LG Optimus 4X HD – The First Quad Core Smartphone is Here

LG was the first company to announce and release a dual core smartphone back in 2011, and that earned them quite a reputation on the market, especially among developers and hackers (the good kind). The Optimus 2X is powerful, has all the features one might need, a sleek design and an unlocked boot loader – everything that you need to fully enjoy a smartphone.

And this year, the company is doing it again – alongside a slew of other smartphones, LG has also announced and demonstrated the Optimus 4X HD – the first quad core smartphone to hit the market in the second quarter of 2012 (if there are no unexpected delays, of course).

Exterior design
The Optimus 4X HD looks quite attractive – it takes a lot of cues from the LG-made Prada Phone 3.0, which gives it a unique design that will undoubtedly stand out from the rest of the crowd. The phone has nothing but the big display on the front, a nice finish on the back cover and a metal frame around the sides. It’s got a slim profile, which also makes it sit better in your hand.

Processor, graphics adapter and memory
Performance wise, the Optimus 4X HD is definitely the top gunner on the market. It uses NVidia’s Tegra 3 quad core platform (which actually has 5 chips – one for minimizing energy consumption in normal use) to deliver the highest performance seen on a smartphone to date. The cores run at 1.5 GHz each, but downclock to 1.4 GHz when all four are fully loaded to reduce temperature, and the chipset is pretty much twice as fast as the fastest dual core SoC – the Samsung’s Exynos.

That’s very impressive, and it will certainly come in handy in the next couple of years, although the 1 GB of RAM may become a problem sooner. The Tegra 3’s impressive performance doesn’t end with apps either, as it also packs a new 12 core GeForce graphics adapter that is sure to impress even the most avid gamers with the quality and speed in games and 3D applications. Needless to say, the Android interface is smooth as butter with this chipset.

Other hardware specs
The other hardware specs are also on a high level. The display is a 4.7 inch IPS LCD unit with a 1280×720 pixels resolution (that’s why it’s called the Optimus 4X HD), and it looks pretty awesome – the viewing angles are great, the colors, contrast and brightness are also among the best on the market. On the back of the device, there’s an 8 megapixels camera with support for 1080p video recording, and you’ll also find a 2 megapixels unit on the front with 720p HD video recording (great for Skype HD, for example).

There’s also the usual Wifi N, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack, USB and HDMI out ports, DLNA support and even an NFC radio. For storage space, you have 16 GB of internal memory, which you can expand using a micro SD card.

Software
Unlike LG’s other newly announced smartphones, the Optimus 4X HD shows that it’s a true flagship by having Android Ice Cream Sandwich installed out of the factory – it couldn’t be any other way, since only ICS can use all four cores more or less comfortably. LG has also customized the interface a bit, but they actually managed to mess things up a bit – the UI looks uglier and more like previous versions of the OS, but it may be that it’s only on the prototypes.

The Optimus 4X HD has just been announced at MWC, so it’ll be a while before it gets to the general populace. You won’t have to wait long, though – it should arrive by the end of spring, and it will most likely cost around $300 – just like the Optimus 2X/T-Mobile G2X when it first came out.

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