Barcelona, Spain - LG went to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) here with an expanded lineup of 4G LTE smartphones.
These include the company's first quad-core phone, a next-generation glasses-free 3D phone, and a big-screen phone that competes with Samsung's Galaxy Note hybrid tablet/phone.
The company didn't say when or if any of the new devices will wash up on U.S. shores.
LG's first quad-core smartphone is the Optimus 4X HD with NVIDIA's quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor and True HD IPS 4.7-inch display.
The 4X HD, designed to optimize multimedia performance, is billed as featuring the world's only 4-Plus-1 quad-core processor, developed by Nvidia to incorporate a fifth battery-saving core that handles less-demanding tasks such as active standby and music playback. The quad-core processor also incorporates a 12-core graphics processing unit to deliver what LG claimed is "console-quality game playability."
The 4X HD's other key features include Android 4.0 OS, 1,280 by 720 display, 16GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 2,150mAh battery, and depth of only 8.8mm. It also features a "prism-edged" design.
LG's first phone/tablet hybrid, or "phablet," is the Optimus Vu, which features 5-inch 4:3 True HD IPS display compared to Samsung's Note hybrid with 16:9 5.3-inch display. The LTE-equipped Vu features Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS but is upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device also features 1.5GHz dual-core processor, ability to write and draw on documents via a stylus, 32GB of internal memory and 2,080mAh battery. The display's 4:3 aspect ratio is said to be optimized for easy viewing and note taking.
Other Vu features include 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1080p 30fps video capture, 1,024 by 768 display, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and stereo Bluetooth. The device, due in Korea, features 800MHz LTE, which is not used in the U.S.
Another new LTE Android phone is the Optimus 3D Max with glasses-free 3D display, which displays 3D images and videos captured by the phone. The 3D pictures and videos can also be displayed in 2D mode. In addition, the phone converts 2D content to 3D, including such content as Google Earth and Google Maps, via its 3D Converter feature.
The phone also up-converts Open-GL-based 2D games and applications to HD on an MHL-connected (Mobile High-Definition Link) TV when the games and applications are converted to 3D by the phone. LG plans to expand its selection of games, apps and video optimized for the 3D Converter feature.
Other key features include a rangefinder feature that calculates the distance between the camera and an object while calculating the object's dimensions through triangulation.
The 3D Max will launch with the Android 2.3 OS but is upgradable to Android 4.0. The 9.6mm-thick phone features 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display with Corning Gorilla Glass, 8GB internal memory, 5-megapixel dual-lens camera, DLNA with 3D support, 1080p MHL video output, 4G HSPA+ 21MBps cellular technology, and nearfield communications (NFC). NFC can be used with LG-provided NFC tags whose predesigned macros automatically adjust settings such as GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and volume. Different LG tags could be used to put a phone into car or office mode or into sleep mode.
Earlier this year at International CES, Sony unveiled similar tags.
In another launch, LG unveiled the first three smartphones that incorporate its L Style design strategy, which features a square and slimmer look, more intuitive key arrangement, and metallic accents. The three L Style Android phones in the Optimus series feature screen sizes up to 4.3 inches. Two feature Android 4.0 OS. LG said it would offer launch dates and more specs at a later time.