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LG Ready to Launch the Optimus G for Korea With New UX Next Week, Rest of the Globe in October

It has been a while since LG produced a smartphone that one should get excited over after reading a press release, but that’s exactly what we have with the Optimus G, their newest flagship device. Launching next week in Korea, and the rest of the globe in October, this phone on paper, can’t be matched by any other smartphone in the world.  

With its Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13MP camera, 4.7″ True HD display, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, LTE, and new battery tech, this phone should make you drool a little. We have talked about super phones loosely over the last couple of years, however, this is probably the first true “super” phone. What’s interesting, is that LG isn’t necessarily bragging up the specs, even though they should. Instead, they are focusing on software and the brand new UI they have created.

LG is referring to it as an “engaging” UX. They are focusing on its ability to “cross-task” rather than simply multi-task. Basically, that means that you can accomplish tasks simultaneously without having to compromise other tasks. According to the press release, new features called QSlide, Live Zoom, Dual-Screen Dual-PLay, QuickMemo, and Screen Zoom are at the heart of it all. If you aren’t picking up the theme here, then let me explain. This new UX allows you to split your screen to accomplish multiple things and zoom in during video or on other tasks to accomplish everything easier.

They also improved camera experience, created a Crystal Reflection finish for the back of the device, and again, put in the newest tech possible to make the Optimus G nothing short of a beast.

LG has an event Wednesday morning in NYC at 8AM ET (5AM PT) which Kover will be at. We are fully expecting to see this device on display, which also means we’ll have hands-on time with it.

Come on, tell me you are at least somewhat excited for this phone?


LG’s New Flagship LTE Device Offers Superior User Experience for “Living Without Boundaries”

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, Snapdragon™ 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

The elegant yet sleek design and the imaginative UX experience displayed in the new Optimus G were possible thanks to a collection of technologies from industry-leading developers in their field.

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 Snapdragon™ 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.

Key Specifications:

   • Chipset: 1.5GHz Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor Quad-Core and LTE
   • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
   • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
   • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPlus (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
   • Memory: 32GB
   • RAM: 2GB DDR
   • Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
   • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
   • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
   • Weight: 145g
   • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

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  • Ethan Jeong

    This phone along with the LG Nexus phone should give LG an overdue entry into foreign markets

  • MikeCiggy

    They should have went a little more bold on the design, and also offer some colors to separate them from the market with their first possible hit smartphone device. The specs are where they need to be and the new features they are trying to add to android are exactly what needs to happen BUT cant comment until we know how it runs. Looking forward to your review of this phone DEFINITELY.

  • Not really, I’ll wait for HTC but this looks nice

  • Q’s

    This makes me excited for a Nexus LG

  • lookin straight grizzlay

  • John Jenness

    it’s sharp looking…and impressive specs and add-on features. I’d like to play with it.

  • rohicks

    I like the way the phone looks. Except the camera sticking out. This area should be flat with the rest of the back.

    • NyReynolds

      I agree but it still looks better than the motoroloa bump. Motorolas bump is ugly as sin.

  • RW-1

    The point is “on paper” … After the carriers dumb it down, it won’t be anything near what’s listed …

  • Jeff “Big Red”

    I’m thinking that Apple will have to sue them… Look at the phone… Which is sad because I HATE how hyped up the Iphones are….

    • Laki S.

      Why would they sue?? Because it’s a black rectangular phone with rounded edges? I don’t know how else manufacturers could make their phones different aside from making them in the shape of stars or circles. This whole “rounded corners” pantent is retarded beyond belief. This phone looks vaguely similar to the iPhone the same way every black cell phone with a flat back looks similar to each other.

  • Larizard

    With these super phones coming out from every Android manufacturer for the Holiday season (HTC’s Dicks, LG’s Optimus G, Motorola’s RAZRs), I’m beginning to doubt the five Nexus devices rumor…

    The only OEM that’s really haven’t announced a December line-up is Sony… And guess who’s been active in AOSP lately?

