The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X are the indisputable stars of the Android smartphone market these days. Neither one has enjoyed a proper US release, but pretty much everyone agrees that the two are the best Android has to offer right now.
However, things change so rapidly in today’s technology world that nobody would be surprised if someone came out with a better Android smartphone by the end of the year. Well, that possibility is now a probability: a so-called LG LS970 Eclipse has just been leaked with some out of this world specs.
The device, while far from being official, is said to be powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (codenamed Krait) and to feature an Adreno 320 GPU, as well as 2 GB of RAM. That’s right, this might be the second ever phone to come with 2 GB of RAM (after the recently unveiled LG Optimus LTE2) and it could also feature a faster chipset than anything we’ve seen before.
You might remember some benchmarks from a while ago that showed the dual-core S4 processor performing faster than Nvidia’s Tegra 3 platform. Well, that was only dual-core and was doubled by an Adreno 225 GPU. So, can you imagine how a quad-core S4 chipset could perform, helped by an Adreno 320 graphics processing unit?
The rest of the Eclipse’s leaked specs include an impressive 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing webcam, 16 GB of internal storage, a 2100 mAh battery, and a 4.67-inch WXGA LCD TFT display with a 1280 x 768 pixels resolution.
The Eclipse might be sold by Sprint and run on its budding 4G LTE network. In spite of the amazing specs inside, the device is set to measure a mere 8.6 mm (0.33 inches) in thickness. We are unsure if BriefMobile’s unnamed source is trustworthy, but it has seemingly managed to get hold of a photo, in addition to the phone’s spec sheet.
There’s not much we can say about the Eclipse’s design from looking at the pic (it is from the back and not very bright), but it seems to look a bit similar to the Motorola RAZR. You will also probably notice a strange hole in the phone’s body, but we’re positive that’s the result of the testing process.
As far as availability and pricing goes, the source failed to offer any specifics, but said that the phone is expected to ship somewhere in the fourth quarter. That could be five months to seven months away, but I feel that this device, if it proves to be real, is definitely worth waiting for. How about you? Do you think that LG has what it takes to challenge Samsung and HTC for the Android smartphone “throne”?
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If it doesn’t come with an NFC, forget it.
For a change, I don’t mind switching from Samsung to LG considering Samsung has been treating their loyal supporters like shit.
No thanks. I’ve done my time with LG. Never again. Ever.
Some strong feelings here for sure – but the specs are indisputably the best ever to make it into a smartphone. If LG keeps it up, and can ditch their overlay or at least make it virtually inivisible, then they will have a runaway success on their hands. Samsung and LG are huge competitors and this is unlikely to ever change.
But LG has yet to release their 4X HD. Why release the 4X HD and then this beast of a phone that makes the 4X obsolete right away?
They will never stop making incremental improvements to the devices. Plus, we’re deep into the world of rumored phones, like, really, really into it. It’s likely we wont be seeing this phone launch for months, and even then, it could be a while before it reaches the general public.
Of course if this phone comes sooner rather than later I will be happy. The specs of this totally outclasses the S3. The software is another thing of course.
You’re right – the specs blow the S3 out of the water. Software can be replaced, but 95% of consumers wont do it. I hope LG wises up and listens to the hundreds of thousands of people that have commented on their dissatisfaction with it.
IMO they can care less.
That wouldn’t be good for business though. Who doesn’t love money? It’s their primary directive as a business. And their displays are among the best in the industry.
Then battery life comes to mind. If it’s anything like LG Nitro HD with it’s ridiculous 3 hours of talk time, this specs won’t do any justice.
Sounds exciting. Let us hope that LG is smart enough to make it so you can remove and install a new (or backup battery) or even higher powered one – if such a thing is made and that they don’t make the mistake HTC made by allowing style to trump commonsense, funcitonality and user convenience.
Definitely sounds like a phone to wait for.
There you are SamsaraGuru…
LG’s pretty smart. But it remains to be seen if they will continue to do things “there way”. Either way, it’s likely to be the most powerful smartphone in the world – hands down – if the specs are to be believed. It appears that the battery is in fact removable. Want want want, based off the specs alone, and assuming the camera is excellent.
Yep Darcy, I couldn’t agree with you more based on those specs! Sounds like a phone one could live with without starting to feel deprived for quite awhile and feel confident it will be able to handle upgrades of both operating systems and any other exigencies that might not be on our radars now to consider – because they don’t even exist at present.
I hope they put as much brain power, as processor power into making it absolutely, positively as polished (preferably more so) a piece as Sumsung did the Galaxy S3. If so, I now know which phone lies in my future!
I had an LG and found it very well made and was thinking the other day I wish they had something to offer – obviously God listens to me when I make a wish!
LG makes great quality hardware. They have suffered in the market and lost their place in the top three Android manufacturer contending for reasons to complex to explain here. I wouldn’t count them out though. There’s something powerful about the David vs Goliath archtype. While LG isn’t really a “David”, Samsung certainly is a Goliath. I wouldn’t be surprised to see LG produce some seriously awesome hardware over the next 3-6 months. Will it catch on? Will it beat Sammy to market? These are all good questions. Rest assured though, with competition this intense, we’re going to be looking at 1080p HD display, 2GB+, quad core beasts as the standard superphone in about 6 months from now. Competition = very, very good things for consumers. The envelope is being ripped open man!
If I get a second phone this year LG aint it. I will get Huawai’s [sic(im sure)] quad if its as cheap and fast as they say it is after my Sammy. LG has a Horrific way of releasing updates….worse than Samsung, I know as if it was possible.
Holy crap! I may just hold out on my next phone to see if I can get this.
I hope LG thinks again and puts a 4.8 inch display on this upcoming smartphone. A 4.67 inch display is small.
o rly? 4.67 is already huge, and no human being can easily spot 0.13 diagonal inches of difference (3.3mm, which might account for just about 2.3~2.4mm of extra width/height
Thanks to LG Nitro HD, one would have to pay me to use anything LG…
No, thanks, I’ll pass.