Telstra connects with LG for next Optimus smartphone

Previewed last year and not expected until March, the Optimus G has found an exclusive partner, with Telstra grabbing LG’s next major smartphone exclusively.

Set to be the flagship handset for LG for at least the next six months, the Optimus G looks to embody much of what has made the Google Nexus 4 popular.

Hardly surprising, given that the Nexus 4 was made from a cut-down and slightly redesigned version of the Optimus G. Still, there was one major thing that it lacked, and that was 4G, something that will be coming in LG Optimus G.

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Coming in March, the G will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 320 graphics chip, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 13 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, DLNA, Near-Field Communication (NFC), 2100mAh battery, Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean,” and GPS, all under a 4.7 inch HD (1280×768) IPS display.

While many of these specs are bang on close to what’s on offer in the Nexus 4, LG is bringing its own additions to Android as well, including dual screen functionality and QuickMemo which allows you to quickly jot down notes atop anything you’re doing and keep them on screen, such as writing down a phone number in the middle of a phone call.

“This isn’t just another high-performance phone with the latest bells and whistles,”said LG Australia’s Lambro Skropidis. “It’s a collaboration of some of the best component makers on the planet coming together for a singular cause: to develop a smartphone that truly stands out from its competitors and offers consumers practical features in line with LG’s commitment to making lives better.”

Pricing for the Optimus G has yet to be announced, but it will be a Telstra exclusive with an availability likely to be sometime in early March.