As expected, today LG has showcased a number of new Android smartphones at MWC 2012 in Barcelona (all of which have been previously announced – so LG didn’t surprise us with anything in the end).
The highlight device is the LG Optimus 4X HD (model number P880), which comes as the world’s first quad-core smartphone to feature a True HD (1280 x 720 pixels, 4.7 inches) IPS display.
The quad-core processor inside the Optimus 4X HD is a Tegra 3 clocked at 1.5GHz. In Nvidia’s own words, this is actually a “4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture”, as it includes a fifth low-power, battery-saver core that’s used for “less strenuous tasks – like processing e-mail or operating in standby mode.”
Other stuff the LG Optimus 4X HD has to offer: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with some LG customization, of course), 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal memory, and a powerful 2,140 mAh battery. Despite the large battery, the new Optimus is really thin – only 8.9mm.
All in all, the 4X HD is really fast, but you won’t notice any significant difference between it and a high-end dual-core smartphone, at least not in everyday use. In games, though, you probably will.
Weird enough (since LG prides itself to hold the highest number of LTE patents), the Optimus 4X HD that’s showcased at MWC is not an LTE device. However, an LTE version of it is in development for the US market.
The LG Optimus 4X HD will be released in Europe first, sometime in the second quarter of the year (thus in June the latest). For now, there’s no word on what North American carriers will release it, but I’d say Verizon and AT&T should be interested in doing so.
A quick video preview of the Optimus 4X HD can be seen in the video below:
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