LG originally announced the Optimus G for Canada back in mid-September and true to their word, the handset has come available with multiple carriers. The carriers include Bell, Telus, Rogers and SaskTel and all will have the handset available today, November 13.
LG touts the Optimus G as a ‘high-end’ smartphone and given the specs and design, we sort of have to agree. In fact, you can read our review right here. But getting back to the present availability for Canada. So far we have seen pricing go live with Bell and Rogers. Bell has the LG Optimus G priced at $149.95 or $649.95 for a three-year or no-term agreement respectively. As for Rogers, they are a bit less expensive coming in at $129.99 on a three-year agreement or $599.99 to go no-term.
Otherwise, both Telus and SaskTel have confirmed availability for November 13, however they have yet to open up the order process. Pricing aside though, we suggest purchasing a handset based on which carrier has the better coverage in the area where you live, work and/or play. After all, paying less for a device means nothing if the coverage makes it difficult to use.
As a recap on the specs. The LG Optimus G arrives in Canada with features to include a 4.7-inch WXGA True IPS Plus display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) process with Quad-Core Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 2100 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. Overall the specs look good however there is a catch — the LG Optimus G is launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But on that note, there should be an upgrade, and according to LG, Android 4.1 Jelly bean is expected to arrive in “early Q2 of 2013.”