22nd Aug 2012
I got to play around for a little while with the LG Optimus 4X HD at its recent launch event. The 4X is LG’s answer, albeit delayed, to the likes of HTC's One X and the Samsung GALAXY S III. Naturally, one might wonder if this latest smartphone is a worthy competitor to the "veterans" in the quad-core segment. Well, we'll have to leave that debate for when we do a proper review of the handset. For now, here are my first impressions of the product, based on my brief hands-on experience with the Optimus 4X HD.
As the name implies, the 4X sports a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It has a large 4.7” IPS display, which is fairly bright. The screen's pixel size is 720x1280, thus resulting in a pixel density of around 310 ppi (the iPhone 4S has 326 ppi). Thus, the display's icons and text are very sharp. Holding the phone is also a pleasure, since it is lightweight and offers a firm grip with its textured back panel. The build quality is also up to the mark.
As expected with such a powerful CPU, the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) interface runs very smoothly, without any noticeable lag or frame drops. The UI has been customized by LG’s Optimus UI v3.0, which gives you the ability to replace app icons with photos taken from the camera instead. It also offers the ability to zoom in and out while playing videos.
Although it lacks a dedicated camera button, you can use the volume control key for the shutter control. The time between shots is very low, while the resulting photographs are fairly decent under good lighting conditions. Unfortunately, I did not get to test the camera performance under low light.
Keep your eyes peeled on TechTree.com for a full review very soon. In the meantime, here's a video of the interface.
Preview: LG Optimus 4X HD
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