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LG Optimus G Preview

LG Optimus G

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This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.

LG Optimus G Preview
Note: This preview is based on our experience with the Korean version of the LG Optimus G. However, it is expected to be almost identical to the international version of the handset.


Ever since we've had LTE and quad-core processors, we've dreamt of one thing – to have both of these amazing features in a single device! Thanks to LG and their latest flagship smartphone, the Optimus G, this is now no longer a dream, but reality. The LG Optimus G will be the first handset to take advantage of the super-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, which makes having all of this technology in a single device possible.

As a matter of fact, the Optimus G (in case you're wondering, the “G“ doesn't stand for anything specific) has been announced since a couple of weeks now, but today LG held an official introduction in South Korea, so we actually got a chance to play with it on the company's own turf. And boy is this thing fast! The Optimus G might as well be the fastest phone we've used to date.

But we have a lot more to tell you about it. Read on to learn all the details surrounding this fresh and promising smartphone!


It's easy to recognize the characteristic L-style design language in the LG Optimus G. Ever since the L phones and the Prada 3.0 came around, the manufacturer has been using this specific styling for its higher-tier devices, and we have to admit that we kind of like it. The mostly rectangular shape of the Optimus G, together with the overall simplistic nature of its exterior all lead to a classy and eye-catching appearance that's not that easy to find in the Android world.

LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview

Although “simplistic” is the name of the game for the Optimus G, that doesn't mean that LG hasn't paid attention to the subtle details. Pretty much all the elements like the keys and the camera lens have been decorated with a stylish chrome-like trim, while a couple of screws at the bottom add a little sense of sophistication.

Probably the most intriguing part of the LG Optimus G's design, though, is its non-removable back cover. With the G, LG has tried to escape from its usual plastic designs, and has instead relied on something a little bit more premium – glass. We say “a little bit”, because the exact implementation in this case isn't anything mind-blowing, but it's still much-appreciated. What's equally interesting about it is the specific finish, or pattern, that LG has used. The company is calling it Crystal Reflection, and has even patented it. The idea behind it is that it gives an interesting and different look to the back of your phone, depending on the angle at which light falls on it. In our opinion, the specific look of Crystal Reflection certainly isn't for everyone. It does make the phone appear somewhat fresh and eye-catching, but it isn't something we'd really care for.

LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview

Overall, LG has designed the Optimus G very well. Even though it sports a very large 4.7” display, it sits relatively comfortably in the hand, thanks to LG trying to shrink the bezel as much as possible. And the company's designers have really done a good job, seeing that they've managed to make it slightly shorter, narrower and even thinner than the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III.


The Optimus G features a gorgeous 4.7” display with an ultra-high resolution of 768x1280 pixels. All of this makes for a beautiful pixel density of 318 ppi, which is slightly higher than that of its rivals.

As we said, the screen is gorgeous. It uses the in-cell touch technology (also present in the iPhone 5), which allows for even more saturated IPS-LCD display. We really like these colors, because they are very vivid and lively, but also quite natural. Color temperature seems to come extremely close to the real deal, but it should be noted that the display obviously isn't the brightest one around. Not that it lacks in brightness, but it's not dazzling either.

The viewing angles of the screen are also quite impressive. What we didn't like about it, however, is that it seems to lack any sort of fingerprint-resistant coating. Once we started using it, it was immediately covered in nasty fingerprints, kind of marring the device's pristine look. It's worth noting that we've been using a pre-production unit for this preview, so with a little bit of luck, things might stand differently in the final unit.

When it comes to toughness, though, LG has made sure to include Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 for extra sturdiness and scratch-resistance.

LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview
LG Optimus G Preview

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posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:08 5

1. GoBears (Posts: 449; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Nice phone but bad camera. No thanks.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:28 5

2. e.wvu (unregistered)

Bad camera?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:30 5

3. MATOZ (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

do you see 8 or 13 megapixels, stated?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:55 10

8. GoBears (Posts: 449; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Megapixels do not mean jack with a sensor that small. Did you see that nighttime photo? Looked as bad as my Razr lol.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:26

44. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

You're right, those who have any knowledge of technology, either in a phone or real camera, already know that MP doesn't mean squat without a good lens. thank you for knowing what you're talking about.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:43 1

59. Eunice.twin (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I think the guy didn't wipe the lense before he took photos.
Check GSMArena's...The photos are amazing!!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 22:16 3

36. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Sorry but I have to agree with him. The camera looks bad. Given the fact that they're using a 13MP camera sensor. They could have made use of a better software and algorithms to reduce noise.

