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.

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