Ruggedized handsets are all the rage these days. Sony’s flagship Xperia Z has a waterproof and dustproof design. Sammy is also reportedly looking to bring its own rugged Galaxy S4 Active to the market. That’s why it comes as no surprise that LG has now officially announced the Optimus GJ E975W.
So what’s so special about the Optimus GJ? Honestly, not much. In essence this is nothing more than an Optimus G, wearing slightly modified clothing that allows for IPX7 certification.
That means the Optimus GJ is good for thirty minutes of playtime in the water, as long as it doesn’t go any deeper than a meter. The only other noticeable difference is that the GJ is a bit larger and thicker from its older sibling, at 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5mm versus 136.9 x 68.9 x 9.9mm.
All hardware specs carry over from the Optimus G. For those that need a refresher, this means that the phone is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and features 2GB of RAM. The display is 4.7-inches and has a resolution of 1280 x 768. Other specs include a 13MP rear cam, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB storage, microSD, and a 2,280 mAh battery. As for the OS, you get Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
At least for now, the Optimus GJ looks to be coming exclusively to Taiwan with a planned June arrival. The phone will set you back $17,990TWD, or about $600. There will be two color choices: black or black/red.
Creating rugged handsets that can handle active lifestyles is a smart move, but it would have probably made more sense if LG would have held out and gave this kind of design to the rumored LG Optimus G2 instead. That said, I’m sure there is still a market for the handset among those that don’t need the newest hardware and are simply looking for a capable rugged device.
If the LG Optimus GJ came to your local market, would you consider it? Or are there just too many other waterproof alternatives that pack more punch?