G is a high-end device that deserves to be the best in every aspect. But the images captured with it shows an average quality shots. They could have made it better, besides it's one of the major aspects of a smartphone.

But nonetheless, the phone is a beast.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:57

49. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

The 808 Pureview's sensor is nearly 7 times larger.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:46

51. eyad_996 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)

Why are cameras so hard to make, just get a bigger sensor!!!
is that hard, it doesn't have to be like the 808's sensor. we can live with a bit bigger sensor, it doesn't have to be small to make the phone look good

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:57

62. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I think a bigger sensor would make the overall phone thicker. To shine enough light on a larger sensor would mean greater distance between the lens and the sensor. Simple physics.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 22:25

63. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

The problem isn't the sensor. The problem is the lens. The lens has to have more depth to feed the larger sensor which increases the phone's thickness.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 18:54 1

21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3751; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Talking about what's not good...camera is good enough. What's not, is the non-removable battery and no micro SD slot. Sure non-removable battery is already a standard issue but it feels like the stuff is a disposable one. Like one of those use and throw disposable cameras we used to have.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 19:53

22. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Samsung Galaxy S4 will be 2GB Ram, 128GB memory, 12mp, etc. will beat the new LG Optimus in 2013.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:41 7

25. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

What year are you living in?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:24

43. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

it's apparent you don't know what you're talking about. got any more of what it was you smoked for me? geez.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:55

61. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:56 3

30. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

From the image samples, the camera performs better in low-light situations than the iPhone 4S, which is a high performer itself.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:01

50. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Any info about the phones specs in the US. I bet they will use the 8970T for the US.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:15 1

55. koko0605 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

the camera lens should have been cleaned more....

the best shot comes from the clean condition.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:29 1

56. firestarter (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I've invited to the Optimus G's Korean launch event and had a chance to play the camera. It was fantastic actually.. equipped with IPS True HD+.. what's more? The reviewer let the camera set wrong..probs :(

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 22:26

64. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

What about the display?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:42

58. Eunice.twin (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I think the guy didn't wipe the lense before he took photos.
Check GSMArena's...The photos are amazing!!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:53

60. newsmeister.china (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

It does say PROTOTYPE. Give it a chance, man!

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:48

65. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

I would love to see LG use their 1080p 5 inch screen. But that's just me.

posted on 04 May 2013, 12:00

66. mallguvner (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 May 2013)

Very bad camera. I bought it thinking the 13 megapixels would just be a huge improvement on my 5 mp HTC Shift. No crispness to any photo. Fuzz ball once you zoom in at all. I was absolutely shocked. I loved the phone side. Very fast, well put together, decent battery life and just a nice looking screen. But the pictures just shocked me. I went back in figuring I'd get a new phone and the gal at Sprint told me they looked fine. I took a picture with my old HTC, showed it to her zoomed in and compared it to one we took in the store. We then went to a display phone to see if it did the same. Exactly as bad. On top of that I actually do shoot kids ice hockey pictures with a Canon so I wasn't expecting a lot out of a phone but this thing is woefully inadequate. Trying to Google some opinions on the bad camera in this phone seems to be a problem so I was really thinking I had a bad phone. But I guess the search is disabled for problem searching or no one has a clue. A shame too as I ended up with the new HTC One and there's not a lot of difference other then the camera is great on the HTC.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:31 9

4. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

When LG released the LG G2X (Optimus 2X). It was touted as the most powerful phone ever. However, there are other things to consider when getting a phone. The G2X suffered from rebooting and freezing issues. Also, the carriers in the states haven't updated it to Ice Cream Sandwich. I can only hope that LG has addressed these issues with this phone, however I'll never buy a LG phone again.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:28 1

38. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

well, an update has alr been released (b4 GB) tt fixed the freezing and rebooting issues (not too sure bout the States tho), and i rmb phonearena saying that the G2x wont be getting updated to ICS. i guess it sucks to be living in the USA sometimes, esp with all these annoying carriers

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:34 5

5. cGmC11 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

No Wireless Charging! Ouch!!!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:50 9

17. e.wvu (unregistered)

That's not really big at the moment. Nokia seems to be the first to push it.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:29 1

39. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

nokia wasnt the first to push it -.- LG was. with the Revolution

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:50 3

6. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Wow.you guys are so picky! My first phone was the Sony Walkman w810i and a couple years later we have this and people still complain like no wireless charging. Sheesh...

