We've seen it leaked quite a few times leading up to this official announcement, but today LG did something a bit out of the ordinary by flying us out to Seoul South Korea to launch their first smartphone with Qualcomm's quad core Krait APQ8064 SoC and a host of other features. It's the LG Optimus G, and is based around a 4.7-inch 1280x768 IPS display with in-cell touch from LG Display, and includes either an 8 MP camera with no back bulge or 13 MP camera with a slight bulge. I've put together a table with the LG Optimus G specifications, which are about as beefy as they come these days. The only thing that's missing is a microSD card slot and user replaceable battery. I'm told that LG's emphasis for this design was getting the G as thin as possible, at 8.45mm. 

LG Optimus G Specifications
Device LG Optimus G
SoC 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
(APQ8064: 4 x Krait + Adreno 320)
RAM/NAND/Expansion 2 GB LPDDR2, 32 GB NAND, no microSD
Display 4.7" WXGA TrueHD IPS Plus (1280x768) with In-Cell Touch
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Qualcomm MDM9615 UE Category 3 LTE)
Dimensions 131.9mm x 68.9mm x 8.45mm, 145 grams
Camera 13.0 MP or 8.0 MP Rear Facing, 1.3 MP Front Facing
Battery 2100 mAh 3.8V (7.98 Whr)
OS Android 4.0.x
Connectivity 802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, MHL, DLNA, NFC

I've been talking for a while now about a host of smartphones coming up based on Qualcomm's Fusion 3 platform, which is to say specifically the combination of APQ8064 AP and MDM9615 baseband. LG's Optimus G looks to be one of the first which will appear sporting that combo, and will be available in Korea this week, followed by the US in October on an aggressive release schedule. There are a couple others, but it's starting to look like the Optimus G might end up being the first in appreciable volume.

LG has talked a lot about how the Optimus G includes some firsts from its own teams, including LG Innotek and LG Display into the 4.7-inch IPS display with in-cell touch, and LG Chem with their new Li-Ion polymer cells that support more cycles and sport the 3.8V nominal chemistry. This is also LG's thinnest smartphone to date, apparently.

We're going to go hands on with the LG Optimus G shortly, but initial suspicions are a design which closely mirrors the LG Optimus LTE2 and previous Prada phones, but in an even thinner form factor and with speedier SoC.

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  • Zink - Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - link

    Yes 1008anan is baiting us hard for sure. Did you see he hyphenated every single ARM and Apple CPU wrong? Cortex-M4 was even mangled to “M-4 cortex”. Adreno 320 on the other hand was left untouched; we have a Qualcomm fanboy on our hands. I can confirm that you are indeed correct with your critical analysis of passive-aggressive fanboy mishyphenation. 1008anan is offensively demonstrating his spite for rival mobile GPU design firms in an attempt at trolling us.

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  • codedivine - Monday, September 17, 2012 - link

    Request: Can you confirm from LG if their firmware will have OpenCL drivers?
  • Arbie - Monday, September 17, 2012 - link

    Micro-SD of course. I'm not going to carry around any piece of electronics with no ability to load media cards. This is in the dumb-phone category.
  • MadMan007 - Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - link

    Yup. Expect me to replace a high-capacity PMP with a phone, it damn well better have an SD slot. Oh well, at least having a 'must have' feature like that makes deciding on a phone easier.
  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, September 17, 2012 - link

    that's all.
  • jjj - Monday, September 17, 2012 - link

    It's like every exciting device ,phone or nexus 7, ends up with no SD and i can only hate the .....( whatever harsh language is ok with the site's rules) that made it.
    At least the Maxx HD has SD but it's not quad :(
  • shabby - Monday, September 17, 2012 - link

    Is it really 768 pixels wide or is that supposed to be 720?
  • Rits - Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - link

    Its slightly over 720p. Nothing abnormal.
  • HaydenOscar - Monday, September 17, 2012 - link

    What advantage does this different battery voltage have?
  • nafhan - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    Generally, higher voltage will allow for more power in the same amount of space.
    It's straightforward multiplication: 2.1Ah * 3.8V = 7.98Wh

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