LG Mobile World Congress 2012 preview

LG Mobile World Congress 2012 previewThe absence of the Samsung Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress has left a smartphone-shaped hole in our hearts, but – rather than spend the conference curled up in a ball crying – we’re praying (not literally) that one of Sammo’s rivals will step up and win us over.

We have high hopes for quad-core goodies from HTC (the One X now looks like being the star of the show by default) and Huawei, but don’t forget Samsung’s South Korean cousins, Lucky Goldstar. Their line-up doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Rewinding back a year or so (Mobile World Congress 2011 actually took place earlier in the month), LG appeared to be on top of the world. It had revealed the world’s first dual-core smartphone (LG Optimus 2X), world’s first autostereoscopic smartphone (LG Optimus 3D) and world’s first 3D tablet (LG Optimus Pad). Oh, and there was also the humble LG Optimus Black.

LG’s Mobile World Congress stand was positively buzzing, and, despite me having a good moan about the LG Optimus 3D’s autostereoscopic display hurting my head, James Martinez awarded the manufacturer 9/10 in MCW 2011: all the big players rated.

The remainder of LG’s 2011 wasn’t exactly sunshine and lollipops, but let’s not dwell on that too much.

And so to Mobile World Congress 2012. As is often the case, we’ve had enough leaks over the past few weeks to build a pretty vivid picture of who’s bringing what to Barcelona. Ready for LG stuff?


The LG X3 is tipped to be LG’s first quad-core smartphone, and will go head-to-head at Mobile World Congress 2012 with the aforementioned HTC One X and Huawei Ascend D1 Q. It’s thought to have a 4.7in 1280x720 display, Tegra 3 processor, 8MP/1.3MP camera combo, 16GB internal storage and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

Sounds good to us. However, let’s hope the LG X3’s sub-9mm chassis can still accommodate a decent-sized battery. Hmm.

LG Optimus Vu

The LG Optimus Vu is contender for one of the oddest devices at Mobile World Congress, with a 4:3 aspect ratio. LG reckons that makes it easier to hold, but we’ll reserve judgement till we get our hands on it.

Rumoured LG Optimus Vu specs include a 5in display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Presumably Ice Cream Sandwich will follow at some point.

LG Optimus 3D 2

Say what you want about autostereoscopic technology (Christ knows I have), but some people are quite fond of 3D smartphones. The original LG Optimus 3D didn’t exactly fly off shelves, possibly because it was a big thick fatty, but Lucky Goldstar is having another go with the predictably titled LG Optimus 3D 2.

We first heard whispers of the LG Optimus 3D 2 back in September 2011, and already the manufacturer was hinting that it’d be super-slim. Again, like the LG X3, that makes us worry about the battery life, but we won’t write it off just yet.

The LG Optimus 3D 2 will be thinner and lighter, with a 4.3in IPS display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. I’ll be first in line if it makes an appearance at Mobile World Congress.

LG Miracle

The above chaps are all Android-based, but don’t forget poor old Windows Phone 7. LG is following up on the LG Optimus 7 (and that Jil Sander variant) with the LG Miracle.

The LG Miracle is rumoured to have a 4in display, 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera with 720p vid cap, 1.3MP on the front for sexy-time naked calls, and 8GB internal storage. There’s also talk of NFC, which would be a Windows Phone first.

So there you have it. We’ve got quad-core, autostereoscopic, Windows Phone 7 with NFC and a strange 4:3 smartphone-tablet hybrid. I kinda like it.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 17, 2012 at 14:51

Just curious: are there actual LG 'fans'?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 17, 2012 at 14:57

I have an LG fridge...does that count as being an LG fan :p?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 17, 2012 at 15:00

I have an LG fridge...does that count as being an LG fan :p?



ACTUALLY: first hit when searching for "LG fan" :D

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 17, 2012 at 15:10

Like this one ^^^^

I hate the thing, actually. It has a really annoying beep that sounds when the door's been open for more than a minute, which would be a useful feature but for the fact you can't turn the damn beep off when you're loading the fridge up with goods. I've take to blu-tacking the light switch down when I'm loading it, so the fridge "thinks" its door's closed.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 17, 2012 at 15:18

Bloody hell...I am an LG fan, one of my TVs is made by LG as well... :p


Treab  Feb. 17, 2012 at 16:06

Matt... quit delete account anything... just go... you wont be missed :p

an lg fan indeed... next he will admit to owning a 2x..

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 17, 2012 at 16:34

The fridge keeps stuff cold, I don't care about the brand. As for the TV it was a bargain, stops my OH whining about me using my Xbox in the living room :p.

Treab  Feb. 17, 2012 at 16:36

oh god it gets worse... an xbox... GET A PS3 AND A 360 LIKE A REAL MAN ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 17, 2012 at 16:41

I'm happy with just my 360 (though I have no problem with the PS3, I just don't want two games consoles). Anyway, if I came home one day with another games console I'd have some explaining to do haha :p!

Treab  Feb. 17, 2012 at 17:04

just say you spent the equivalent of what she spends on shoes..

socialjeebus  Feb. 17, 2012 at 17:25

Brother-in-law works for them, as do a couple of my mates (I lives in Seoul) and I'm not a fan! Got a cheap fridge, a quality TV and a quality washing machine.

It's really hard to give a **** about the brand because it's difficult to figure out why I should care about them or what they represent...

krogothnx  Feb. 17, 2012 at 19:52

i actually go out of my way to avoid LG as a brand. they always seem like they dont care about their products, theyll just churn out any old thing that'll make them money and thus nothing about them seems like good quality.

that said i also dont think that samsung can make decent phones. they just feel too plasticy to me.


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