LG's Optimus G, which is scheduled to be shown off at a press event in New York City tomorrow, has officially been in announced in South Korea today. While it's technically not the first smartphone to use Qualcomm's quad core Snapdragon S4, that honor goes to the China only Xiaomi Mi-Two, the Optimus G is going to ship in “key global markets in October”.
So what else, besides the processor, makes this thing special? It has 2 GB of RAM, something that's still considered “special” in today's market. The display, which measure 4.7 inches diagonal and pushed 1280 x 720 pixels, is using a new in-cell touch technology which makes it thinner, brighter, and less reflective. The camera, which comes in at 13 megapixels, should be awesome, though some countries will get the Optimus G with an 8 megapixel sensor due to supply issues. Oh and there's also 4G LTE in this thing, so if you're in a market with LTE support, prepare to melt your face off with the speed this puppy is capable of delivering.
Are there any downsides to this device? Just one: It ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, not Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. No word as to when it's going to be upgraded either. Yes, there's the whole ROM flashing thing, but that's not very mainstream.
We look forward to reviewing this device, though if you want a sneak peak as to the kind of performance four Krait cores can deliver then you should head over to AnandTech and look at some of the benchmarks they ran. The Linpack numbers are off the chart, but for some odd reason the web browser leaves a lot to be desired.
Update: The pricing, which wasn't announced in LG's press release, turns out to be roughly $895 according to Engadget. That's a bit ridiculous, but we'll see how that number changes depending on country.
Update: LG has told The Verge that this phone will come to America in November.