Ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, LG is sneaking a few peeks at what it plans to show to the world, with its latest announcement suggesting that a quad-core HD-capable smartphone will reach customers this year.

Packed with features, the upcoming LG Optimus 4X HD will include a plethora of high-tech goodies, such as the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor – the same chip used in the superb Asus Transformer Prime – and a 4.7 inch IPS LCD screen with 1280×720 resolution, like that of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

A big 2150mAh battery is also expected, as well as 16GB of storage, WiFi, DLNA, a thickness of 8.9mm, and Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No word yet on whether LG will include 4G LTE connectivity, although we suspect we’ll find out more when LG officially says more next week at MWC.