AT&T’s LG Optimus G

Sprint just announced customers could pre-order the LG Optimus G starting today for $199.99 with a new two-year contract or eligible upgrade.

So, what’s so special about this particular LTE Android smartphone? Well, it has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It also features a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB built-in storage, NFC, and a 2,100mAh battery.

Unfortunately, this powerful handset boasts the aging Ice Cream Sandwich OS. There is also no mention in the announcement of an upcoming upgrade. Take a look at 9to5Google’s hands-on review of the AT&T version for a full spec refresher.

Oh, but we must note the LG Optimus G’s cheese shutter. Yeah—you heard that right. The smartphone’s camera is voice-activated by words like “cheese” and “smile”—eliminating the need for a shutter button. Um, interesting?

AT&T folks should keep an eye out for availability too, as the competing Sprint carrier previously said it would open the pre-order gate Nov. 2.

Sprint’s press announcement is below. 

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Pre-order Begins Today for LG Optimus G™ from Sprint

Sprint’s latest superphone features a 13MP camera and ‘Cheese Shutter’

Calling all Photobugs! LG Optimus G™ from Sprint is available for pre-order beginning today for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade at http://www.sprint.com/landings/lg_optimus_g/

LG Optimus G has an advanced 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that introduces several unique features, making the smartphone an ideal one-stop shop for talking, texting, traveling the web and taking pictures on the go.  With Sprint’s LG Optimus G, you can leave your point-and-shoot camera at home.

For those choosing not to pre-order, LG Optimus G will be available Nov. 11 in all Sprint channels, including Sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1.

LG Optimus G is the first smartphone to combine the power of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core CPU processor with Sprint’s 4G LTE network, creating an extremely fast mobile experience. This powerhouse processor allows the Optimus G to have cutting-edge camera features such as burst shot and smile detection.

Think about all the ways in which you take photos on the fly, like when your child makes an adorable face and you want to quickly capture it before the fleeting moment passes. When activated, Time Catch Shot takes a burst of photos before the shutter button is pressed. Then you can choose among multiple photos and pick the best one to share with your friends on social media sites.

Are you the soccer mom or dad who loves taking action shots of the big game? Smart Shutter senses the motion of the camera and adjusts the shutter speed accordingly, so your images will come out crisp and clear.

If you find yourself behind the lens when your group of pals wants to take photos for Facebook, the LG Optimus G camera is voice-activated by words like “cheese” and “smile” so you don’t even have to depress the shutter button.

For those of you interested in technical specs, here are a few standout features:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU processor
  • 2,100 mAh battery with up to 13 hours of talk time
  • 4.7-inch True HD (high-definition) IPS Plus display (1280 x 768) with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 32 GB of internal memory
  • Android 4.0
  • 2 GB of RAM

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