  • I can only say these specs are not earth shattering for what will come out by christmas. and From my experience with the G2x and LG on that phone. i strongly suggest you do not buy into the hype. the screen will be beautiful but unless they have hired new software engineers you will have the buggiest phone you have ever seen and their support is aweful and they lie through their teeth. add 3 months to any promises of updates and dont expect them to fix what they promised to get you past the first 2 weeks once you start getting those reboots.

  • LionStone

    Hmm, LG releasing their Kraken on the same day HTC having a press event?…I think they’re going after HTC to steal their thunder. Now if HTC can release their beast with JB, that would be nice!

  • bose301s

    Not with LG’s history of updates etc. The G2X was a very high end phone when it launched with the Tegra 2 and other things and it won’t be updated past Gingerbread. While I am a rooter and ROMmer, the problem is that no fully functioning ICS or JB ROMs exist for the phone because there are no drivers or kernel source released, so no, I won’t buy an LG phone.

    • KleenDroid

      That is what I was wondering. If they don’t make it easy for developers it would be a no go for me. I want something other than just another locked down phone.

    • JoshGroff

      Hellfire sandwich was good back when I had mine which was a few months ago (~5-6 I can only imagine it’s improved since then.)

    • JMonkeYJ

      if it’s a Nexus then LG’s update track record should be irrelevant

  • If I keep having GPS and screen issues with my Galaxy SIII even after multiple replacement phones and this thing comes to Verizon….I wonder if they will finally give in and let me choose a different phone like this when it comes out.

  • The last LG phone I owned was the Cingular LG CU 500 flip phone. I’m all in on this phone, if the benchmarks are what I expect them to be. I’m sick of my DROID X (original). I’m just dreading waiting 6 more weeks.

    • Diablo81588

      That phone was a BEAST. Way ahead of its time, especially with that awesome swivel cam. Its too bad Cingular/ATT sucked so back, or I’d probably still be using it.

  • Droid4All

    I love how this guy’s bragging about his phone to his friend in the picture. “Oh, I can text and watch a movie at the same time!”

    • LionStone

      That’s pretty badass 🙂 And I’m talking about the whole phone in general…will definitely weigh it up with the HTC beast

  • AnGeLFaCe777

    This device should represent LG again. They did very well with the voyager when Motorola and other devices were going down hill. I want Sony to do good too.

  • Knlegend1

    Sounds great but can’t be on Verizon to get it. This would be the LG phone I’d be all over. That camera is it using an 8 MP sensor?

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      If they put good sensor on this camera, it will be the super phone that we have been waiting as Kellex mentioned.

  • James Jun

    Looking at the state of the supposed enhanced ‘UX’ on Samsung and LG devices by ‘professionals’, I’m disappointed. They just don’t get it, and make decisions that in the end are not intuitive or any more friendly to the user than stock Android is, if not worse.

    Is it Korean pride, that they can do better than Google? No recents, weird implementation of UI even on Jelly Bean and ICS, and else talk another story.

    As a fellow Korean UX practitioner, I’m utterly disappointed at LG’s and Samsung’s work.

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      I am agreeing with you. It happened in the world champion baseball games. Korean decided to pitch to Ichiro because of their pride. These manufactures need to stop that. Motorola are going on the right direction when it comes to the UI. It is the closest to stock android. I love Jelly bean on my Nexus 7.

      • KleenDroid

        Ha… you start out many responses with “I am agreeing with you” and you still get down voted…

        • AnGeLFaCe777

          That’s funny lol! They are the sensitive nexus’s fan that I hurt before lol.

  • Charlie

    Engadget already has a hands on article and they don’t think to highly of the screen. Says the One X still has a better screen.

  • 2001400ex

    Why can’t a manufacturer match the 3,000 mah battery of the razr?

    • DJyoSNOW

      The note 2 has a beffy battery. So now I’m really tempted because of the 13 mp camera. That is a no brainer game changer.

