LG Optimus G Android phone (preview)

LG has a new Android flagship, but it won't see the light of day in Australia until 2013

LG has largely played in the low-end smartphone space in Australia, but that will soon change in early 2013 when it launches the Optimus G. It's a 4G-capable smartphone that will work on the 1800MHz LTE bands used by Telstra and Optus Down Under and is described by the company as a "premium flagship device".

LG has always attempted to add a unique style to its smartphones and the Optimus G doesn't escape this treatment. It features a completely black unibody design with what LG calls a "crystal reflection" finish on the back. This means it will show different patterns depending on the viewing angle and the lighting. The pattern on the LG Optimus G also creates a 3D illusion, while the case itself is laser cut to give it a clean, metallic finish.

Unlike most other LG smartphones, the Optimus G is all about cutting edge specifications. It has a 4.7in IPS screen with a 720p HD resolution of 1280x720, comes with 32GB of internal memory and has 2GB of RAM. However, there's no microSD card slot for extra storage. The Optimus G's screen has a pixel density of 317ppi, which is only a tad below Apple's iPhone 5 and the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920, but slightly higher than both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X.

Though the Optimus G's display looks impressive on paper, it's the 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor that LG is crowing the most about. The company says it enables a new feature called "cross-tasking" where two applications can be run simultaneously without slowdown or lag.

LG's QSlide Function can display two apps on the screen simultaneously, such as a video and text messaging.
LG's QSlide Function can display two apps on the screen simultaneously, such as a video and text messaging.

LG hasn't just slapped on this powerful processor and left it at that, either. The Optimus G will come with a number of new software features that take advantage of the Snapdragon S4 chip including a QSlide Function that can display two apps on the screen simultaneously, the ability to pinch-to-zoom on videos while they’re playing, and the ability to zoom in and out of common phone features like lists. The Australian model will also ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

The powerful processor shouldn't come at an expense of battery life, either. According to LG the large 2100mAh battery has a life of 800 cycles, which it claims to be a significant improvement over many of its competitors.

The Optimus G will come with a 13-megapixel rear camera and has a number of software features such as the ability to capture shots before the shutter button is pressed, take photos with voice commands, and use a light monitoring system in low-light conditions.

The Optimus G will go on sale in Korea next week and "other key global markets" later this year, but it will not be sold in Australia until early 2013.

A promotional video detailing the design of the LG Optimus G can be seen below.

Related articles

4G-capable Optimus G won't see light of day Down Under until 2013
LG: We "dropped the ball" in smartphones
Optus 4G network goes live (+ maps, plans, images)
Telstra: 4G will serve 66 per cent of Australia by mid-2013

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?