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LG’s Optimus 4X Catches the Eye

Published: February 27, 2012 | 10:15 am
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LG has not been a handset maker to stoke the imagination for at least a year, but in the run-up to this year’s Mobile World Congress, the Korean electronics conglomerate has achieved something of a buzz.

Quad-core processors are one the Next Big Things, and LG’s Optimus 4X has caused a bit of a stir.

Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip, it is actually a 4+1 core chip, the “+1″ is a lower specification processor that is enough to keep the phone ticking over when doing undemanding tasks such as handling calls or sending SMS messages.

Should a user want to play games or watch video the chip can ramp up the power — and correspondingly ramp down battery life — as needed.

According to LG’s Ramchan Woo, who heads LG’s Smartphone division, he claimed under normal use the phone would last for two days. If that is the case, then that is impressive.

The phone, which will be launched first in Europe some time in the second quarter of the year, will also be 8.9-millimeters, or 0.35-inches, thick and features a 4.7-inch touchscreen that has a 1280 x 720 pixel display. Although not an Amoled display, it is a very crisp and clean screen, and the phone sits nicely in the hand.

The phone, which is expected to be released in 2012 Q2, will be shipped with Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. There was no news on pricing nor of carrier availability.


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