S. Korea's LG Electronics launches new smartphone
SEOUL (AFP) - LG Electronics launched on Tuesday its new flagship smartphone which will have to compete against a flurry of new products from rivals Apple and Samsung who currently dominate the global market.
The South Korean electronics giant said the new gadget - called Optimus G - would hit domestic stores next week before sales begin in Japan in October and other regions including North America in November.
The new phone - powered by Google's Android software - is equipped with a new quad-core processor made by Qualcomm that helps run applications about 40 per cent faster than existing quad-core processors.
About 13.2cm long, 6.9cm wide and featuring a 4.7-inch touchscreen, Optimus G allows users to zoom in on moving video images and takes photos by recognising voice words like "cheese" or "smile." It can also simultaneously display overlapped images of two applications, for instance allowing users to exchange chat messages or search the Internet while watching a video played in the background.