Can the Optimus G be LG's comeback hero?

Can the Optimus G be LG's comeback hero?LG has been off form for a while now, but with more fancied Korean rival Samsung nursing a billion dollar hangover thanks to Apple, now seems a good time to step up, and LG has just the smartphone for the job.

It's codenamed the Optimus G, and looks to have the specs to take on the best in the mobile business and come out smiling.

We're a long way from having all the details on LG's latest high-end slugger – for example, we don't even know the screen size yet. But while we don't know the size, we can tell you that the Optimus G's screen will be a True HD IPS+ affair with iPhone-matching quality levels and a resolution of 1280 x 768.

LG says the home-grown panel is good for 470 nits of brightness, yet uses as much as 70% less power than Samsung's AMOLED screens (when showing a pure white background).

Impressive stuff, as is the new combined glass/LCD surface that reduces thickness by 30% and gives on-screen graphics that nifty floating look.

The LG Optimus G looks like it might be pretty special on the inside too, and is set to come packing the latest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, which is fast. Real fast.

All that comes from a dry-as-sandpaper press release from LG itself, but we're hoping to get a better sense of what LG has up its sleeve during IFA 2012 in Berlin this week.

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CTPAHHIK  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:42

And if it's not a hero LG can sell screens to competition.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:53

Of course, LG just messed up the new Macbooks LOL http://news.softpedia.com/news/Retina-MacBook-Pro-Burn-in-Issue-Tied-to-Faulty-LG-Displays-288161.shtml
More lawsuits #yay

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:55

If this gets CM support, it looks like a promising device (for me). Shame it's not AMOLED, I just can't get used to non-true blacks on mobile displays any more. Samsung need to hurry up and make a phone with a SAMOLED+ HD display. I know it's possible, they managed it on the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:59

If this gets CM support, it looks like a promising device (for me). Shame it's not AMOLED, I just can't get used to non-true blacks on mobile displays any more. Samsung need to hurry up and make a phone with a SAMOLED+ HD display. I know it's possible, they managed it on the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

I partly agree - having used Nokia ClearBlack devices and the N9 even the iPhone 4S can look a bit wishywashy... having said that: when anything non-black looks Touchwizly garish, I rather not have true blacks and compromise instead.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 20:10

If this gets CM support, it looks like a promising device (for me). Shame it's not AMOLED, I just can't get used to non-true blacks on mobile displays any more. Samsung need to hurry up and make a phone with a SAMOLED+ HD display. I know it's possible, they managed it on the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

I partly agree - having used Nokia ClearBlack devices and the N9 even the iPhone 4S can look a bit wishywashy... having said that: when anything non-black looks Touchwizly garish, I rather not have true blacks and compromise instead.

Compromise; CM10 on an AMOLED device. No TW, lovely blacks.

Win,win.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 20:15

No, matt, ICS on the N9 is the compromise :p
What am I saying? That's sacreligious...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 04:55

No, matt, ICS on the N9 is the compromise :p
What am I saying? That's sacreligious...

ICS is old now, though. Does the N9 have a working JB port?

Kalv  Aug. 28, 2012 at 08:00

I bought a LG Optimus 2x when it came out... biggest mistake ever. They never supplied any system's update, drivers were a nightmare to install (still are), device is heavier than all others in the same category, customer support is non-existant. I will never buy a smartphone from LG again.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 14:48

I bought a LG Optimus 2x when it came out... biggest mistake ever. They never supplied any system's update, drivers were a nightmare to install (still are), device is heavier than all others in the same category, customer support is non-existant. I will never buy a smartphone from LG again.
Seems to be a recurring theme among most people who've admitted to buying a 2X, unfortunately :(.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 28, 2012 at 16:43

Let me see - Desire HD, Sony Play, Desire S, Original Galaxy, Sensation XE were never upgraded either.

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