We has broad details of the Optimus 4X HD's European launch from LG Korea a few days back, but today brings confirmation that the device is launching right now in Germany. Other European territories won't be far behind, though, as LG promises the 4X HD will arrive in the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and Italy soon afterwards. The closest we have to a UK release date comes from online retailer Clove Technology, which says it's been informed of a "mid-to-late July" launch window. UK mobile networks have yet to announce availability for the device.
LG's new flagship comes with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display and Android 4.0, topped off with LG's Optimus UI 3.0. For more on the Optimus 4X HD, be sure to check out our hands-on previews from Mobile World Congress and CTIA.
We've got today's press release after the break.
LG’S FIRST QUAD-CORE SMARTPHONE HITS EUROPE
Optimus 4X HD Includes LG’s New UX and Other Exclusive Features
SEOUL, June 11, 2012 – LG today announced that its first Quad-Core smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD, is now available for purchase in Europe. Since its introduction at the Mobile World Congress in February this year, the retail availability of the Optimus 4X HD has been eagerly anticipated. German customers will be the first to experience the power of Optimus 4X HD, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and Italy. The rest of the region, along with Asia, CIS, South and Central America will receive LG’s fastest smartphone in the weeks and months ahead.
With its high performance and stylish design, the Optimus 4X HD raises the bar significantly for competitors to match. Featuring NVIDIA’s 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core mobile processor, Tegra 3, the Optimus 4X HD boasts of unparalleled performance and speed. Tegra 3 automatically activates all four cores when a maximum power is needed but defaults to the fifth, battery-saver core when less power is required, such as during standby mode or music playback mode. And via the exclusive Eco-Mode application which will be provided with the software upgrade, users to manually shut down any of the Tegra 3’s cores for even more control over power consumption and performance. What’s more, with a 2,150mAh battery -- the largest among Quad-Core smartphones -- and proprietary SiO+ technology, the battery in the Optimus 4X HD is able hold a greater charge without adding bulk to the clean lines of the smartphone.
The 4.7-inch True HD IPS display on the Optimus 4X HD offers a superior high-clarity viewing experience with a resolution of 1280 x 720. Additionally, the 16:9 ratio allows for viewing more information at a glance and the device’s high pixel density of 313ppi and Stripe RGB IPS Panel offers sharper and crisper text. The Optimus 4X HD provides white background for the e-mail and message screen that users frequently use and True HD IPS allows for more accurate reproduction of white that enhances readability.
“The Optimus 4X HD is fast but speed alone isn’t what makes this smartphone so great,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Differentiated User Experience and exclusive features LG engineers have developed for this device set this phone apart as much as it’s Tegra 3 brain. With Optimus 4X HD, we’ve set the bar quite high for the industry and the competi-tion.”
The Optimus 4X HD boasts LG’s new User Experience (UX), Optimus UI 3.0, which includes QuickMemoTM. QuickMemoTM allows users the ability to instantly jot memos or notes from any screen, without having to open a separate application. The Optimus 4X HD also comes with Media PlexTM, which combines a range of functions to enhance image and video playback such as Fingertip Seek and Live Zooming. Media PlexTM also includes Time Catch Shot which allows one to select and save the best shot among the images taken just before the shutter button is depressed.
Tom’s Hardware, a global publication specializing in consumer electronics, selected Optimus 4X HD as one of the most innovative products at this year’s Mobile World Congress. For a video demonstration of LG’s most advanced smartphone, please visit http://2url.kr/cmj .