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LG unveils quad-core Optimus G with 4.7-inch IPS+ display

The flagship smartphone features Android 4.0, 4G LTE support, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and 32GB of storage.

The LG Optimus G.
The LG Optimus G.

LG today announced a new flagship smartphone, boasting 4G LTE and the Snapdragon quad-core processor.

Dubbed the Optimus G, the device is designed to lead LG's smartphone line. The flagship handset comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and a 4.7-inch HD IPS+ display offering 1,280x768 resolution. According to LG, it bundles 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM into the device. It also features Bluetooth 4.0 and near-field communication support.

Perhaps the most surprising addition is the mammoth 13-megapixel rear camera to complement the device's 1.3-megapixel front-facing option. According to LG, the device supports "live zooming," which lets users zoom in and out while viewing a video. A new Cheese Shutter feature lets users take a video after giving a voice command.

In terms of design, the Optimus G comes with a black or white finish. The front of the device boasts a prominent screen with the LG logo and three buttons beneath the display. The back cover's design has a "polarized glass pattern," according to LG.

LG's handset is scheduled to launch in Korea in September. The company will offer the handset in other markets around the world at some point after that. With that launch schedule, the Optimus G will likely go head to head with Apple's iPhone 5, which is rumored to be hitting store shelves at the end of next month.

LG has so far not provided pricing on the Optimus G.