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LG Optimus G Coming To U.S. Later This Year

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Yesterday LG announced its new Optimus G for South Korea, and today it announced the phone will make its way to the U.S. sometime before the end of 2012.

According to TechCrunch, LG held a small press conference this morning to announce the Optimus G will come to the U.S. The manufacturer couldn’t name any carriers for the new Android smartphone, but it did show off a rather impressive phone.

The LG Optimus G has a 4.7-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The Optimus G is the first phone we know of that uses Qualcomm’s new quad-core chip, which explains why Qualcomm was a major part of the event.

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The pre-release Optimus G at the press conference ran Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with no talk of a Jelly Bean upgrade. We imagine an update is in the works.

Even without the improvements made in Jelly Bean TechCrunch says the Optimus G is a rather fast phone with no hiccups whatsoever. That’s likely due to the new Snapdragon S4 Pro processor in the phone. Paired with 4G LTE the Optimus G sounds like it should satisfy the speed requirements for most users.

The LG Optimus G is one of the first smartphones on the market with a quad-core processor and 4G LTE. LG claims it is the first, but we assume that’s because the company chooses to ignore the South Korean quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III, and today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note II.

We should see the LG Optimus G on store shelves sometime in the next few months, we just need to wait to see which carriers slap their logos on it, and how much they’ll charge for it.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

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