MWC 2012: LG unveils Optimus 4X HD quad core phone plus five other devices

News 15:09, 26 Feb 2012

LG takes the wraps of its 2012 Optimus range, including its Optimus 4X HD quad core flagship

LG has officially showcased its new quad core Optimus 4X HD smartphone for the first time at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with other Optimus handsets in its new ‘L-Style' range.

The company's latest flagship handset, which runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, took centre stage alongside other devices including the LG Optimus Vu, Optimus LTE Tag,  Optimus L3, Optimus L5 and Optimus L7.

The Optimus 4X HD measures 8.9mm thick and features what LG describes as a ‘prism-edged design'. Inside it's equipped with Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz and carries a '12-core' graphics processing unit (GPU), 16GB of on-board storage and 1GB of RAM.

With previous LG phones, such as the Optimus 3D, we've encountered some battery issues, but it seems the company has gone to great lengths to fix this problem. The Optimus 4X HD not only utilises the Tegra 3 chipsets additional ‘companion core' to optimise power efficieny but it features a hefty 2150mAh battery pack.

‘The Tegra 3 processor is the world's only 4-PLUS-1(tm) quad-core mobile processor designed for high-level multimedia performance that also utilises a fifth battery-saver core to handle less demanding tasks,' said LG's press release, ‘What's more, the enhanced 2000mAh battery ensures users will be able to work, browse and game for longer.'

On the back is an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash and a ‘Backside Illumination' (BSI) sensor, while on the front you're treated to a 4.7-inch ‘True HD IPS display' with a staggering 1280x720 pixel resolution, which should push out a 312 pixel-per-inch pixel density for some pretty cracking visuals. Also mounted on the front is a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera.

LG is promising ‘PC-like performance' from the new quad core smartphone, along with ‘seamless multi-tasking' and ‘lightning-fast web browsing'.

Steve Gater, CE consumer marketing director said: ‘In 2012, LG has been sure to reinforce its commitment to cutting edge technology and innovation. We're delighted to be bringing one of the first quad-core smartphones to the UK and to provide consumers with groundbreaking speed and power in the palm of their hand.'

According to LG's press release the Optimus 4X HD will launch in Korea at first, though no date has been specified, it will then be made available in the UK ‘later in the year'.

Alongside the Optimus 4X HD, LG's new ‘L-Style' range was showcased. The Optimus L7 features a ‘cinematic wide-viewing' 4.3-inch display and a thin 8.8mm body, while the L5 and L3 come with 4-inch and 3.5-inch screens respectively. The L3 is LG's new compact model with a 3-megapixel camera and a ‘longer lasting battery'.

"Great style and design has always been central to LG's mobile offering," said Gater, "with L-Style we believe we have developed a truly unique identity that represents the next step in LG design."

The LG Optimus Vu will be LG's answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note, with a large form factor, a 5-inch 1024x768 pixel IPS display, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 32MB of storage space and 1GB of RAM housed in its 8.5mm shell. It'll also feature an 8-megapixel primary camera with flash, a 1.3-megapixel front-facer, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 2080mAh battery.

Lastly, the Optimus LTE Tag will utilise LG's new tag system, which allows you to configure certain settings and activities to a series of NFC tags, meaning you can, for instance, activate Wi-Fi with a swipe. This phone is only pegged for a Korean release right now, but LG strongly hinted that it would ‘launch these features in the UK'.

The  Optimus LTE Tag's feature list includes a 1.2GHz dual core processor, a 4.3-inch IPS display at 800x480 pixels, 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera with flash and a 1.3-megapixel secondary. It'll run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is fitted with a 1700mAh battery.



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