On paper, LG’s high-end smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD seems to have it all, quad-core processor, a True HD IPS display, thin and light design, 8MP with HD recording ability and Ice Cream Sandwich. Had this been released early in 2012, we would have something that blows the competition out of the water.
As far as the dimensions go, this would be a smartphone that could fit nicely in our palm and its square look quickly reminds us of the once popular Samsung Galaxy S2. Aside from the inclusion of the LG logo and the absence of physical button, we could easily confuse the two at first glance. It’s only marginally heavier at 133 grams and bigger at 8.9mm thick.
With 720p resolution spread over an impressive 4.7” True HD IPS LCD capacitive display, LG Optimus 4X HD does make an amazing high-end smartphone. Unfortunately, there seems to be greater gap between the glass layer and the display itself and the amazing clarity is lost when viewed from the side. Taps don’t register occasionally, which leaves us wondering whether it’s actually a resistive screen.
Propelled by a fast 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, the phone zips long quickly like nobody’s business. And you will have trouble trying to slow down even by opening multiple demanding applications.
Android 4.0 is at the heart of the phone’s software solution and we get music widgets, Google Search and Yahoo! Weather by default. Though not many people know how the underlying Android OS works, nearly everyone can use it easily due to intuitive interface design. With seven homescreens to choose from, the proud owner of LG Optimus 4X HD can add dozens of shortcuts, folders and widgets for immediate access.
With its 8Mp rear-facing camera, the handset will easily prove itself as a fairly competent point-and-shoot device. The image quality won’t be the best in the industry, but still quite passable. The 1.3MP front-facing snapper is decent enough for quick video calls.
There are some slight annoyances with the phone, the poorly assembled display and its affinity for fingerprint can smudge the otherwise exquisite graphics representation. Overall, LG has worked really hard to make the phone looks nice and comfortable to use. The overall design is spot on and the quad-core chip flies along so quickly, you wouldn’t believe it’s there.