LG Optimus G to hit global markets in October
LG today re-announced its quad-core Optimus G, confirming it for a Korean release next week, followed by a global rollout in October. Yes, this is the same handset introduced in late August. LG, for its part, decided today would be a better time for unveiling some of its key user experience features.
Because the handset runs Android, the Optimus G can handle multi-tasking. LG, wanting to push boundaries, has introduced “cross-tasking” which lets users handle complex tasks across multiple apps simultaneously without having to compromise other tasks.
Here’s a handful of examples of what LG has done to create and engaging experience for the Optimus G:
- QSlide Function shows two different screens simultaneously on one display. As it doesn’t just show a part of the screen but the entire screen of both functions, the user can complete two tasks concurrently -– such as sending a text message or searching the web while watching a video;
- Live Zooming enhances the video-watching experience as users can zoom in up to five times while the video is being streamed for a close-up of one’s child while watching a recorded video from a school recital;
- Dual Screen Dual Play not only allows mirroring between the smartphone and a TV, it also has the ability to display different content on each screen wirelessly. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the TV while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes;
- QuickMemo allows users to write, draw, or jot a memo with their finger directly on the captured screen for sharing instantly with others as an attachment or a URL. The QuickMemo can also be used as an overlay feature – like jotting down a number using the QuickMemo and directly dialing the number while the number is on the top layer;
- Screen Zooming allows for the zooming in and out of lists in music player, email, text messages and photo gallery. It also offers the ability to change the font size and screen layout;
- Application Link launches preset applications (email, calendar, weather, etc.) when the alarm is turned off -– making preparation time in the morning go a little faster with all the information on your screen;
- Icon Personalizer allows users the ability to customize icons by editing size and adding images so the most frequently used apps can be most easily accessible.
Getting back to the hardware, for a moment, the Optimus G features some cutting-edge technology, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs and LTE. Additional details for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone include a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPlus 1280 x 768 pixel display, 2GB DDR RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a 2100mAh battery. There are two cameras on the Optimus G, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and a 13.0-megapixel shooter on the rear. According to LG, however, some markets will see an 8.0-megapixel camera in its place.