When’s the ideal time to unveil a flagship superphone? When your Korean competition is issued a $1,055,855,000 legal sanction of course. Yes, LG’s newly announced Optimus G (we assume P was taken) is a long-rumored 4.7-inch handset that measures 8mm thick and is the first LTE phone to sport Qualcomm’s quad-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. Leveraging advances from the company’s display business, the cutting-edge handset also features a 1280 x 768 IPS HD screen complete with a 3mm bezel that matches the devices body color when turned off, and in-cell touch technology — which is rumored to appear in the iPhone 5 and reduces thickness. Then there’s the 32GB of storage, 2GB of ram, an Adreno 320 GPU, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL, NFC, a whopping 2,100mAh battery, and even a 13MP rear and a 1.3 MP front camera for good measure.
On the software front, things are slightly disappointing, since the G will initially ship with LG’s customized version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Tweaks like Dual Screen Dual Play mirroring for externals displays, which allows users to view two different tasks at once, as well as “Cheese Shutter” for voice command-based photo captures, are at least appealing additions though.
As of now, the handset is set to launch in Korea and Japan this fall, but there’s no word on when it’ll come stateside. Here’s hoping they act fast though. As litigious as we are, billion dollar verdicts still don’t come every day.
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