LG has made a sizable splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), showcasing three new major additions to its Optimus line of smartphones.
The South Korean electronics maker took full advantage of rival Samsung’s absence from the high-profile event by announcing its first ever quad core smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD, the supersized Optimus Vu and a sequel to the Optimus 3D.
Billed as sporting the world’s only 4-Plus-1 quad core processor by Nvidia, the 4X packs a fifth ‘battery-saver’ core that handles less resource hungry tasks and is a bona fide media powerhouse thanks to a 12-core graphics processing unit.
This is augmented by a capacious 4.7-inch IPS display with 720p HD resolution, an eight-megapixel camera with full HD recording and 16GB of internal storage. And in news that will please more than a few, Android Ice Cream Sandwich is installed out of the box. Impressively, all of this is rolled into a slick 8.9mm thick shell that LG describes as a ‘prism-edged-design’.
Moving on and we have the Optimus Vu. This is home to a five-inch backlit LCD screen with a 1024x768 resolution, 1.5GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM, an eight-megapixel camera with LED flash and 32GB of on board memory. There’s NFC support, too, for making contactless payments.
Although it launches with Android Gingerbread, LG has promised that an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is definitely in the pipeline.
Lastly, we come to the Optimus 3D Max. Like its predecessor, the Optimus 3D, this boasts a glasses-free 3D display, measuring 4.3 inches, a five-megapixel camera with 3D-snapping/recording capabilities and 8GB of internal memory.
Keeping things ticking over is 1.2GHz dual core processor. Plus there’s support for DLNA support with 3D streaming and NFC to cap things off.
Alas, Android Gingerbread is present here, too. However, Ice Cream Sandwich will be rolled out after launch.
No exact release or pricing details have been confirmed yet, but we should get those soon once MWC comes to an end. So stay tuned.