Samsung and Pantech laid their cards on the table, and now it's time for LG: the third major Korean electronics manufacturer to reveal a flagship smartphone this week. What you're looking at is the LG Optimus LTE 2, and while the company doesn't provide a lot of specs, LG's heavily touting the phone's "True HD" IPS screen (without mentioning a particular resolution or screen size), Android 4.0, and longer battery life.
Thanks to the combination of a processing chip with integrated LTE connectivity (almost certainly a Snapdragon S4 MSM8960) and a 2,150mAh battery, the company says it lasts 40 percent longer than the original Optimus LTE (which you probably know as the LG Nitro HD) on a charge, and the device has an integrated inductive charging coil to wirelessly top it up. On the software side, there's also a five-shot burst mode for the camera, and voice recognition for taking photos, not unlike on Samsung's Galaxy S III: you can say "Kimchi" to trigger a shot.
The biggest claim to fame, though, is the inclusion of an unprecedented 2GB of RAM, which seems like overkill for a phone. LG says the extra memory should ensure high stability even with multiple applications running simultaneously, but that hasn't necessarily been a problem in the past for Android devices we've used. If you live in Korea, you can expect to see it in mid-May, when it launches on all three major cellular carriers in the country.
Hyunhu Jang contributed to this report.