If you’re one of those people who look to press images for clues as to potential launch dates, then you might expect LG to announce details for the Optimus G. CNET believes that this could be the case, given the fact that LG has an event scheduled for September 18. As to whether or not they provide U.S. information remains unclear however we certainly hope the phone comes stateside.
The Optimus G features a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU, a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 2GB RAM, a 2,100mAh battery, and NFC support. In other words, all the stuff that makes today’s Android phones super awesome.
Known internally as the Scorpion Mini
, this ICS handset’s barebones build can deceive the eye into believing it’s smaller than it actually is. But really, its screen is the same 4.3-inch, qHD, Super AMOLED Advanced affair as that of the original RAZR reboot
– just without the considerable bezel. So Moto’s engineers have trimmed some fat, but this cosmetic overhaul also goes below the surface. Keeping it fairly current is a gently skinned version of Ice Cream Sandwich (soon to be upgraded to Jelly Bean) that’s powered by a souped-up 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and 1GB RAM. And really, that’s about as modern as the RAZR M gets. Put down on paper, that mild spec bump might not seem compelling enough, but let us tantalize you with the device’s most attractive tidbit: $99 on-contract pricing. Yes, folks, this formidable Droid RAZR
redux has a retail positioning ace up its sleeve, but does that alone warrant two years of Verizon’s chains? Can a slimmer form factor, unchanged display and faster processor lure in the style-conscious on a budget? Or are you better off holding out for its bigger bodied (and batteried) Droid RAZR HD siblings
? Stick with us as we pass judgment on Moto’s little leaguer.