Better late than never, LG’s Optimus G turns up in the UK

LG Optimus GThe LG Optimus G was originally announced in August last year, yet LG took the odd decision not to release it in the UK until now. At the time of its announcement, it was scheduled only for Japan and Korea, but we hoped to find out more as the year went on.

Despite subsequently releasing the phone in the U.S., the UK was ignored; but now the Optimus G is for sale, let’s find out what we’ve been missing. Predictably for a phone released in mid-2012, the specs are solid but fail to quite match those offered by phones released this year. A quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor is hidden inside the phone, along with 2GB of RAM, while the Android 4.0 operating system has recently been given an update to 4.1 Jelly Bean.

So far so good, and it continues with a 13-megapixel camera on the back of the phone, while a large 4.7-inch, TrueHD+ screen can be found dominating the front panel. Sadly, it’s a 720p display, so newer hardware such as the Sony Xperia Z, HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 beat it on resolution. It’s a 4G phone, and should be quite happy to run in EE’s 4G LTE network, should the price be acceptable.

If you like the idea of grabbing LG’s Optimus G, the team at Expansys will happily sell you one SIM-free for £470. To compare, the Xperia Z is £530 and the HTC One £520.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars