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 inches 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2


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