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LG Optimus LTE launches in Korea with 1280 x 720 IPS display, LTE, and a dual-core 1.5GHz SoC

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The LG LU6200 has become the Optimus LTE, one of a growing new breed of HD phones.

LG Optimus LTE
LG Optimus LTE

Anything Samsung can do, LG will try to do even better. Samsung’s Galaxy S II HD LTE today has met its match in the similarly super-specced LG Optimus LTE. Previously known under the codename LU6200, this handset comes with a 1280 x 720 resolution on a 4.5-inch IPS display. That packs the pixels even more tightly than on Samsung’s 4.65-inch HD phone, giving the Optimus LTE a pixel density of 326ppi. The dual-core 1.5GHz processor is also a direct match for LG’s local competitor, as is the Android 2.3 OS and relatively generous 1,830mAh battery. 1GB of RAM and 20GB of onboard storage (4GB built in, 16GB on a MicroSD card) are connected to the world via DLNA, HDMI, Wi-Fi Direct, the usual 3G, and — as the phone’s name suggests — LTE. The Optimus LTE will be available this week through SK Telecom in South Korea, though if you’re not interested in carrier subsidies it’ll also be available for KRW899,800 ($760) without a contract. A launch schedule for markets outside Korea hasn’t yet been determined, but it’s unlikely that LG will restrain its most powerful smartphone yet from testing international waters.