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AT&T’s first quad-core LTE phone, LG Optimus G, available Nov. 2

AT&T(s t) previously announced it would sell the LG Optimus G, but held off on price and availability details until Monday. The Optimus G, AT&T’s first quad-core smartphone with support for carrier’s LTE network, is available on Nov. 2 for $199 with contract. Online pre-orders begin tomorrow, Oct. 16.

AT&T Optimus G

The Optimus G is what I’d call a powerhouse of an Android phone based on the specifications. LG has paired Qualcomm’s(s qcom) 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with 2 GB of memory. I have an early review unit of the phone — it arrived a short while ago — and the handset’s general speed is impressive. The phone also comes with 32 GB of storage capacity (16 GB internal and a 16 GB microSD card , 8 megapixel camera and runs Android 4.0.4(s goog) on the 4.7-inch IPS touchscreen with 1280 x 768 resolution.

I’ll have a video look and review of the Optimus G for AT&T later this week, but my first impressions show a well designed and made handset that’s thin and fast. Even with a 4.7-inch display, the phone isn’t too difficult to use with one hand and one of the keyboard options is a Path keyboard where you swipe out words without lifting a finger. As noted, the device won’t ship with Android 4.1, known as the Jelly Bean version of Android.

4 Responses to “AT&T’s first quad-core LTE phone, LG Optimus G, available Nov. 2”

    • Gerald Smith

      The operating system of this phone is Android and some versions of Android are more mature and can provide better system management than a newer less refined version. Newer versions of Android like Jelly Bean may have a few issues that are being worked out and will mostly likely be fixed soon. So rather than installing a less proven version of Android on the device they are going to install the battle tested fully functional version for now. Once the new version passes all tests and manages all intended functions of your device with near perfection, then the device will update itself or give you a prompt letting you know it is time for an update. That is my understand anyway.

    • Aaron, phone manufacturers need to commit to a specific version of the O/S at some point during the development and test process. Newer versions of the O/S may be available at the time of launch, but you can’t just throw the latest version on the phone and expect everything will be OK. You don’t necessarily see this with Apple because they only have a single phone, and they’ll therefore advertise the “availability” of one O/S version. But you can bet your bottom dollar that Apple isn’t shipping the latest version of the O/S – it’s just the latest generally AVAILABLE version of the O/S, as other newer versions are in alpha, beta, and release candidate stages. This is a product of how the software development lifecycle works – it’s not unique to any one vendor or device.