It was just a matter of hours after the Samsung Unpacked event when its country competitor, LG made an announcement of a flagship of its own. This time though, LG went further into the tech unknown than any of its market counterparts, as it announced the Optimus LTE 2. While the name does not seem like a very big deal, the device itself is just as advanced or even more advanced as the new and shiny Samsung Galaxy S III. There are no benchmarks or tests out there that can tell the whole story, but the spec sheet should be enough for some to consider going for LG’s Android flagship rather than Samsung’s.
The first thing you will notice about the new LG Optimus LTE 2 is the rather classy design, which might appeal to the folks who disliked the design Samsung has chosen for the SGS III. And unlike its all plastic competitor, the LG Optimus LTE 2 also has some nice extra glass and metal in its body. I for one would certainly go for the design of the Optimus LTE 2, especially if I also consider the impressive spec sheet.
As you might have guessed from the picture above, the LG Optimus LTE 2 is going to be the first Android smartphone, or any class of smartphone for that matter, that will spot a whopping 2 GB of RAM. At this point in time it is not very clear if an extra 1 GB of RAM will make a very big difference in the performance of the device, but it surely means that you will not face any multitasking problems in the foreseeable future.
Another feature of the Optimus LTE 2 that LG like to brag about is the TrueHD IPS display. From what we can make out, the IPS is the standard tech behind the display and the True part means that it will use the goo old RGB matrix. This means that each pixel on the display of the Optimus LTE 2 will have three sub pixels, one green, one red and one blue. The other type of matrix arrangement is the one that Samsung has used in its Galaxy S III and in the Galaxy Nexus, the PenTile matrix. This one will offer only 2 sub pixels per pixel, and it will come in a RGBG model. Judging by how good the latest crop of displays is, we should be in for quite a treat when the LG flagship finally makes in to market. It will be very interesting to see if its display outmatches the one on the Galaxy S III and the one on the HTC One X.
Another interesting feature the LG Optimus LTE 2 is the presumed Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which currently is the only dual core capable of competing with the quad core mobile processors. This spec has not been officially announced yet, but given the fact that the device will have support for LTE networks it should turn out to be true. These are not the only specs of this upcoming monster, and another interesting one to say the least will be the voice operated camera.
You might expect such a device to be quite power hungry, but LG have already though of this and they have announced that they will pack a monster 2150mAh battery in their latest creation. And just like its competition, the Optimus LTE 2 will also have inductive charging, or in other words: wireless charging. Even if this latest spec sounds great don’t expect being able to charge your smartphone from across the room.
Last but not least, it looks like the Optimus LTE 2 will come with Android 4.0 ICS out of the box and it will also spot LG’s proprietary custom user interface. Given the amount of RAM present on the device you shouldn’t worry even if the custom UI uses up a couple of hundred MB of RAM.
With this in mind, it is time to tell you that the Optimus LTE 2 should arrive in the Korean shelves by mid May, which should be before its Galaxy S III competitor does the same. The only real issue is that we still have to wait for an international release date and a fully fledged spec sheet, but they should all arrive in the very near future if LG wants to make up some lost market share.