CES 2012 is a pretty big deal for consumer electronics giants like LG, and while the Vegas showpiece is typically a chance to show off the latest in TV tech, the mobile side of things is far from forgotten.
In LG's case the big new arrival is the Spectrum, and when we say big we mean it: it's a 4.5in behemoth with a 720p screen and a better PPI count than the iPhone 4S. So why aren't we making more of a big deal about it? Cos it's US-only, that's why.
To be fair, we are talking about a tech show taking place in the biggest smartphone market in the world, so it's inevitable that some of the goodies at CES will be US-only, but given the LG Spectrum's size, it's pretty hard to avoid.
As you've probably gathered by now, this one's really all about the screen, and 4.5in is a pretty big display, especially at a 1280 x 720 resolution that makes for a Retina Display-topping 329PPI pixel count. Before LG gets too excited, though, we'd advise drifting over to Sony's CES stand and check out the Xperia S, which offers the same resolution on an even smaller 4.3in panel.
Speaking of the Xperia S, you'll find the same 1.5GHz dual-core processing smarts on board the Spectrum. The camera is only an 8-megapixel unit, but you do get the 1080p video recording abilities that are becoming increasingly the norm on new Android phones. As with the Xperia S it'll ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread initially, with an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to follow.
Of course, that largely doesn't matter, as the LTE-loving Spectrum has been developed specifically for US network Verizon, and there's nothing at all to indicate a more global version is on the cards.
We're sure it is, of course, and no doubt we'll see it at MWC next month, but for now we're just gonna be a little bit grumpy.