LG Optimus 4X HD Hands-on Review

LG Optimus 4X HD Hands-on Review
We are not going to lie to you, guys, we do have a soft spot kept for the LG Optimus 4X HD, and how wouldn't we? After all, it's the successor to last year's LG Optimus 2X – the phone that kicked off the dual-core game. But now that dual-core is pretty much what you'd expect from every self-respecting smartphone, LG has decided that it's finally time to take things up a notch by introducing a quad-core handset.

Well, this time, the company actually couldn't be the first to out a quad-core smartphone, but hey, that's not what's most important, right? What's important for us is the Optimus 4X HD itself, which, as you can imagine also features an HD screen to complement its raw power. Indeed, everything on the specs front seems to be top-notch with the Optimus 4X HD, as it also comes with 1GB RAM, 8MP cam and 16GB internal storage. The HD screen itself measures the enormous 4.7” and uses the True HD IPS technology, which means that it sticks with the good-old RGB matrix, so what you read on the specs sheet is what you get.

After telling you the size of the screen, you wouldn't be surprise if we add that the Optimus 4X HD is one quite bulky handset, would you? Well, that's actually not the case, because the handset is very, very thin and light. To tell you the truth, the LG Optimus 4X HD is quite pocketable, and we are certain that its significant width and height dimensions won't be a problem.

The phone is predominantly made of plastic, but it does feature some nice metallic accents along the side, which look very cool. Although we're not sure if they are real metal, or just plastic. The back side is all plastic, having a nice texture to provide better look and feel.

On the software side of things, the Optimus 4X HD will come pre-loaded with Android 4 Ice Scream Sandwich, but of course, LG is adding its custom Optimus UI to the deal, which delivers tons of personalization options. We're glad that LG hasn't overdone it in this aspect, and the handset does look like an Ice Cream Sandwich device. Still, LG has added a lot of nice little animations and transitions to make the whole user experience a bit more entertaining.

Now, on to the topic that everyone's interested in – the quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Well, after we spent a few minutes wit the Optimus 4X HD, we can safely say that it will simply fly. We encountered no lag within the interface, and what was even cooler than that was that an LG rep showed us how the Riptide 3D game runs on the phone, and boy was this a cool demo! Interestingly the game was specifically optimized for the quad-core chipset, and it featured effects that one cannot otherwise see on a dual-core handset, like some very beautiful and realistic water and blurring effect.

And that pretty much sums up our first impressions of the LG Optimus 4X HD. It's not a handset from the manufacturer's new L-Style line, but it does look pretty similar to those L-phones, with its simple, rectangular shape. All in all, it seems like a very promising handset for the hardcore geek in you, seeing that it's packed to the brim with all kinds of features, the most important of which being the quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

We tried to get some availability info from one of the reps, but the response was simply “It will launch very soon.”, hopefully in the following months.

If you're interested in the LG Optimus 4X HD (which would be completely understandable) and would like to learn more, check out our detailed LG Optimus 4X HD specs page.

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Optimus 4X HD
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1
    LG Optimus UI



26. Wildmanfan

Posts: 238; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

I'll bet anyone here that Verizon is going to bypass this phone and AT&T will get it. If Verizon got the phones AT&T gets, like the Note, every company in America will be finished. But noooooooooooo.......................VZW will screw this up. Guaranteed.

23. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

haha under the second set of pictures instead of Ice Cream Sandwich, they put Ice Scream Sandwich!

20. gragonHDfones unregistered

nahhhhh, but i am impressed. I am happy companies like lg and pantech are showing the good side of themselves.

19. myproffs

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X Both devices running Quad-core processor which makes them very fast, these new mobile power houses have Android snapping along at an unparalleled rate. more infp check myproffs website

21. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

I guess the only thing giving LG the advantage is the larger battery.. oh yea! the display too!

22. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

Only thing giving HTC the advantage is the camm and beats audio, since i don't listen to music on phone and dont have a need for super duper camm because i rarely take photos my money is on LG because i brows the web and play games and watch movies on my phone all the time :D

15. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

Tmobile g4x ftw

14. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

When it comes to the States, T-Mobile is going to take off the UI. They did the same with the Optimus 2X

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im all for a quad core "nexus" like device. :)

17. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i agree with you remix, my G2x is great for my gaming and web browsing, the only thing that annoyings me is the low RAM and random reboots. if this is a tmobile phone it shall be mine

13. GalaxyOptimus

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Son of a b**** Damn I want 1 now

12. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i want it NOW

11. musi722

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

perfectly good!

9. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The UI looks ok. This might be an okay phone after all.

8. Jphones

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The phone insides sounds Fanfreakintastic but gosh can we get a more imaginative design. Don't want a light slab of plastic


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Please come out on Verizon.


Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 11, 2011

Damn! I'm excited!!! :O I need to sit down now! :$

4. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

it looks...well great...

3. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

what worries me is the battery. ninja core to the rescue?

5. PostalJim

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

2150 battery. Should last under normal/non gamer use.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it should last for a good while actually. Quad core will sip battery a hell of a lot better than a dual core.. especially compared to the T2 and crapdragon S3... both of which came with a much smaller battery.

2. joey18

Posts: 696; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Lg is good company my old tv old works for 6 months i think samsung is better brand

18. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

your TV has nothing to do with this!

24. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Believe me, Samsung is the same. They're all the same: LG, Samsung, HTC, Huauauawei and etc.

1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Now this turning me on!!!!

25. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

One of these will get me satisfied for a year. :p

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