Before you ask, no, we don't know how much, and we don't know when. Yeah. Sorry. Anyway, if you've been looking forward to the first mass-market Snapdragon S4 Pro smartphone, you're in luck. Because at some point in the future (wooooooo) you'll be able to get it on AT&T or Sprint! That smartphone, of course, is the LG Optimus G. Which, if you haven't heard about it, must mean you've been living under a rock for the last month while LG has personally gone door to door making sure literally everyone has seen it.

To give you a brief overview of the device, here are some key specifications.

  • 4.7" WXGA (1280x768) True HD IPS Plus display with Zerogap touch
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.0
  • 16 or 32GB of storage plus microSD slot
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 8MP rear camera (on AT&T, maybe Sprint has the 13MP, we aren't sure), 1.3MP front
  • Bluetooth 4.0

And hold on to your hats for this one: the AT&T version doesn't even have an AT&T logo on the front. And the Sprint version seems not to have a Sprint logo at all. I know, I know, you're in absolute disbelief. Sit down. Or keep sitting down.


As I said, no pricing or release date details were announced, but you can probably expect them in the coming weeks. Check out the full press release below.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics today announced that the high-powered LG Optimus G superphone will be available in the United States on the AT&T and Sprint networks. As the world's first quad-core LTE (Long-Term Evolution) smartphone with the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM S4 Pro processor, LG Optimus G is not only one of the fastest phones on the market, but also one of the most powerful.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121003/LA86399-a)

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121003/LA86399-b)

Designed to set a new standard in the industry, LG Optimus G combines LG's leading LTE, display and energy technologies with Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor to create an extremely fast and incredible mobile experience. Equipped with a high-density 2,100mAh battery and impressive 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, Optimus G users can seamlessly multitask between personal, business and entertainment needs and go beyond the boundaries of traditional on-the-go smartphone capabilities.

"LG Optimus G is the culmination of cutting-edge technologies provided by LG's class-leading global entities," said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA. "Drawing upon expertise from the LG Mobile Communications Company, LG Display, LG Chem and LG Innotek , we have carefully designed a new superphone  that encourages users to step beyond everyday boundaries and explore a limitless world of power and creativity."

The elegant yet sleek design and the imaginative user experience displayed in the new Optimus G are made possible thanks to a collection of technologies from industry-leading developers in their fields. State-of-the-art display technologies from LG Innotek and LG Display such as True HD IPS Plus and Zerogap Touch, a unibody unit that eliminates the gap between the glass and the LCD panel, harmonize to offer one of the slimmest, sharpest and clearest viewing experience yet. The new battery from LG Chem has a longer life designed for multitasking. An ultra high-resolution, compact camera is employed in the Optimus G to offer super sharp photos without pixilation.

Sprint and AT&T will be among the first wireless service providers in the world to offer the LG Optimus G, which is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor – a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU processor with Asysnchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing, which enables each core to power up and down independently to increase performance while saving battery life.

Combined with LTE technology, the impressive processor allows users to easily and quickly view a video while running other apps at the same time. All of this power and functionality is housed in a light weight, eye-catching slim body to cater to fashionable lifestyles. LG developed and patented Crystal Reflection to give the back cover the ability to display different patterns depending on the angle and lighting. The intricate pattern gives Optimus G a clean finish reminiscent of a jewel.

The Optimus G creates the perfect combination of pleasure and functionality through a unique user experience not seen on any other device. While mobile communication, business, and entertainment are easily accommodated with the Optimus G, the all-new device can also release one's inner artist with a wide range of features including:

  • The QSlide Function shows two different screens simultaneously on one display so users can quickly send an important work email while playing a graphic-intense video at the same time.
  • QuickMemo allows users to take notes on captured documents or photos with their fingers and instantly share with colleagues as an attachment or URL.
  • Live Zooming enhances viewing experiences by enabling consumers to zoom in up to five times while watching video to see small details normally hidden on the screen.
  • Photographs can be intensified with camera capabilities like Time Catch Shot, which empowers the user to choose the best photo among various shots taken before the shutter button is pressed.
  • Dual Screen Dual Play not only allows mirroring between the smartphone and a TV or monitor, it also has the ability to display different content on each screen. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the monitor while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes.
  • Creativity is also put to the test by the Icon Personalizer, which allows consumers to customize the sizes and images of their most-used apps. 

