The LG Optimus G E975 is officially launched in the country. What this spells for the South Korean multinational conglomerate is the addition of a flagship phone and the removal, rather the probable discontinuation of another, namely the Optimus Vu.
The official pricing around the Optimus G is around Rs 34,500 but online retailers had earlier put the phone up for sale at Rs 30,990.
But is it worth all the money, and does it pack all the punch like its rivals from Samsung, HTC and Sony? Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Optimus G.
The Optimus G is one of the few smartphones which uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 quad-core Krait processor which is clocked at 1.5GHz.
The Qualcomm chipset is the very same that which is seen on the Nexus 4. The APQ8064 comprises four ARM CPU cores working at 1.5GHz coupled with the Adreno 320 used for graphics. This is a powerful and strong chipset from Qualcomm and quite capable, judging by the fact it’s built using the 28nm fabrication process.
The Optimus G runs on the Android Jelly Bean. That’s good news if any, especially to users who’ve previously been at the mercy of LG’s inability to catch up with the competition, when it comes to updating their OS. Take the Jelly Bean and add the L Optimus UI v3.0 to it; phone will work well enough, though its neither HTC Sense nor TouchWiz.
Being at the top of LG’s food chain, Optimus G comes with quad-band GSM support. However, it only has dual-band 3G support. It’s not such a bad thing but users will not be able to connect to many high-speed networks around the world.
Next up, wireless connectivity. Optimus G has dual-band Wi-Fi which can work on both, the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz band. GPS on the new flagship utilizes GLONASS for homing in your location.
The touchscreen on the Optimus G is straight from the Nexus 4. If anything is to be remembered about the Nexus 4 is its crisp and bright screen with spot on colour reproduction. The Optimus G sports a 4.7 inches True HD-IPS+ with a 720p resolution and pixel density of 318ppi.
The primary camera on the Optimus G is 13MP. Though higher the pixels don’t a good camera make, but it still is the only camera in the Indian market with 13MPs. The camera has autofocus, LED flash, along with geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. It shoots videos at 1080p@30fps and has LED video lighting.
With a phone of this magnitude with high-end specs it’s not very inviting to see LG put in no microSD card slot in its phone. With 32GB of storage there is plenty of space to go around, though an expandable memory option would have been very welcomed by users for whom storage is a big choice when buying a phone. Optimus G runs on 2GB RAM.
There’s a 2100 mAh embedded battery in the Optimus G. Judging by the screen size and the processor, it can give a day’s worth of use.
The LG Optimus G is slated to be LG’s top smartphone to date. LG seems to have taken everything good from the Optimus 4x HD and mesh it up with the design and solid build which is the Optimus G. As the market expands, so does the competition. And with solid handsets like HTC One X+ and Galaxy S3, LG also looks to join the pantheon of powerful smartphones but with its own panache.