Waterproof LG Optimus GJ E975W officially announced, priced at $600
As expected, today LG has officially introduced its first high-end waterproof smartphone, called Optimus GJ.
The GJ is essentially a waterproofed Optimus G, as its model number suggests (the Optimus G is the E975, while the GJ is the E975W).
Unveiled in Taiwan, the new handset is slightly larger and thicker than original Optimus G (131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm vs. 136.9 x 68.9 x 9.9 mm). Its IPX7 certification means it can stay underwater – up to 1m – for up to 30 minutes. Other features: 4.7 inch IPS HD display, Bluetooth 4.0, 13MP rear camera, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, MicroSD card slot, and a 2,280 mAh battery.
According to ePrice, The LG Optimus GJ will be available in Taiwan starting June, retailing at $17,990 TWD (about $600). It has two color versions: all black, and black / red. For the moment we don’t know if LG is planning to launch the handset in other markets.
Samsung is also getting ready to introduce a waterproof version of its Galaxy S4 flagship. Called Galaxy S4 Active, this could be announced in the coming weeks.
All in all, it looks like Sony has started a trend with its Xperia Z – which is the world’s first widely-available high-end Android smartphone.