LG leads with the first quad core LTE phone: the Optimus G

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The LG optimus G Front and back The South Korean electronics brand LG, is one of the most powerful Android smartphone OEMs. Sure, they don’t get as much face time as fellow South Korean Samsung, but they are making a pretty good name for themselves in LTE smartphones.

Developing areas of the world have begun to adopt LTE services in their carrier networks. Why LTE? Simply because it is much faster than 3G and it is more efficient use of frequency bands. This simply means that if the networks adopt LTE only in their network, they can cater to more people in the future.

LG made a name for itself in selling LTE devices. They have recently announced that they have sold over 5 million LTE devices around the world.

LTE is still very young, and there are still improvements to be made. LTE still melts your battery like an ice cube on a heated stove, but at least it drives your internet needs just as fast. Ever wonder why the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the HTC One X both have quad core processors for the international versions, but only sports a dual core processor for the US LTE versions? One thing peculiar about LTE is that it doesn’t play well with quad core processors.

LG Optimus G written in black background That is until LG launched its The Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 powered LG Optimus G, the first quad core device to mix well with LTE. The new processor is also tested to be much faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3 Exynos Processor, and trumps the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor as well.

The build of the LG Optimus G certainly looks like the company plans to lead the next generation of devices. It sports a 4.7 inch display which is just slightly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S3, and sports a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels. It is a WXGA True HD IPS+ Display with a 320ppi pixel density. This display uses LG’s new G2 Touch Hybrid Display for touchscreen panels, which are slightly reminiscent of the rumored iPhone 5’s in-cell technology.

Apart from the wicked processor, LG includes the Adreno 320 GPU in the fray, giving it the best graphics to date. It also seeks to triumph over current generation 8 megapixel cameras such as the one used on the Samsung Galaxy S3 by placing a hefty 13 megapixel camera at the back. Too bad they had to nerf the front camera by placing a low 1.3 megapixel camera.

The LG Optimus G sports a 2100 mAh battery, which is similar in capacity to the Samsung Galaxy S3. The main difference is instead of only 500 charge cycles, LG’s new battery has a lifespan of 800 charge cycles.

Probably the only disappointing thing about the new LG Optimus G is that it will arrive dressed in Android Ice Cream Sandwich. One would expect that at this point in the game, Jelly Bean should come right out of the box. It sure doesn’t help that LG is notorious for painfully slow updates, so as much as this is sure to get Jelly Bean sooner or later, we may see it later than sooner.

Overall, the new device is a beast. Despite the fact it only runs ICS for now, LG made sure to add a few awesome features such as Live Zooming, Dual Screen Dual Play, and the familiar Time Catch Shot and Cheese Shutter. If you are not already locked in to a Galaxy S3 right now, will you get LG Optimus G when it comes out?

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