Optimus 4X HD

When I first opened the box for the LG Optimus 4X HD, the words "wow" came out of my mouth. It's 4.7-inches of sexy, iconic LG style, in white, and that's a good way to get me hooked. We had an earlier look at the 4X HD at CES in 'Nawlins, and walked away impressed with what LG was showing us with both the new hardware and software. The 4X HD is a beauty, and built like a tank. 

The specs are at the top of the heap, with it's 4.7-inch IPS HD display at 720p (and it's stunning), a Tegra 3 and 1GB of RAM under the hood, NFC, Gorilla Glass, removable 2150 mAh battery, and micro SD card slot. It rivals the HTC One X in the screen quality department, and at this early stage I'm not sure which is better -- they are both that good. The software's no slouch either, with Android 4.0.3 and LG's newest iteration of the Optimus UI, which is a vast improvement from what we've seen with older models.

What really got me excited was in the settings. We see many really cool phones from players like LG, that are destined never to come to the United States. While we can't say for sure that we'll see this one on our side of the pond, we can say LG has built US English into the firmware. That means it is ready to go with a dictionary, display language, date, time, currency, everything is set up for use inside the US. That's something we don't usually see in phones solely for Europe or Asia, and I think it's a good sign.

I'm going to give the 4X HD a run for a bit and let you know what I think after it's all said and done. In the meantime, hit the break for some video and pictures.

There are 18 comments

vinny jr says:

Great job Jerry. Always loved their hardware. So many dynamite phones coming out this year. Seems like the manufacturers have really stepped up their construction. Hopefully we can get that phone in the US. It probably has AT&T radios running?? Would be nice if it was Pentaband???????

Thanks Jerry

Interestingly, not only is it quad-band GSM/HSPA, the AT&T APN settings were baked into the firmware. It recognized an AT&T SIM card with no fiddling, for voice, SMS, MMS, and data. I know that's not really a big deal, but it's the first international LG phone I've seen that would do it.

mallengi says:

Does this mean that my T-Mobile SIM card will work for voice calls but will not get me HSPA+ support?

Acelx says:

You'll get Voice + Data but you will only get 2G data.. since its quad-band and not pentaband

Finally, LG is getting back in the game.

We can only hope that they learned there lesson on how much they have lost on low def small screens.

Please don't ever say "Nawlins" again.

sndplace says:

Great review! I'm a Sammy Fan Myself but i could have a phone from every Manufacturer I would

dante501 says:

It is for me the best Android phone out right now. I have them all the international One X the international Galaxy S3 and this just stunning LG Optimus 4X HD. And it is the best of the bunch. It is darn sexy and good built quality and it seems just like the best Android right now. Probably the one of the 3 I gonna use as my daily driver. Screen is stunning. Beats the Galaxy S3 screen in a big margin and the HTC One X is a hard call but I also would slightly give the 4X the upper hand. Compared by side the same picture on lowest and brightest settings you will see the color and screen difference and the 4X looks the best.

ehiggins says:

Those buttons look horrendous

PWC Realtor says:

As someone who's had to live with a G2x for the past year I somewhat hope this comes to T-mobile as the G4x or whatever. It's the next best thing to a Nexus.

chaz0717 says:

G2X. It's the reason I wont go near this thing. You lied to me LG, then stopped supporting your lie. Never again.

mallyuk says:

Amen to that. I won't buy anything from LG again until they prove they won't sell and abandon, as they have with earlier phones. No doubting they can build a stonking phone, but once they have your money, they don't seem to want to know.

Maybe things have changed, but we will see when Jellybean is announced, whether they start making vague promises about update schedules, contradicting themselves, then releasing it waaay late and full of bugs (if at all).

Prove me wrong, LG.

FatherD says:

Here, here
I had the Optimus Black - don't ever wish to be lied to again by LG.

Jeremy626 says:

2 niggles... menu button... and the small black border around the screen... like WTH is that? come on lg. jeez.

FatherD says:

LG is company that lies continually about software updates - no thanks!

mikehardez says:

Focus groups make fugly UIs.

jojones44 says:

I really want to get this phone

jojones44 says:

I just moved over to android from my iphone 4 less then a month ago. Let me say that i love my android ten times better then my iphone. the only problem i have is that it is hard to figure out what phone is the best, but i really love the specs on this LG. Let's be real LG puts out good product.