Key Features:

  • Advanced 13 MP or 8 MP rear-facing camera with Time Catch Shot, "cheese shutter" and Smart Shutter and Low Light Shot Noise Reduction
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHZ Quad-Core Krait CPUs and LTE
  • 32 GB of memory or 16 GB of on-board memory and microSD slot pre-loaded with a 16GB SD card that can accommodate up to 64GB of expandable memory
  • 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus Display (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • Display technologies including Zerogap Touch
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0

Additional Features:

  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Capable of 2G/3G/ 4G LTE networks
  • Crystal Reflection glass finish
  • DualScreen Dual Play feature that wirelessly displays different content on both a TV and the smartphone
  • Screen Zooming allows zooming in and out of lists in music player, email, text messages and the photo gallery for increased visibility.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562156908 Guillermo Herrera

    I try to imagine LG making a great smartphone.. but I fail at it every time.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Everything about this smartphone is pure awesomeness... except the fact that its from LG...
    I hope they prove me wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/TheChrisGlass Chris Glass

    Big screen, big battery, 2GB of RAM, Quad-core AND an SD-card slot? I mean, the worst thing is I don't know if the battery is removable and it's on ICS. And those I can live with. Too bad HTC wants to remove SD card slots.

    I think this is what I'm looking forward to.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The battery is not removable.

  • wolfkabal

    I'll be honest, I'm intrigued - but it seems everyone is saying LG is crap. I've never had or used an LG, can someone elaborate why they're crap (other than software updates).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well, the phones aren't, but their policy on software updates has pretty much been "don't" on a lot of stuff. Their UI overlay isn't exactly pretty, either. But I used their mid-year flagship, the Optimus 4X HD, and it was very well-built, good-looking, and generally a good phone. The software has always been LG's problem, not the phones.

      • wolfkabal

        Gotcha, and in a world with CM9/10, or other ROMs, is this even an issue anymore. I don't think I'd ever judge a device based on stock software - that can be changed. Hardware on the other hand. I'd rather have a solid device that will last me years. (proof - still running the GS1 (Epic 4G) - it runs CM10 - solid hardware, software - who cares.

        • Greyhame

          True if the developers choose to develop for it. But LG's crappy software rep extends to developers as well, unfortunately.

          Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

          • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

            I don't know O2X P990 has many roms on XDA. But I think 4X has locket bootloader, so this is new lg feature? Locket bootloader?

          • http://twitter.com/nedlog2000 Jeff Golden

            My experience with LG phones is very limited but I love the hardware on mine. Good build quality, excellent display. I still think I'll go with a nexus device when the time comes to upgrade. If the manufacturer doesn't continue to release source code for newer os's you won't see much community development either. I'm running CM9 now and happy, but there are so many more options available with a google device.

          • wolfkabal

            And if it ends up being a Nexus device? Sounds like it's problem solved!

          • cat

            That's not true. LG has pretty good open source support as far as their open source releases go - they're not like Samsung with broken releases or HTC with late ones. The CM maintainer behind LG phones has said before that LG's support is one of the best, but they keep it quiet, just like Sony.

        • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

          Yes, it's an issue. My G2x has yet to see a fully functional ICS or JB ROM because LG/Nvidia haven't released compatible drivers. The drivers are stuck in GB land. While enterprising devs have figured out workarounds to almost everything, there's only so much they can do (notably, video recording doesn't work).

  • Mike

    Is this the LG LS970 (aka Eclipse 4G LTE) that was rumored by Brief Mobile back in May? Specs seem almost exactly the same.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I forgot about that. Yes, it does look like that phone.

  • IncCo

    Sounds like a beast..

  • aNYthing6

    First phone in the US with Quad Core Krait, right? Nice.

  • Greyhame

    I wonder if there's no branding because this will be the next Nexus...

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    LG biggest problem is support. P990 stip without offic ICS Q2, Q3 is over and still nothing.

  • PINJ

    Horrendous Speed

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    I might consider it if it has NFC and gets CM10.

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    why are hardware keys still a thing :(

    • Goldenpins

      Its virtual keys. Like the S3. They light up, but there not actually there.

  • Paul_Werner

    Could it be that this would not be a Nexus because they are saying that they are getting the LG Optimus G? I mean if it were a Nexus would Sprint and AT&T even announce they are getting this if it's going to be rebranded later?

  • Alex

    How about android 4.1 & USB 3.0?