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LG's Snapdragon 4 powered 4.7-inch Android will touch down this holiday season

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) recently watched fellow South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of Apple.  But an opportunistic LG, whose smartphone division has been seriously improving of late, finally turning a profit, is looking to fill the void in the American market that mass bans of Samsung's lineup may bring.

LG today officially announced the Optimus G, a gorgeous 4.7-inch 1280x768 pixel display-equipped Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" (with an 4.1 "Jelly Bean" update on the horizon) smartphone.  The phone is powered by a quad-core 28 nm Snapdragon 4 from Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) (which ironically will likely be produced on Samsung's Texas chip line).

The phone also packs a healthy 2,100 mAh battery, a 13 megapixel camera, and 2 GB of DRAM.  Visually the phone is striking with no face buttons -- which should be helpful in avoiding potential Apple design lawsuits.
LG Optimus G
The only disappointment is that only the Japanese will receive the special candy red and black variant; global markets will receive black and white unicolor varieties.  The Japanese version will also include other perks -- waterproofing, infrared data transfer, osaifu-keitai mobile wallet, and OneSeg and Nottv mobile television services.
LG Optimus G Japan
The Japanese LG Optimus G receives a special color. [Image Source: The Verge]

The new phone is equipped with LTE.  It will launch in Sept. on all three major South Korean mobile carriers and in Japan in Oct.-Nov. on NTT Docomo, Inc.'s (TYO:9437) LTE network.  A U.S. launch is expected, but the month and carrier availability are still up in the air at this point.

Sources: LG [Google Translate], NTT Docomo



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Herp
By chµck on 8/28/2012 2:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
Apple lawsuit int 3...2...1...




RE: Herp
By FITCamaro on 8/28/2012 3:57:32 PM , Rating: 2
Derp.

Yup. Since you know they invented rectangular phones with rectangular edges. Nevermind every cellphone ever made has been a rectangle with rounded edges.


RE: Herp
By V-Money on 8/29/2012 12:22:05 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know, even though Judge Koh didn't allow Samsung to show prior art and the jury was filled with incompetent clowns, I don't think Apple would win against LG since all they would have to do is walk into the courtroom, toss an LG Prada or two to the judge and jury, inform them that this product was announced before the iPhone, and walk out with 2 middle fingers up.


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