LG Optimus G hands-on

LG Optimus G hands-on
This hands-on is based on the Korean version of the Optimus G. Tune in tomorrow, when LG's expected to introduce the U.S. version of the Optimus G!

For all of you who waited long enough to see 4G LTE connectivity with quad-cores, the wait is over. LG just officially unveiled the world’s first device based on the new Qualcomm S4 Pro system on a chip, which, as you can guess, combines the goodness of a quad-core CPU with that of LTE. The processor itself is clocked at 1.5 GHz, and is complemented by the Adreno 320 graphics processor. Needless to say, the device here on the floor was extremely snappy. The expectation for it is to be one of the fastest phones available on the market today.

The back of the phone features LG’s patented Crystal Reflection finish, which uses glass material. It is supposed to display different patterns depending on the viewing angle and lighting. During our short time with the device on the floor, we did not see anything spectacular. Some people might like it more, though.

The in-hand feel is good despite the large display. LG has managed to keep the bezel to a minimum, which makes the device sit somewhat comfortably in the hand, without being too unwieldy.

The large 4.7” display is exceptional - very crisp and bright. The colors are so saturated, that it almost looks like an AMOLED one, even though it is IPS LCD – same tech used in the iPhone 5. The display's resolution is 768x1280, which makes for a neat pixel density of 318ppi. Indeed, everything on the screen appears to be very nice and smooth.

As impressive as the Snapdragon S4 Pro and LTE are, the Optimus G is just packed with all kinds of other cool features. How about the 13MP camera on the back, for example? As you can imagine, the camera is pretty snappy, as every self-respecting camera nowadays should be. 

As we mentioned in the beginning, the Optimus G is one very, very fast smartphone. Not only does it rely on a powerful processor to achieve that, but it also features 2GB of RAM to ensure seamless performance even when you're multitasking with a lot of apps.

But we know what you're thinking - with such powerful hardware stuffed into the Optimus G, battery life is one probable compromise that LG had to make. Well, we can tell you one thing for sure - the battery is 2100mAh, which we hope will be enough to provide the necessary juice for a full day, but, once again, we'll be able to confirm that after we've had the chance to play with the device some more.

Software-wise, LG's latest and greatest will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which might be a bit disappointing seeing that Jelly Bean is the current OS, but hey, look it on the bright side - at least it's not Gingerbread! On top of ICS, though, there will be a new version of LG's custom UI, which will customize the experience by changing the looks of the interface, and by adding a host of new features, including QSlide Function (divides the screen in to two, and lets you execute two tasks simultaneously), Live Zooming (lets you zoom in up to 5 times while watching video), QuickMemo (allows you to do hand-written memos over a screenshot), Icon Personalizer, and so on and so forth. Some pretty cool stuff, by the looks of it, but time will tell exactly which features will end up being widely used.

The promising LG Optimus G will first be released in LG's home market of South Korea as soon as this month. This will be followed by a launch in Japan next month, and from then on, LG will be working to bring the handset internationally. There is no official word on U.S. availability yet, but seeing that LG will be holding an official introduction for the handset in the U.S. tomorrow, it might as well announce more details about this. Stay tuned for our coverage!

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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)



1. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Nice lookin phone... nice lookin place... ...is that a Seiko?

2. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Looks great, but I hope they realese it internationally sooner than a few months... If this thing arrives in December or Janurary, all the buzz will be for naught. By that point we'd be likely to see a new Nexus, plus the full launch of the iPhone 5.

3. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

That phone is U.G.L.Y!!!

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1493; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Great processor, ruined by LG's hardware and software. A shame. Samsung or HTC would have done a much better job of it.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Something makes me think that Sammy and HTC will do a better job than LG (aka Note II and 1X 5). Stay tuned for the next advance in Android flagship phones.

8. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

So now its a great processor... Can you please tell me your thoughts on "LG's Hardware". I'm interested in knowing specifically what hardware you speak of Since the only only hardware Im aware of on this device is the IPS LCD screen that LG manufactures. The processor and LTE radios are by Qualcomm. The CMOS sensor for the 13MP camera is by Sony. The RAM is presumably by Samsung (since LG is not known for producing memory modules), Graphics are by Adreno... Just wondering if you are talking about the PCB because thats not really hardware, just what puts it all together.

4. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Release it before the holidays!

6. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Meh, call me when the Note 2 arrives.

10. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Don't forget to call me mate...!!!

19. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Yes, of course the Note II will have better specs than this /s

9. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

please be released worldwide soon! like in this month or in oct! pleaseeeeee

11. Ragnarockd

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

does this have sd card slot? BTW benchmarks are stunninghttp://www.gsmarena.com/lg_optimus_g-review-814p4.php

12. Mercenary

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I know that this device has awesome specs..but I don't really like the look of the device..Also I don't like LG's UI..I don't know if they made it better in this device or not..

13. Mercenary

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I meant the look of the back of the device.. Another thing..the battery offers just 14 hours of stand-by time..that means I should charge it twice a day like my Sensation XE.

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

why are these people are so power hungry... no wonder we are curse!

15. Mercenary

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Agree...It's not about having the best specs..it' about offering smooth UI and running apps smoothly.

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

so true!!! not gonna compare or anything but atleast symbian is really fluid with old generation ARM chips... oh well, we live in a curse world that is to be hungry for power always! so sad...very sad!

17. savezo007

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

your username is pikapowerize for gods sake -_-

18. miki69

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

not so smooth, I'm afraid. My N8 shows constant lag after using Web/Navigation/Camera for prolong period of time. I have to restart phone to regain proper functionality. And yes, I did full reinstall SW. I think S4 dual Krait are performing just as good and smooth as quads. Those initial images don't look promising.... Can't wait to get my hands on Xperia T. Cheers, Miki

20. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"but these first shots do look promising" No they don't. None of the pictures is sharp. It's even worse than a cheap samsung mini. In fact even the 4XHD has sharper pictures while that has the worst camera o/t current 4 quad core high end models (SGSIII, HTC One X, Meizo MX and 4XHD)

22. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Looking at GSMarena's photos taken with this phone, I see that just as here, pictures taken indoors suck big time. No sharpness at all, they look like if the camera is broken. My ancient K550i had similar photos. Hell even my current Nokia 701 (EDoF camera) has sharper photos. Thankfully outside pictures are a lot better. Stil disapointing for a 13Mpixel shooter though. I guess that I'll go for a 808 pureview when they become somewhat cheaper. And no I don't care for Nokia WP-efforts (been there, done that, didn't like it) because that's not pureview... thats fakeview (an ordinary BSI sensor with optical image stabilisation, doh). Or I just keep what I have now (Nokia 701) and skip ALL this in 2012 and 2013. It's all too dissapointing. A shame though since I was really looking forward to this model. Also Glass and plastic... doesn't seem premium class to me. LG still doesn't get it. High end edevices have to FEEL high end too. BTW. I couldn't care less about 4G since 3G is a mess (and not fully covered on most parts of my country) There's no WOW-factor.

21. Connie B

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I want this supercool and awesome phone as soon as possible. Shut up LG and take my freaking money !!!!

23. kingojoe2000

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

can some one please help me to get this phone to buy? "LG Optimus G hands-on" contact me on +233246153838 or kingojoe2000@accamail.com

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