The LG Optimus G has been given some official availability time frames at a launch in the US. LG’s LTE Flagship phone will launch in South Korea next week and then roll out globally in key markets in October to ‘key’ markets. As we previously were informed by LG the phone which will have a slightly lower resolution camera than the one released globally going from a 13MP sensor to 8MP for the Australian release. The Optimus G will feature LG’s unique User experience and enable users to “live without boundaries”.

I spoke with LG Australia in regards to an Australian release and they advised :

LG Optimus G will go on sale in Korea starting next week followed by other key global markets in quarter 4 this year and is planned for release in Australia in early 2013.

Spec Wise the phone comes with a lot of hardware including the S4 Pro CPU which is shaping up to be quite a nice processor :

  • 4.7″ 1280×768 True HD IPS display with Zerogap Touch (in-cell touch) technology
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 CPU with Adreno 320 GPU
  • 32GB of internal storage (no microSD slot)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP Rear Camera & 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC
  • 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm, 145g
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with LG UX
  • 2,100mAh Battery
    • Talk time: 15 hours
    • Standby: 335 hours

The UX will include a number of features such as Quick Memo for jotting down information or sharing information via screenshots, Dual Screen Dual Play to allow mirroring of content between phone and TV and the Camera functions have been boosted with features such as Time Catch Shot which enables the user to choose the best among various shots taken before the shutter button is pressed, Cheese Shutter a function which allows the camera to be voice activated taking the picture on voice command, Smart Shutter which allows for camera vibration and Low Light Shot Noise Reduction that utilises a light monitoring system to reduce noise when photos are taken in periods of low light availability.

Looks like a great phone, but holding of release till 2013 is a bit of a downer on the release. Spec wise this phone looks brilliant even with the lower resolution camera, all we can do is wait and see what happens. Anyone looking at this phone as their next device?

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Why a lower resolution camera for Australia…are we living in the third world down here or something?…otherwise sounds quite impressive.


Daniel, nope.
No memory expansion equals I have no interest in getting one.
Add in the attitude by LG to launching the device at the same time in all markets, and I hope that this device fails utterly to find any joy here in Australia.


Lg said jelly bean by end of year for Korea. Maybe the aus version will launch with jb in early 2013…..


Other than the lower resolution camera, is everything else the same spec wise? If the international version supports lte here then it would be a no brainer for someone to simply just import it and having the 13mp camera as opposed to the 8mp


Google, please let this be the template for optimus nexus!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zac Butler

still launched with ics? dont think it will sell much lg dont really have a good track record for maintaining their devices after they are launched


What’s the deal with the manufactures, it’s been months since JB and they still don’t pre-install it? I’m holding off for the next nexus as I want the best google can offer right away 🙂

Daniel Tyson

I made the switch to Nexus after the Nexus One, I refuse to purchase anything but Nexus now, my only regret was the camera on the Galaxy Nexus, hopefully something decent on the next Nexus


Yup, no point when the Samsung GSIII will have 4G and JB out of the box. LG get your act together!