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 18:00

18. bucky (Posts: 2563; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

That and the k800 are still my 2 favorite phones!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:45

26. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

This is PhoneArena. PHONE.....ARENA. Go google the definition of these words. Or in your case, get out your dusty webster's dictionary from 1950.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 21:24 4

34. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I actually have what looks to be an 80's version lol

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 16:53 3

7. d_eagle (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Is the bootloader locked or unlocked?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:01 3

9. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

just stay away people....for your own sake
save your hard earned money and wait for another phone from any other manufacture with that killer chipset
they are just horrible with the software...go see lg phones sections in xda forums(especially Optimus 3d forum) and see how everyone is complaining and saying lg never again...they always combine great hardware with crappy software...and they take forever/don't update their phones...we are still waiting for ics for 2X,black,and 3D....

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:08 4

10. d_eagle (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Optimus 4X HD has a pretty well made software. You can't judge this phone until it will come put. Even if you had a bad experience with LG, this doesn't mean that LG will be crap in future too.
Sony is making good phones today, but its X10 series was a complete fail... this proves that everybody can learn from past mistakes.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:20 3

11. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

you may be right about this one..altough i haven't personaly tried the 4x...but you gonna see how long it gonna take them to upgrade it to jellybean...

also...when a company tries to improve and learn from their past mistakes..they must look into their past devices and at least fix their problems..im telling you man...without the custom gb roms with custom kernels from the few xda developers...the phone wouldn't be stable(i am an optimus 3D owner btw)

and belive me im not the only one with bad experince with lg...most of 2X/3D/Black owners have/had bad experince with them...how do i know?see xda forum and check their facebook page

you are right....just because they were bad in the past doesn't mean they gonna be bad in future...but considering we are not talking about bad experince with one device...we are talking about their top devices..kinda makes me skip even trying their new phones....but maybe thats just me

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:31 2

13. d_eagle (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Yea, but 2X, Black and 3D are gonna get ICS in these days. Update is already out in Korea, I think it's going to roll out in the international market too.
This could be a good starting point for LG's return

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:38 1

15. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

i really hope that happens..its the only thing im still hanging to my optimus 3d right now

but i want you to check post #788 in this Page:

also,to make things even worse...they started to lock bootloaders since ICS(4x comes with a locked bootloader,the ics for the korean 3d locks the bootloader too...at least thats what i read)

im not trying to just attack here...i just wanted to show you how bad things are with them

just look 2 posts under this post(GoBears Post) and buggerrer post(7 posts up)
you can see im not alone...and you'll find stuff like these in every lg phone related article

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:50 1

27. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

All the phones you mention are old. Stuff can change drastically in a year, and it has.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:19

37. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

we'll see about that.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:21 1

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

i think the camera shots were pretty damn good! and yea that night time shot was a bit bright or ......blurry? i wanna say, but maybe it was the dude taking the shot more than anything........overall we still jus need to see more reviews before making a final decision but so far the optimus G looks ready to go........ good job LG :)

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:32 2

14. GoBears (Posts: 449; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Sorry, just don't have much faith in LG after a short run with the spectrum. They make killer displays but their software is horrid.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 17:45 5

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

how about we wait on more thorough reviews before making their product sound un-enticing?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 18:36 1

19. osanilevich (Posts: 284; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

I think if LG went to work on their night photo taking software between now and release, they'd have the phone of the year on their hands as that is the only problem I see here. Also, is it true this phone won't have a microSD slot?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 18:42 1

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

yea but it does come with 32 gb installed so that should be MORE than enough.......unless you're like a professional photographer or video editer that is.........

