The LG Optimus 4X HD is the South Korean manufacturer’s first major flagship Android handset of 2012. It made its initial appearance in public at the Mobile World Congress event back in February and is getting ready to take on rival smartphones like the HTC One X and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3.
To keep up with competitors the Optimus 4X HD has a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. This chip is a worthy successor to last year’s Tegra 2 dual core CPU which found its way to the market on board the LG Optimus 2X, amongst others.
While the processor does all of the hard work under the surface, the most eye-catching feature of the Optimus 4X HD will be its 4.7 inch touchscreen display. This dominates the front of the phone and offers a high definition resolution of 1280×720 on its IPS panel. HD displays are becoming vital for modern smartphones, with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus getting the ball rolling at the end of last year and other models like the Sony Xperia S joining the fray.
The Optimus 4X HD will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system to hit the market. It will also have its own user interface customised by LG in an attempt to emulate the success of HTC Sense and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
From an aesthetic point of view the Optimus 4X HD will be slim and elegant thanks to its 8.9mm chassis depth and its angular exterior. Since smartphones have been getting thinner and thinner in recent years it is easy to see why LG has followed suit and built its flagship model to look stylish from any angle.
Eight megapixel cameras have become another benchmark of the smartphone market and the Optimus 4X HD is consistent with user expectations in this respect as well. A front-facing secondary camera with a 1.3 megapixel sensor will allow for high quality video calling, while expect full HD 1080p capture to be afforded thanks to the more than ample processing power on tap.
Internal storage will be capped at 16GB, although there is a microSD memory card slot present which will allow for up to 32GB of extra space to be added. All of this hardware needs a large battery to keep it going, so a 2150mAh cell should be suitable enough to deal with the demands of the components. Interestingly the quad core Tegra 3 chip actually has a fifth core clocked at 500Mhz on hand to take up the slack when the phone is idling or only being used for uncomplicated tasks. This should translate into solid battery life when judged against other smartphones.
The LG Optimus 4X HD has a lot of work to do if it is to find a place in the market, because while its hardware would have been highly advanced a year ago, it is not alone in bringing next-generation technology to the table in 2012.