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Preview: LG Optimus LTE2

Preview: LG Optimus LTE2

The first smartphone to come with 2GB of RAM

The LG Optimus LTE2 will initially launch in Korea next month.

The LG Optimus LTE2 will initially launch in Korea next month.

The LG Optimus LTE2 is the first smartphone to include 2GB of RAM.

LG was the first smartphone manufacturer to produce a phone with a dual-core processor — the Optimus 2X — and was also first with a quad-core powered smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. It has now switched the focus from processor to RAM with the LTE2. Obviously, the "2" in the LTE2 name refers to its 2GB of RAM.

RAM aside, the biggest attraction of the LG Optimus LTE2 appears to be 4G LTE connectivity. LG hasn't finalised specifications for the device, which is currently only scheduled to launch in Korea. However, if it does launch in Australia it will most definitely work on Telstra's 1800MHz 4G LTE network.

The LG Optimus LTE2 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The dual-core processor includes an integrated LTE chip on board. Most users shouldn't notice a speed difference between a dual-core smartphone and a quad-core one during regular, daily use so the dual-core processor should't be a downgrade when compared with other flagship models.

The LG Optimus LTE2 has a 4.7in True HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720, hence the "HD" name. It also has a rather impressive pixel per inch rating of 326ppi putting it ahead of the 4.65in Samsung Galaxy Nexus (316ppi), the 4.7in HTC One X (312ppi) and the 4.8in Samsung Galaxy S III (306ppi), though equal with the 3.5in iPhone 4S.

The LG Optimus LTE2 comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calls and includes integrated wireless charging. LG says the inductive charging feature is compatible with any charger that uses the wireless standard. The phone comes with a 2150 mAh battery.

The Optimus LTE2 runs the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software, though it appears to come with an LG UI overlay. Extra features include a burst mode for the camera and a voice recognition function that allows you to snap photos without pressing any buttons.

LG plans to release at least four LTE smartphones in Australia by the early part of 2013. The company has refused to confirm or deny whether the LTE2 could be one of those.


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