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South Korean handset manufacturer LG has been struggling to get its withstand in the smartphone race since long. However, the company could not face the increasing competition from other companies including Samsung, the leading smartphone vendor in the world.
Speaking of LG's presence in the Indian market, it seems like the company has always considered the country not too significant. It can be said so as the smartphones and phablets from the company have always reached the shores of the nation only several months post release in other countries.
Recently, LG released Optimus G in India at Rs 34,500, which the tech world is awaiting for the launch of Optimus G Pro, which initially released in Japan and unveiled for the rest at MWC 2013 in Barcelona.
Speaking of specs, the flagship handset - Optimus G comes with a 4.7-inch IPS display with a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2,100 mAh Li-Po battery offering up to 135 hours standby and 15 hours talk time.
On the software side, Optimus G runs on Android Jelly Bean OS topped with Optimus UI. There are a couple of new features in the handset including QSlide, which allows users to use two different screens simultaneously on the handset. With QSlide users can also control the opacity of these windows.
Also, the camera interface as some nifty software enhancements including Cheese Shutter, which lets users to capture snaps by simply saying cheese, smile or LG. Further, Time Catch Shot allows capturing five photos and choose the best one.
On the whole, though it has arrived late to India, it can be said that the LG offering has some good traits. Moreover, priced at Rs 34,500 at the time of launch, the handset is available for sale online starting at Rs 30,990, which seems to be cheaper when compared to the price of competitors.
When talking of competition, how can one forget other flagship models including Galaxy S3, Lumia 920, BlackBerry Z10, One X+ and iPhone 5? Below is a gallery showing the details of Optimus G's competitors.
BlackBerry Z10 comes with a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, micro SD card slot, HDMI port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE and a removable 1,800 mAh battery.
With an expensive price tag of Rs 43,490, Z10 comes with expandable storage support and superior battery backup is your requirement, however, Optimus G has better camera performance, big internal memory storage and quad core processor for increased performance.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Galaxy S3 features a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection, quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 16/32GB internal memory, micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB expandable memory, Also, the handset is packed with features like NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
Priced at Rs 29,900, Galaxy S3 is relatively cheaper than Optimus G and comes with increased internal storage options and expandable memory support. However, Optimus G has improved camera performance.
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920 sports a 4.5 inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels along with PureMotion HD and ClearBlack display technologies, 8.7MP rear camera with PureView branding, 1.3MP front camera, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB 2.0, NFC connectivity and 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
With a reduced price of Rs 35,000, Lumia 920 costs more than the LG smartphone, which has a better processor and backup.
Apple iPhone 5
iPhone 5 sports a 4 inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels, a new Apple A6 chipset, 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory, 8MP rear camera with iSight technology, 1.2MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, 3G, micro USB 2.0 and a battery with 8 hours talk time and 225 hours standby.
While iPhone 5 is priced at Rs 45,999, which is pretty costlier than Optimus G, hence, in the budget conscious Indian market, the LG handset could take over the crown.
HTC One X+
HTC One X+ boasts a 4.7 inch Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, quad core 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 AP37 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front facing camera for video calling, 1GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, aptX, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and a 2,100 mAh Li-Po battery delivering 6 hours of talk time.
Though there are some good traits, One X+ comes at a hefty price tag of Rs 38,500 and hence, Optimus G might be a good option.