LG to start worldwide rollout of Optimus G smartphone this month

22 Jan 2013

When it first came on the scene late last year, LG hailed the Optimus G as its most technologically advanced device to date. Now, the premium smartphone will start appearing in more than 50 new markets as LG begins its global rollout.

The Optimus G is currently available in the US, Canada, Korea and Japan, and has been well received. It will launch in more markets worldwide this month, starting with Singapore.

While the company has not specified which countries it’s targeting, the focus for the 4G-ready smartphone is on markets making full use of this spectrum – which likely rules Ireland out for the time being.

“As 4G LTE availability expands on a global scale, we will leverage our strong LTE technology and expertise to offer consumers the best 4G experience through our devices,” said Dr Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

The Optimus G claims to have a longer battery life, thinner profile, and clearer display than its competitors and runs on Android Jelly Bean powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor.

Meanwhile, Irish customers are also awaiting the arrival of the Nexus 4 from LG and Google. However, reports around Europe suggest a problem with supply and demand in countries like the UK, France and Germany, where the phone is currently available. Until these issues get sorted out, and Ireland’s 4G network is up and running, it’s unlikely LG is going to look Ireland’s way.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.