The new LG Optimus LTE II is the South Korean company’s new attempt to regain market share snagged by rivals like Samsung, which has just recently been crowned the largest phone vendor by volume by Gartner, IHS iSuppli and Strategy Analytics.
The LG Optimus LTE II is no sissy, however, as it packs a serious punch bound to get the attention of those looking for a smartphone endowed with the latest and greatest hardware specifications. Unveiled in South Korea this Thursday, the new LG flagship smartphone is praised by its maker as its most powerful LTE smartphone.
According to The Associated Press, the LG Optimus LTE II will pack 2GB in RAM, a feat that LG says makes it multitask way better than the competition. LG is proudly proclaiming it to be the first time 2GB in RAM has been put in a smartphone.
Powering this new superphone from LG is a QUALCOMM Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chipset armed with a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor. Also helping the LG Optimus LTE II run multiple applications at one time or a single but very demanding application is its Adreno 225 graphics processing unit.
Also featured on the device is its screen, a 4.7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 720×1,280 (720p) which LG dubs a TrueHD IPS LCD screen. This is the same resolution as the Galaxy S III but on a smaller screen so the pixel density is better.
Furthermore, the LG Optimus LTE II has been endowed with better power efficiency, LG has revealed. According to the company, its battery life is 40 percent longer than the LG Optimus LTE. The LG Optimus LTE II has a 2150mAh SiO+ battery rated at for up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time.
Internal storage for the LG Optimus LTE II is 16GB which can be increased via a microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB cards. This is a good thing as you’d have a lot of space to store all those photos taken with the 8MP rear-facing camera and the 1.3MP front-facing camera.
Connectivity is, as you’d expect from the name, headlined by LTE. However, the LG Optimus LTE II also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP LE. For ports, it has a 3.5mm audio jack and a MicroUSB (MHL) port USB 2.0 HS.
The operating system powering this new smartphone is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coated with the Optimus user interface.
As for price, the Agence France-Presse says that the Optimus LTE II will be sold for 935,000 won (about $800) in South Korea.
“The Optimus LTE II is the most powerful smartphone technology currently available in Korea,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park in a statement.
“With a faster LTE network, the barrier for downloading and running very large applications is no longer a significant one for many customers, which is why LG saw a need for more RAM on high-end smartphones,” the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company president and CEO added.
The rear camera of the LG Optimus LTE II has a feature which lets users select the best photo after a multitude of shots. Other noteworthy features is wireless charging which was also announced by Samsung for its Galaxy S III.
Speaking of Samsung and its good fortune as of late, LG has been in the opposite side of fortune. The company has had enormous losses since 2010. Nonetheless, it hopes that the wider adoption of LTE in the U.S., Japan and South Korea will fuel demand for its high-end LTE smartphones.
From the looks of it, LG is betting that the Optimus LTE II becomes the phone which turns the tide for the company.
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