Last Updated: September 19th, 2012

LG has confirmed that its upcoming flagship, the Optimus G, will be launching in the United States this November. Carrier partners went unannounced, but given LG's historical relationship with Verizon, we'd hedge our bets there first and foremost, though AT&T could be another likely contender for the first major handset released with a quad-core Qualcomm processor.


We do know the Optimus G is packing LTE, but that it must be courtesy of a discrete radio, as the APQ8064 Qualcomm S4 Pro chipset does not include a cellular modem.

What implications this may have for battery life or CDMA compatibility are unclear, but LG has rather sneakily let slip that there will be regional variants of the G, through a video regarding its camera. At the end of the clip, LG indicates some regions will get an Optimus G with an 8MP shooter, suggesting the size of the sensor might need to be trimmed down to make room for other components (like a CDMA radio).

This is spitballing, though - I could be picking apart nothing. LG has cried from the mountaintops about the Optimus G's quad-core processor, so we wouldn't be surprised to see it show up in a US version (or versions), we just wouldn't call it a certainty quite yet.

via The Verge

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  • flpt

    Only I see Apple to sue LG on this one also?

    • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

      I was wondering the same thing, as the lock screen looks just like my iPhone, and the way it is photographed with one leaning on the other is the same as the iPod Touch and iPhone promotional materials Apple put out. I am surprised Apple have not bought LG because not only do LG produce displays, but they have been quite innovative in the past, such as gesture controlled phones (remember that one with the glass keypad?) and of course, the original LG Prada that started it all.

    • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

      Why? It looks like facelift Optimus 2X. Really nice design. But it's LG, so sw updates will be crap.

    • aiden9

      Maybe for tradedress, but I don't think Apple would go after LG over the design. Would be too big of a risk as LG would likely invalidate their design patents with prior art such as their own Prada phone.

      Besides, Apple really only sues successful manufacturers.(Well, HTC was successful when the lawsuits started at least.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I think the sheer fact that LG have combined a quad-core CPU and a 4G+LTE modem deserves praise. Something even Apple haven't done (maybe in 2 years they will).

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    If LG can keep it up to date it'll be a winner, their OS update history is dismal.

  • s3nr1

    LG sucks, phones gets no updates pass their base version. Don't buy.

    • LGSuxx

      And they lie to to your faces about updating and simply wait you out and hope you forget all about it. People don't forget about these things LG, phones are essentially a tool they use everyday. It's not a goddamn refrigerator, you can get away not giving after sales service for that.