If you are in the market for new smartphone this November, and if you haven’t decided on the iPhone 5 yet, you may want to wrap your hands around LG’s new flagship phone. LG has released their Optimus G in South Korea, and according to the press release, Japan would get their share around October, with the US in line for November.
LG admits that the LG Optimus G is their first flagship phone with a real competitive edge. They have learned that lackluster flagship phones do not penetrate the market as they hoped, with their previous Optimus devices failing to wow consumers.
LG has a tough stigma to beat. Not only do they have to contend with international players, they also have to deal with fellow South Korean Samsung in local shores. Thanks to the legal spat between Samsung and Apple, South Korean mobile markets have gained a notorious “copycat” label.
In their press release, Park Jong-seok, the company’s mobile business president, said that they are trying to be competitive while making sure they differentiate their devices from their market rivals.
The LG Optimus G is an interdepartmental brainchild of the company. LG Display was the department that created the iPhone 5 displays. This same department was responsible for the design and production of the Optimus G’s display. Measured at 4.7 inches diagonally, the display is only slightly smaller than the Galaxy S3. It sports a 1,280 x 768 pixels resolution.
LG Chemical was responsible for the new battery that powers the device. The new battery is built to last up to 800 charge cycles, which is a lot more than the standard 500 charge cycles other batteries have. The battery is rated at 2,100mAh.
The new device features a 13 megapixel camera at the back. The sensors were apparently developed by Sony. The new camera application now accepts voice commands similar to the application of voice commands in the Galaxy S3 camera. In contrast, they only put in a 1.3 megapixel camera at the front, which is pretty standard.
Making everything work is a quad core Snapdragon processor, which should make everything significantly snappier than the dual core versions used by many devices today that sport LTE radios. All apps have sufficient breathing room thanks to the 2 GB RAM built into the device, which is very vital for the new QSlide multitasking feature.
The QSlide multitasking is like the Galaxy Note 10.1 side by side multitasking. The only difference is that instead of being sides by side, the apps are displayed right on top of each other, with both apps shown transparently, so that you are able to view and interact with both apps simultaneously. This will probably get you a few “wows” among peers, but usability is another thing.
Other features include an Icon Personalizer, Screen Zooming and Live Zooming while watching video, QMemo, and a Dual Screen Display, which allows your device to mirror the display on your TV or presenter, or to play different content simultaneously.
The Optimus G is certainly a powerful Android device. It is currently in Ice Cream Sandwich, but we expect to see a Jelly Bean update in the future.