose the best among various shots taken before the shutter button is pressed;

·      Cheese Shutter takes photos easily with voice activation command just by saying cheese, kimchi, smile or even LG;

·      Low Light Shot Noise Reduction employs a light monitoring system and activates when the camera is used in a low-light situation for the least amount of noise.

Design Masterpiece with Timeless Value

Inheriting LG’s design DNA and heritage, the blend of delicate design and technology placed the emphasis on simplicity with a completely black unibody form in the Optimus G. For this unique look, LG developed and patented the Crystal Reflection finish, which is applied to the back of the Optimus G for a luxurious look and feel. Crystal Reflection gives the Optimus G’s back cover the ability to display different patterns depending on the viewing angle and lighting. Also, the intricate polarized pattern, which sparkles under the sleek surface, creates a three-dimensional illusion that is eye-catching and exquisitely reminiscent of a jewel. And finally, laser cutting gives the Optimus G a clean finish with metallic highlights.

Unparalleled Technologies for Ultimate UX


As the first quad-core smartphone with LTE connectivity capabilities, Optimus G complements the enhanced UX features with unsurpassed speed and power from Qualcomm’s SnapdragonTM S4 Pro Quad-Core processor. The state-of-the-art display technologies such as the Zerogap Touch and True HD IPSPlus Display from LG Innotek and LG Display harmonize to offer the slimmest, sharpest and clearest viewing experience yet. The new battery from LG Chem has a longer life of 800 cycles, a significant improvement over existing mobile phone batteries. An ultra high-resolution, compact 13MP camera is employed in the Optimus G to offer the sharpest photos without pixelation – even when creating extra-large prints.
LG Optimus G will go on sale in Korea starting next week followed by key global markets in October.
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Don’t know what it is but anything by LG is a flop to me. The company is missing that je ne sais quoi when it comes to android devices. From the vanilla, at best, looks of the phone to the ugly logo and their not so good reputation, something is missing. Release a game changing phone or work harder on those washer machines, tvs, an everything else you do just adequately.

    1. This isn’t game changing? O_o

      1. There are two things missing….one is a big battery…and another one is the missing MicroSD card…especially when Class 10 64 GB MicroSD card is less than 100$..

        And only ones who copy Samsung is probably LG.

        LG should send free devices to Cyanogenmod team so that they can build CM 10 right away. Only then it will be good.

        1. I have an optimus 2x as a dev phone. Even with CM, I wouldn’t use it as a daily driver :(

      2. What about it is game changing? nada. O.O

        1. Only game changer is the quad core Krait which I think is the new arm A15 so our quad core exynos is theoretically no match for it. Along with the 13mp cam and 2gb o ram. Otherwise standard. Still haven’t seen the UX so I can’t speak on it.

          1. I wouldn’t call the camera or the 2GB of Ram game changing. The Camera may be 13mp, but that doesn’t mean it will perform. And I have 2GBs on my S3. It quad core is A15 based but again not really game changing..

      3. Um, apart from using the latest processor (which isn’t really something that big a deal other than it’s the latest) and a “true HD” display, I fail to see what is game changing. :P

  2. That image looks kinda elongated compared to the rest I have seen. This image makes it look like they are copying apple’s ugly long profile. LG better lookout for an incoming lawsuit!

  3. Beautiful phone/specs. next thing we know it that APPLE will file injunction of this great piece of technology

  4. Hardly an original design, but the specs are definitely attractive enough. Not quite enough for me to trade-in my One X though. Will hold off until the Nexus line is announced. Want to see if they put out something One X+ like, but with a phat battery to handle all my toilet time game playing. Speaking of which, I can feel one brewing now.

    1. Drink some espresso with no sugar, that should help clear you up.

  5. Sprint?

    1. yes. It leaked a bit ago, don’t remember the model number..

    2. Bah! (In my Mr. Scrooge voice) Straight Talk for all! Unless you are running an enterpirse server via your phone, then stay on Sprints unlimited 0.2kbps network…..that is until they rearrange their 4g network thoroughly.

  6. Specs alone are a formidable foe to the Galaxy SIII. If they can rework their UI, and release it on all the U. S. National carriers, it can potentiall y steal thunder from Samsung or more so from HTC. Don’t even bring up the iPhone 5 though i do admit i am thinking about crossing over to ios. Probably this phone may make me change my mind.

    1. If this is the phone that determines whether you stay or go, then nice knowing you cause I would even take an iPhone over an LG.

      1. Oh and did the Nitro ever get ICS?? NO

        1. So did a lot of phones not receive ICS. And in General. This will steer me away from android because too many android options of many brands will not see the update.

          1. Hence, buy a Nexus device (like I did and have been on Jelly Bean since 12 hours or so of its announcement), or a flagship of Samsung’s or HTC’s, and now Motorola. Other devices are not a good option regarding updates >.<

          2. Just root and rom and get it the day XDA gets the source running on your device. Just make sure you get a device the comunity likes. Past expericnce says get Sammy HTC or Moto though Moto and HTC like to play nasty with the bootloaders Sammy makes those brick proof beauties that rarely hard kill during a flash or bizzy box install. LG never really paid attn if they get love from XDA though.

      2. I don’t have tjose hang ups over LG. I did have poor experience with the G2X but before the gingerbread update, the phone worjed very well. So i will go at it ahain with LG if this phone comes state side. I think LG will do a good job this time around. Lets not forget how Samsung was a couple of years before and during the existence of the Galaxy S line. And hrye learnwd from their mistakes.

        1. That’s the thing. While Samsung learned their lesson a long time back, LG refuses to do so. It’s foolish to trust a company like LG who hasn’t yet updated their dual-core flagship. Right now it’s all new devices with ICS out of the box, but nothing about older devices. :|

          1. I know that. But my last LG phone did get it’s update, though it caused havoc and i got rid of it before they relased a maintenance update. I agrea witj you on their current phones but i will watch them with this one and see what happens. Let’s see if they learned their lesson.

  7. The perfect phone specs other than no sd slot. I dont really care that much though. I want mine now.

    1. Good luck on updates! Look how they treated the G2X.

      1. But it got it’s updates just not to ics

  8. NO THANKS! Any phone with the LG logo on it is doomed from the start. No support, no SD card slot, no huge battery means NO $ from me. LG’s UI is horrible they seriously need to consider making Vanilla Android phones.

  9. well, certainly a quality device on paper but nothing that makes me say “WOW, this totally blows the GS3 away”. on paper its a better phone, just not dramatically better.

  10. Never again LG. I learned my lesson with the Revolution.

  11. Honestly, why are so many companies exluding microSD card slots? HTC, LG.. Why? Is it that hard to put in?

  12. Does anyone know if this phone supports T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network?

  13. Yeah, this really hits the sweet spot imo. It only lacks one thing I require in a new phone: the latest Android version. Unfortunately, I wont buy anything NEW that isn’t running the latest. It’s unfortunate because this thing is a beast but hopefully something comparable will be out around dec/jan.

  14. IDK, I have an LG Motion and this phone flies, the UI is a HUGE step forward compared to the ancient Revolution and G2X that everyone bitches and moans about, that’s the past. LG has definitely stepped their game up, I would definitely give this phone a shot when it hits U.S. shores, hopefully by then the geeks-including me will STFU about this not shipping with JB and an update will be available.

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