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Design is expected to have a 13 MP camera, pack 2 GB of DRAM and a voice-over-LTE capable modem

To say South Korea's LG Electronics, Inc. (KS:066570) has struggled in the smartphone era would be to put it lightly.  LG has plummeted in the sales rankings, even as local rival Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) has banked massive profits.  But a leadership shakeup has appeared to breathe life into the struggling giant, which has released a more impressive selection of Android handsets of late.

But LG's latest rumored flagship phone may put those modest recent efforts to shame, perhaps earning the distinction of being the most powerful Android smartphone on the market.

The superphone is rumored to be codenamed the "Eclipse 4G LTE".  Much like Eclipse super star destroyer of the fictional Star WarsDark Empire universe, this will prove one mean smartphone.

It is rumored to pack a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 4 (APQ8064) core -- Qualcomm Inc.'s (QCOM) top of the line new 28 nm CPU.  What's more it's rumored to have an industry-leading 2 GB of DRAM, paired with an impressive 13 megapixel camera.  And the phone will come with a voice-over LTE (VoLTE) chip from Qualcomm (the MDM9615), supporting both LTE voice and data traffic (VoLTE isn't expected to be brought onboard system-on-a-chip designs until next year).  The only modest spec item is the 16 GB of NAND -- but there's expected to be a microSD slot, so that should be more than enough.
Eclipse 4G LTE
A shot of the prototype LG Eclipse 4G LTE [Image Source: BriefMobile]

The phone was first exposed by BriefMobile, who stated that they expect it to land in Q4 2012.  The Verge chimed in, commenting that this was possible, but not to count on it, as the phone was clearly a prototype.  Writes The Verge:

The phone itself, unhelpfully pictured from the back, appears to be a proof-of-concept prototype rather than a production-ready device, with an exposed aerial port and unfinished branding.

If the Eclipse does indeed come to fruition, LG may see some serious interest from Android buyers eager to get their hands on this ridiculously powerful smartphone.

Sources: BriefMobile, TheVerge



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Reference
By DBCooper71 on 5/12/2012 2:23:17 AM , Rating: 3
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Much like Eclipse super star destroyer of the fictional Star Wars: Dark Empire universe


Sorry, Jason, just because the phone happens to be code-named Eclipse you had to come up with that reference?




RE: Reference
By 1ceTr0n on 5/12/2012 2:35:50 AM , Rating: 3
Better then Star Trek


RE: Reference
By Boze on 5/14/2012 9:54:54 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree. Star Trek provides a better vision of the future than Star Wars in my opinion. Of course, Star Wars actually takes place in the past, and nowhere near Earth, but still.

Easy-to-use computers - "Computer: Tea, Earl Grey, Hot."
Advanced medicine - Cancer? LOL no prob!
Easier transportation - "Shuttle craft? I'll take the transporter, thanks."

I could go on, but you get the picture.


RE: Reference
By Reclaimer77 on 5/14/2012 12:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
In certain aspects the technology of Star Wars far surpasses Star Trek. In Star Trek, for example, it takes years to travel from one side of the galaxy to another. In Star Wars "hyperdrive" apparently takes you halfway across the galaxy in a matter of hours and is as routine as taking a bus.

Weapons and shielding? Hands down Star Wars. They even have the technology to explode a planet with a giant space-laser.

This guy really breaks this down.

http://www.stardestroyer.net/Empire/Essays/FiveMin...


RE: Reference
By Aloonatic on 5/12/2012 8:51:35 AM , Rating: 5
Better than a Twilight reference.


Great to see the competition
By WalksTheWalk on 5/11/2012 1:57:23 PM , Rating: 3
Everyone gunning for their place in the Android game will force everyone to improve, innovate or otherwise get out.




RE: Great to see the competition
By Warwulf on 5/12/2012 8:19:15 AM , Rating: 2
But will this make my Angry Birds run any better?


RE: Great to see the competition
By bennyg on 5/12/2012 2:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
Meh. I don't see much really, yet another "don't buy a SGS3 yet" rumour alongside the "don't buy a SGN yet" rumours of a 4.7 inch LG phablet.

Still using my Droid 2 because of its slide keyboard... which is another point, until the UI improves (voice recognition? mind-reading??) I see very little point to a quad core as the usage profiles to take serious advantage just aren't there in smartphones, yet. At least Android has task-switching so a 2nd core has something to do lol.

At least with power gating and turbo, a quad is not guaranteed to be hotter and hungrier, and still slower most of the time than a faster-clocked dual core, like it once was (2x2.5GHz T9300 > 4x2.0GHz Q9000)


Specs dont matter
By cknobman on 5/11/2012 2:04:02 PM , Rating: 4
LG is making this which means it will be a piece of sh!t with buggy firmware/software and little to no support.




RE: Specs dont matter
By Jigar2speed on 5/14/2012 12:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
I have an optimus 2X since past 2 years and you have zero idea what you are talking about.


I'd like to see....
By nrhpd527 on 5/11/2012 2:41:23 PM , Rating: 3
...less carrier input and bloat and more choices than the (still somehow) neutered Galaxy Nexus. I'd like to see each of the major players bring out a Nexus line phone with nothing but the Android Open Source Project version of ICS (or Jellybean or whatever) on it. This would force the carriers to quit turning off stuff like NFC, etc. and increase the # of phones that get updated by Google ASAP.

It is the slow pace of updates that has FORCED me to root and load custom ROMs via XDA-Developers. If there was a steady stream of carrier updates for ICS, etc, then I wouldn't mess with rooting, etc.




By XZerg on 5/11/2012 2:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
On the wait-bandwagon for android tablets to get these sort of specs with an IPS HD+ resolution screen, a usb port and hdmi port, all this with a price that does not require someone to rob a bank - hint less/equal to the new icrap price.




Samsung gambled big...
By 1ceTr0n on 5/11/2012 10:15:09 PM , Rating: 2
With the unique, huge and expensive Galaxy Note and its working out well for them with pushing designs, features and risky phone ideas and its made them become near the top. Maybe nokias new luminia and lgs Badboy will do the same for them.




Is it just me?
By integr8d on 5/12/2012 3:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
Or does it seem like every tech site is pointing traffic toward The Verge?




what about battery life
By stardude692001 on 5/12/2012 2:53:33 PM , Rating: 1
And with a battery life measured in minutes instead of hours this phone will be completely useless. Hell I don't even see the use of quad core chips in laptops if you plan to use them on battery.
Who is going waste their time to program quad core support into their mobile software? Do most apps out today even support dual core chips?




Poor android...
By BigEdMan on 5/11/12, Rating: -1
RE: Poor android...
By BigEdMan on 5/11/2012 4:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oops... I meant to include the following quote at the start of that post.
"perhaps earning the distinction of being the most powerful Android smartphone on the market."


RE: Poor android...
By bill4 on 5/11/2012 6:50:54 PM , Rating: 2
lol yea, what has windows phone sold, 200 phones this month?


RE: Poor android...
By JKflipflop98 on 5/13/2012 12:16:55 PM , Rating: 2
The wintel superduo is moving into this sector, sir.

It will take them some time to get into firing position. Loot what we can before they're set, then get us the hell out of here.


RE: Poor android...
By DBCooper71 on 5/12/2012 2:25:42 AM , Rating: 3
Your reference to Down's Syndrome is completely unwarranted and tasteless. I hope you get downrated.


RE: Poor android...
By B3an on 5/13/2012 10:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
I'm down with the kids with downz.


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