LG's Brand-New Optimus 4X HD Sounds Like an Absolute Beast

By Sam Gibbs on at

At this rate LG’s not going to have anything new to unveil at MWC next week. It’s officially spilled the beans on its Tegra 3 quad-core, 4.7-inch monster Android phone, the LG Optimus 4X HD.

It packs Nvidia’s latest and greatest chip, which it’s calling a 4-PLUS-1 – four traditional processing cores plus a fifth “battery-saver” core that deals with less demanding tasks like playing music and when your phone is in standby. The CPU is also joined to a 12-core GPU, so games should fly on this beast.

The Tegra 3 chip is clocked at 1.5GHz and is backed up with 1GB of RAM; 16GB of storage; a 2,150mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s no 3D here thankfully, just a traditional 4.7-inch “True HD” IPS screen with a resolution of 1280x720. It’s also got an eight-megapixel shooter with Backside Illumination on the rear coupled with a 1.3MP front-facing snapper for video calling.

It’s a big phone, but at 8.9mm thick it’s not fat by any means. It’ll be shown off in full at MWC, but widespread availability and pricing is still under wraps short of the second quarter of this year. If you’re a fan of oversized phones but don’t want a phablet, the 4X HD certainly looks awesome on paper.