LG Optimus G Announced, One of the First Smartphones to Use Qualcomm's Quad Core Snapdragonby Stefan Constantinescu on August 28, 2012 9:55 AM EST
Today LG has announced the Optimus G (LG-F180), the company's first smartphone to use Qualcomm's APQ8064, otherwise known as the Snapdragon S4 Pro. Under the hood there are four Krait cores humming along at 1.5 GHz, the Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. There's also 4G LTE support, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, and a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. That translates to 317.6 pixels per inch.
The screen, which LG refers to as the "G2 Touch Hybrid Display", is said to deliver 470 nits of brightness and be 30% thinner than LG's previous screens. This is achieved by eliminating "the gap between the glass and the LCD panel". Translation: The glass and the touch sensor are now integrated (on-cell rather than in-cell). The battery, rated at 2100 mAh, is said to have a lifespan of 800 charge cycles, though that'll obviously need to be tested.
Speaking about testing, we benchmarked an APQ8064 reference platform last month.
When will this device hit the market? According to LG it'll land in South Korea next month. Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO says it will offer their customers the Optimus G in October or November. No word as to the rest of the world. There's no pricing information either.
Other things to note: Android 4.0 is on-board, not Android 4.1, and no date has been given regarding upgrades. The Optimus G also weighs 145 grams and measures 131.9 mm x 68.9 mm x 8.45 mm. That compares favorably to the HTC One X, which also has a 4.7 inch display, yet comes in at 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 130 grams.
Update: Technically the Xiamoi Mi-Two was the first smartphone powered by a Qualcomm APQ8064 to be announced, but it's not going to come out until October. That and chances are it's not going to be available outside of China.