Announced in February this year at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona, two of the most anticipated LG Android-based smartphones have entered the Malaysian market – the LG Optimus 4X and the Optimus 3D Max.
The LG Optimus 4X HD is regarded by many as the successor to the Optimus 2X – LG’s previous gen Android flagship. The once world’s first dual-core Android smartphone was eagerly anticipated but failed to make an impact due to stiff competition from rivals Samsung amongst others.
LG hopes the Optimus 4X HD will fare better with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a larger display – 4.7-inch True HD IPS with
1280×800 1280×720 resolution and a pixel density of around 320ppi – and a 1.5Ghz quad-core 4-PLUS-1 Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, that features four performance cores to handle intensive tasks and one companion core for non-processor exhaustive tasks like handling text messages and calls.
The Optimus 4X HD also comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB on-board memory, dual-mic active noise cancellation and a micro SD memory expansion slot. In the imaging department, the Optimus 4X HD is equipped with a 1080p video-capable 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. To top it off, there’s a 2,150mAh battery that should offer up good stamina all wrapped in a body that’s just 8.9mm thick.
The Optimus 4X HD retails for RM1,799 which is really cheap when compared to its direct competitors — the Samsung Galaxy S III (RRP RM2,199) and the HTC One X (RRP RM2,099)
The Optimus 3D Max is an improvement over the original Optimus 3D with a 4.3-inch 800×480 Gorilla Glass 2 display (approx. 217 ppi). Powering the device is a 1.2Ghz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB of on board storage with a micro SD card expansion slot.
In the camera department, you get a dual-array 5MP rear camera that shoots 1080p videos in 2D mode and 720p in 3D. Battery capacity is a rather standard 1,520mAh.
The Optimus 3D Max retails for RM1,599 but we’d rather something else without the 3D capabilities.
The long awaited high end Sony smart phone dubbed Hayabusa has taken its own sweet time to make an international appearance. Expected as a high-end addition to the Xperia line up, the device was launched as Xperia GX that’s exclusive to Japan. While there’s no new updates, someone has managed to get their hands on an engineering model of a supposed international version.
The LT29i Hayabusa which is intended for international markets shares the same design and specs as the Xperia GX. It maintains the similar Xperia arc design and it is slightly thinner with 8.6mm at the thinnest point (Xperia arc at 8.7mm). Powering the device is a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and it comes with a higher 13MP camera. Over at the front, it has a larger 4.6″ display that does 1184×720. The odd number is due to its additional screen real estate to cater for on-screen Android navigation buttons.
The GX comes with an all-black front and the Xperia logo is said to be illuminated, likely in the same fashion as current Xperia smart phones. Hopefully the illumination can be tweaked as a notification light. While phones without removable battery and memory expansions are getting popular, the LT29i fortunately comes with a accessible back for battery, microSIM & microSD slots.
Since this is an engineering model, there are a number of limitations such as a capped processor speed of 918
GMHz and the 1,700mAh battery included is said to be non-final. No news on availability but it is likely that Sony Mobile might reveal the LT29i along with other new entry smart phone models during IFA2012 that’s happening end of this month.
Head after the break for more photos and a hands-on video of the LT29i.