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LG Optimus 4X HD, quad-core goodness in a smartphone

LG recently showed its first quad-core Android phone well ahead of the others and also the Mobile World Congress in the form of the Optimus 4X HD. We can safely say that the quad-core phones are the superphones of 2012. Seriously, quad-core? On a phone?


The LG Optimus 4X HD uses NVidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor making it one helluva powerful smartphone in today’s standards. But quad-core? On a phone? I keep on asking what good will a quad-core on a smartphones do when its highly unlikely you will be doing your video editing or code compiling on a phone. We’ll get back to that later.

Anyway, not considering the quad-core processor, the Optimus 4X HD is just like your typical 4.7-inch (1280 x 720) phone with an 8.9mm thin form factor that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Then there are the usual goodies that are standard on a high-end phone: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM and 8-megapixel camera capable of full HD video recording. No word on NFC or HSPA+ but still it’s shaping to be one badass phone from LG.

Ok back to quad-core phones. The game changer. What can a phone do with four cores? Well the main thing I can think of is a zippy performance when switching between apps. But isn’t that what we said when we saw the first dual-core phone? And I believe ICS was further optimized on how the Android OS handle multiple apps. I’ve been using the HTC Sensation for quite awhile and here’s one thing I noticed, just like desktops, it gets laggy at times in the long run so I guess more cores are welcome but I do wish they also increase the RAM.

On the issue of battery life, the Tegra 3 on this phone uses what NVidia calls a 4 plus 1 architecture. It’s necessarily a 5-core processor with the 5th one being a low-powered core for low-resource tasks like e-mail, music and messaging to save on battery.

Well be on the lookout for more info about this phone once MWC 2012 commences.

LG Optimus 4X HD Specs:
Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
ULP GeForce
4.7″ HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 720 resolution
Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
1.3 MP front-facing camera
Full HD 1080p video recording @ 30fps
HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
8.9 mm thickness
Li-Ion 2150 mAh
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  • Griswold

    Meh… i have no use for 4x core phones. pataasan na lang ng ihi ito. what’s next? plug it into a monitor? use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard tapos may super portable PC ka na running on Android? 🙂

    • JmBalicano

      lol. I was actually thinking of that portable PC idea sans plugging it into a monitor.. Although you can technically do that on more affordable Androids too.. LG is trying to do the whole first to the scene with a quad core phone. Same thing they did with the Optimus 2X. It’s best to wait for a few reviews before buying this, seeing as the 2x was buggy as hell when it first came out. Still, it looks like LG is ramping up their game.

    • lawrence

      The concept of connecting your phone to a monitor and using a wireless keyboard/mouse has been around for a while. This is supposedly aimed at a full desktop experience.

      “A full Ubuntu desktop, on your docked Android phone”


      • lawrence

        “In every dual-core phone, there’s a PC trying to get out.’

        “A full Ubuntu desktop, on your docked Android phone”

        “Your next desktop could be a phone.”

        “Just cause for more cores!”

  • LG focus more on hardware specs. They should pay attention with the design and other application that smartphone can possibly do.