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LG intros Optimus 4X HD with quad-core Tegra 3, Android 4.0

updated 10:50 pm EST, Wed February 22, 2012

LG Optimus 4X HD made official

LG's pre-MWC smartphone rollouts culminated Wednesday with the Optimus 4X HD. The device is the first officially unveiled smartphone to run NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor. At 1.5GHz, it can both help Internet access as well as improve the ability to juggle multiple apps at once.

The hardware is LG's first Android 4.0 device and uses a slightly more restrained version of LG's custom interface layer. Also new is LG's largest IPS-based screen short of the Optimus Vu, which at 4.7 inches and 720p is potentially ideal for video. LG still claims a very thin design at 8.9mm (0.35 inches) and thin bezels to minimize the impact of the larger screen.

Inside, it has an unusually capacious 2,150mAh battery as well as familiar components like an eight-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, and 16GB of internal storage. LG hasn't mentioned a microSD slot and may be locked to internal storage, although it does have DLNA media sharing and support for MHL video from its USB port.

Optimus 4X HD units should hit Europe first, sometime during the spring. Other regions haven't been detailed, but LG was clear that it would go to other areas. The Optimus 2X came to the US through T-Mobile, although a repeat isn't guaranteed given teething troubles and the likely desire from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon to get LTE phones.

LG won't be the only one with a quad-core smartphone and should be matched by Fujitsu, Huawei and likely others at Mobile World Congress next week. Whether or not it's enough to upset the iPhone 4S or current Samsung phones isn't certain, since past tests have shown the Tegra 3 lagging behind Apple's A5 in some elements of performance.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Higher processor specs to

    try to humiliate the iPhone. The tech critics will claim that any smartphone that has less than a quad-core processor is totally behind the times which indirectly means that the iPhone is behind the tech curve. Fortunately, Apple sells iPhones to normal consumers who probably don't care what's inside their smartphones as long as the device performs well enough for them. However, the critics will definitely criticize Apple for not keeping up with Android device hardware trends.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2002


    Pass on LG

    Given the debacle of the G2X, you would do well to avoid anything made by LG. They're a company dedicated to making crappy products. With the G2X, they appear to have done little or no quality control and written awful software to run the thing. They continue to not support the phone, and the only way to get it to work right is to root it.

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