LG Optimus 4X hands-onSee all photos
Our eyes were drawn to the HD IPS display(1280x720) found here; impressive viewing angles are coupled with vibrant colors and brightness. It may well be a pentile display beater, but we'll have to see whether it can take the crown away from Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus variant over more extended use before we call that fight. The quad-core chip here is NVIDIA's Tegra 3, with the same FOUR-PLUS-ONE core
That quad-core processor was also put to good use with some new video playback bells and whistles. Alongside some high (and low) speed playback options, you can actually use pinch to zoom functions typically reserved for stills. Given that the phone records at 1080p, the quality of close-up footage remains pretty good. Web browsing was unsurprisingly lightning-quick, presumably courtesy of that processing power and while Ice Cream Sandwich looked (on the surface) to be a loose re-skin of stock Android 4.0, LG's interpretation often left us confused. From the homescreen, the far right of the three capacitive buttons -- which acts as the multitasker on the Galaxy Nexus -- takes up a settings role, offering up wallpaper and app options. We had to hold onto the home button to arrive at the task manager. An eight-megapixel camera stares out from the back of the device, packing those aforementioned full HD video talents, while a 1.3-megapixel front-facer will be watching your every swipe of that HD IPS screen. For photography fans, unfortunately, there's no two-stage camera button. In fact there's not a single camera button.
LG's stepped up to the powerhouse smartphone game again and it looks like they may have a better grasp on what we're looking for in a top-end Android phone. Hopefully it'll be able to compare favorably against other processor-packed devices -- because it looks like there's going to be competition for the quad-core crown.