LG today officially announced the Optimus LTE for the Korean market, a 4.5-inch HD phone that is sure to get you jealous. The phone sports Android 2.3 with a “True HD IPS” display, at 1280×720 resolution (720p) with a 322 pixels per inch count. When in comparison to the competition, this falls just a few pixels short of the iPhone’s retina display – the human eye wouldn’t and couldn’t be able tell the difference.
Additionally the Optimus LTE has 1GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most likely Snapdragon) with a 1830 mAh battery and a weight of 135 grams. On the backside it contains an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash, and a 1.3MP front facing camera. If that wasn’t enough, the device also comes with HDMI and DLNA capabilities. Unfortunately, 4GB of internal storage (with less being accessible) sits on the inside of the phone, however it does come preloaded with a 16GB microSD card.
Now we all know that Verizon is planning to launch the Revolution 2, could this be it? A leaked Verizon roadmap pointed to a October 20 launch date and we have already seen the device pass through the FCC.
However, the real question is – will this be “Bing”ed out?
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.