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 LG Optimus G Available now
28th August 2012

The LG Optimus G is a high-end Android smartphone that aims to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III, and on paper it certainly has the best-selling Samsung phone beaten. But is that going to be enough?

This is an impressively powerful device, based on a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with an enhanced graphics processor, plus 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. There's a large 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixel display on the Optimus G, a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3 megapixel one on the front, a large 2100 maH battery inside plus NFC support, and the LG Optimus G has all the usual Android features such as 3.5G, GPS and WiFi. The Optimus G will also support 4G LTE connectivity, although we don't know if that will be standard in all handsets.

 LG Optimus G Compared to the Galaxy S III, the Optimus G has a faster processor, twice as much RAM and a better primary camera. The screen is a little smaller, but it has more pixels than the Samsung which should cater for HD playback a little better. There's no mention of microSD slot on the LG, something that Samsung thought to include on the Galaxy S III, and we think that the Samsung is a better looking device.

Underneath the surface though there is something else going on. Unlike many smartphones, the LG Optimus G has a significant amount of in-house technology built into it. The screen is designed and made by LG Innotek and LG Display and is a very thin and sharp panel developed by using LG's significant expertise in this area. The battery has been engineered by LG Chem to be a high-capacity and durable unit, and lastly LG's mobile division have added their own software touches such as dual screen capabilities when using HDMI, continuous shooting from the stills camera and the Optimus G has a neat feature called "Cheese Shutter" that takes a photo when a command is spoken.

We mentioned design earlier - LG say that the back cover of the Optimus G is coated with polarised glass to give it a clean and modern look, and that the jet black front display flows seamlessly into the body of the handset. We think that it looks boring, and ultimately this is just another slabby smartphone that could be mistaken for any other, whereas Samsung's design is distinctive and will probably make it more attractive when going head-to-head in retail stores.

LG say that the Optimus G will be available first on NTT DOCOMO in Japan, followed by a Korean version in September and a worldwide release sometime after that.. so most customers could probably see it in Q4 2012.

It's good to see that LG have come out with something this powerful, and it is also surprising that LG Mobile haven't leveraged the resources of other companies in their chaebol in this way before. We think that the LG Optimus G has a good chance of some success, especially from buyers who care more about features than looks.

LG Optimus G at a glance


Q3 / Q4 2012


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900




+ LTE (4G)


4.7" 1280 x 768 pixels


13 megapixels (main)

1.3 megapixels (sub)


Large tablet smartphone

132 x 69 x 8.5mm / 145 grams



Memory card:

Not specified










Android 4.0

Battery life:

Not specified (2100 mAh cell)

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