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:53

28. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

They said 64k was enough way back when.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:13 3

23. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

I actually have the LG Nitro HD and my phone was upgraded to 4.0.4 and I have to say I haven't had any problems with it at all. I like LG phones and they have never done me wrong in the past. I'm thinking this will be my next phone, as I'm looking to come over to Verizon from ATT.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:25 1

24. GoBears (Posts: 449; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

That's the beauty of Android and all the manufacturers. There's a phone for everybody!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:57

31. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Nope not for everyone. I have yet to find one for me. This one doesn't even register. It's a black slab with chrome rim. Like a million others. And the UI still looks like Android.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 20:54 1

29. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

But I have to say the battery life SUX on my phone. Thats the only problem I have with my LG Nitro HD, is that it came with a 1,800mah battery and I found a 2,1000mah extended battery for it, but it still needs to be charged like twice a day. I'm torn between getting a phone like this with an awesome resolution, Snapdragon 4pro processor, 13 megapixel camera, etc....versus getting a phone like the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD with a battery of 3,300mah which would last all day.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 21:08 1

32. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Camera sucks for a flagship. Blurry and noisy with bad colors, even the outdoor shots. 13MP means nothing. Just like the 12MP in Sony's phones. Both Samsung and Apple have much better, sharper, and far less noisy cameras. HTC has a sharper camera as well with less noise, but awful colors. LG is in the bottom half with Sony and Motorola, still.

Deisng is awful. It looks like a G2x. The G2x was boring as hell. It looks like every other generic black slab chrome rim phone in existence from Samsung, ZTE, Huawei, Pantech, etc. All the shiny elementst make it look extra cheap. The glass in the back just looks like an extra thick coating of gloss most companies put on cheap phones for the "sex" appeal. Fingerprints and dirty glass are not sexy. The white looks better than the black since you can't see the gloss, glare, or fingerprints and dirt. Just an awful design in general though.

The big icons and terrible choice of wallpaper do not showcase the HD IPS screen. I can neither tell its HD, or has vibrant colors, since there's so few colors to begin with. They should've used a colorful photograph. The cartoony graphics need to go, like PhoneArena mentioned.

It doesn't look any faster than any other Android phone. Benchmarks mean absolutely nothing. It doesn't have JellyBean with butter yet, and even if it did, I don't have faith that they can make their UI look smooth at all. It also comes down to Android in general, since no matter what the transitions just don't look that good and the UI doesn't have that flow.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 21:20 2

33. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

"Just like the 12MP in Sony's phones. Both Samsung and Apple have much better, sharper, and far less noisy cameras."

are you serious? the cameras in those phones you just tried to upheld are in fact made by SONY!! i didnt even read past that line for that comment alone.......it is obvious you are kind of bitter about certain things so it really isnt worth reading the rest of your post .......good day

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:19

53. KFear (Posts: 143; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

You are missing his point, though he probably didn't know the cameras were made by Sony. The camera in the Samsung and Apple devices are better, with only 8mps to boot. It's a fact, regardless of the maker of the camera itself. You are presenting yourself the wrong way in order to make a point.........good day

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 22:11 2

35. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

Quote from gsmarena 's preview of optimus g :
" We were able to snap a few of photos with the LG Optimus G 13 megapixel camera and its new 5-element lens. The lighting was far from perfect, but the LG flagship still did pretty well for a smartphone and way better than its modest 1/3.2" sensor size suggests."

They also mention that the 8 MP version will use 4 - element lens design and will have a smaller sensor.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:34 1

40. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

just as this article said, this is the PRE-PRODUCTION UNIT, so e quality can change by the time it comes out

design is a matter of personal preference, you can hate it, or u can love it. i love it

the wallpaper can easily be changed, and the icons is up to LG how they want to design em

the UI IS smooth. u need to watch e hands on VIDEO of the phone. no lag at all

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:52 2

41. jibraihimi (Posts: 760; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

iPhonearena is so obsessed with iphone's that while testing the browser of optimus G, they are Reading the iPhone related news......

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:10

42. Kratos93 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)

Beast but its android with its heavy os, i wait till nokia comes with a quadcore snapdragon s4 pro , windows 8 phone. Fastest ever

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 00:01 1

46. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

By the time that is about to happen, they may be going to bankruptcy hearings.

Unfortunate, as I was once a Nokia fan myself...

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LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.1.2 4.0.4
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Display4.7 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (318 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches
(131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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