It took LG 15 months to develop and patent the Crystal Reflection glass back of the Optimus G (video)

It took LG 15 months to develop and patent the Crystal Reflection glass back of the Optimus G (video)
Oh, Optimus G, you are gearing up to be the most powerful Android handset on the market at launch, but what about your design, the Achilles heel of handsets with Google's mobile OS, whose flagship design scenarios are restricted by the fact that at least a 4.3" screen has to be present? 

LG has been upping its design game this year with the L-series, and especially with the quad-core Optimus 4X HD, which is the most compact amongst the first half flagships, despite sporting a 4.7" display. Thanks to the ultra slim 13MP camera packaging, the Optimus G will fare even better, and LG says its design heritage is inspired by the traditions with the exemplary LG Chocolate and Prada series.

With the Optimus G, however, LG went further, and introduced a clean and simple design paradigm, with the use of premium materials on the back, the area which other people most often see, whereas it made the front occupied by the screen as much as possible, with record small bezel, whose color blends with the switched off display to seem one whole.

It took LG 15 months to develop the "Crystal Reflection" back cover of the Optimus G, and it patented the technology. The back cover is made entirely of glass, with prisms under the surface that boast subtle color changes, depending on the angle that the light falls at. The only downside of using this premium material is a slight increase in the phone's weight, but what's an ounce or two when you look "premium", and this was proven by the all-glass iPhone 4/4S, which is quite heavy for its size. Here's the design rundown by the phone’s Chief Designer Sera Park:



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Optimus G
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15h talk time)

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43 Comments

1. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Feel Korea Company like to copy people's idea. The advertisement way same like SONY Xperia phone advertisement!

3. jstahl

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

where are u from?

38. ab2412

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

I think he is from US and Apple's fanboy coz he said "Korea Company"??

43. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

I am from Malaysia. By the way, I am Samsung S2 user.. But I am prefer SONY Xperia phone with nice UI and Design.. Also user friendly UI.. I will change my next phone to SONY Xperia T :)

7. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Now I know why I loved the design. The face looks exactly like the Xperia GX.

8. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Koreans are always copying..

20. wendygarett unregistered

U MAD?

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh c'mon. This phone looks nothing like an iPhone or any other phone for that matter. I like that they are using something new & fresh. Also the insane specs the phone has just make it that much better. I really want to see this phone in my hand. Verizon looks to be getting this phone as the LG Blaze. So I bet it will be here very, very soon. So far for me it's boiling down to 3 phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the rumored HTC 5" 1080p phablet, & this LG Optimus G or shall I say the LG Blaze here in the U.S. So many choices, I am so glad I have Verizon.

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I was hoping to buy Motorola RAZR MAXX HD and I was hoping that it will come with LCD based display, but when I saw that it use OLED based display, I told for me self, THANKS BUT NO! Now I'm waiting for LG Optimus G or any news about new Nexus device(s). :)

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

OLED is not bad, but the new displays on the newer HTC's & LG phones have better screens. I have to agree with you on the Motorola Razr MAXX HD! +1

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I think you should do some research, serge. This is clearly an evolution of the LG Prada, which hit the market before the iphone, and from which most recent smartphone designs get some "inspiration"

4. Kostas_13

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

Nice piece of hardware there by LG...

16. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

GOSH..........when r u taking my money

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I can take them now if you want. :D

42. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

i said LG

24. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

If only LG could update their software (bug fixes included) like what SONY, Samsung & HTC does then I personally don't see any reason why not to buy it come the holidays. This phone will serve as another benchmark to evaluate the next Magical iPhone.

25. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

No matter how well specd it is, nothing is gonna change the fact that it's from LG!!! Buying an LG would damage my reputation!!!

27. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Just curious, may I ask why is that so?

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Why it damage your reputation?

31. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Would damage your reputation? Tell me how important you think you are.

32. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

says Kronic the nobody...

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If your reputation are based only on mobile phone, then it is already poor reputation. :(

36. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

get your life. no one even knows who u are

29. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

this with pure jelly bean - thats a phone i would buy

35. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

just one thing bout e design: WOW

39. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

at least this is a design worth patenting. not some rectangle with rounded corners, which a 7 year old can draw in maths class or where ever

40. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

so they based the design off the Prada. iI think i'm in love with this phone

41. Simpleparab

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

OMG!!!!! Was She having Optimus G in her hand at the mark of 1:37....

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