  • fanboy1974

    Wouldn’t it be a surprise if the Samsung Note 2 had an S4 quad core chip for LTE compatibility. Not sure how the quad core exynos can be included unless their using extra hardware. That would seal the deal for me.

  • Bewara2009

    I’ll hate that “G” spot alright!

  • Really hope it comes to US soon.

  • The Lg intuition on Verizon has a very nice build quality so I’m stoked to try this phone that’s not an ugly square. The HTC dlx is tempting also

    • Diablo81588

      Just saw the LG phablet in the store. My guess is they won’t sell any, lol..

  • tech247

    Its an LG so my woody is tempered…..

  • RageAgainstTheMachine

    What are the chances this phone ever makes it to Verizon? + or – 30% ?

  • Michael_NM

    I wouldn’t dare…

  • Pmagent2013

    If it was anyone except lg than maybe.

  • Gel

    I’ll wait until Droid-Life reviews this phone or shares their opinion once they get their hands on the device to even consider this phone when there’s options like the Note 2, S3 or the new Nexus or the new HTC phone.

  • Bradley Albert Nemitz

    Is that on-screen nav keys? Or are they just hidden in the black?

    • cleetose

      No on screen keys unfortunately, which is a deal breaker for me.

  • nope. nexus or bust.

    • michael arazan

      But LG is making a nexus, and if this phone becomes popular, the next nexus could have these specs as well, which is great IMO. These specs I’d like with vanilla android.

      • LiterofCola

        That makes too much sense for him to comprehend.

  • Their phones have always felt cheap and looked cheap. Its so hard for me to every get on board with their products. Their updates are slow and their UI is just ugly. Hopefully the new UI is better.

  • b00mb00mchuck

    I can get onboard with this… I’ve always said LG had the potential to put out the best products but when phones went smart… they kinda lost the edge… I loved my LG Dare… and the good oil’ LG Envy Touch… they always had the killer keyboards… hope they jump back in here solid… show other manufacturers how to take big steps… how long have we had dual core with 1GB of RAM… like a frickin year now?!?! Time to move forward!!!

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      I am agreeing with you all these carriers have the potential to make super phone, but they decide to leave one or two features behind.

      • btod

        And although this is a beast of a phone, given lg’s track record, and the carrier’s, we may never see a jellybean update on this phone.

    • As a fellow LG eNV Touch user, I agree.

      Their smartphone haven’t been cutting it with me, but that thing looks sexy. Loving the specs, too.

      But I’m too scared to switch from my Galaxy Nexus with a second Nexus (if not more?) coming out in a few months.

      • It seems like LG is taking its original design back from iPhone.

    • New_Guy

      In all honesty, I bought an LG dare almost 6 years ago, and I just sold it to a friend of my wife not long ago….because the thing still works!!! Of course, she needed to buy a new battery, but I can’t believe how good the build quality was for that as a feature phone. My wife also had the Voyager which had integrated TV with antenna (on a feature phone!!!). The Dare was last the LG I’ve gotten excited about…

      Until now.

    • LGs dumbphones were the best back in the day! Their smartphones have not been impressive.

  • RageAgainstTheMachine

    Battery: 2,100mAh?? Major Fail!.. you will be lucky to get past 4pm on all day LTE..

    • Justin

      Its the same, size that’s in the SGSIII, and that lasts quite a while. Hell, my Bionic lasts all day, and I spend a LOT of time browsing the web and playing games on it throughout a normal day. I don’t think it will have a problem lasting all day.

      • Paul

        Maybe, but this phone has a quadcore (asymmetric clocking, but still) and the graphics is twice as fast, but could suck up a lot more juice – especially with new games that will come out that utilize it. It’s hard to tell before we get some tests rolling.

  • This or something like this should be the next nexus

    • Larizard

      Definitely. This is certainly pushing the hardware forward, something that OEMs haven’t been doing lately.

  • BigFonz

    It looks really nice. Hopefully it lives up to what they say it will do.

  • kselby

    Guessing you posted this before I tipped you guys. Touche.