By Stephen Schenck | July 11, 2012 12:21 PM
LG cooked-up the Optimus LTE2 as its response to the likes of HTC’s One X and Samsung’s Galaxy S III, taking its original Optimus LTE from last year and bumping specs up all over the place. We’re left with an Ice Cream Sandwich Android running a Snapdragon S4, featuring a hefty 2GB of RAM and a 4.7-inch 720p display. Already available in Asia, we’ve been keeping an eye out for signs of the phone’s launch elsewhere. It seems that we’re getting closer and closer to an eventual Verizon release, as evidenced by some new imagery of the handset showing-off how it will appear for the carrier, but it may not be the same LTE2 as has arrived abroad.
One of the LTE2′s primary features, or at least the one that first gets our attention, is the 2GB of RAM, currently a rarity for smartphones. That would have given the LG an advantage on paper, at least, when compared against models like the HTC One XL. Unfortunately, today’s release of this new imagery is accompanied by a leaked service manual claiming Verizon’s version, the VS930, will instead arrive with a mere 1GB of RAM. That’s not a dealbreaker, and this should still be a very competitive smartphone, but it feels like a sleight, all the same.
We shouldn’t be surprised to see that a phone which still uses hardware Android buttons is getting them a bit reformatted for its American release, as is the case here; LG goes for the full four-button treatment.
Apparently, there’s a chance that the VS930 could arrive even sooner than we had expected, with the latest rumor making a July 13 launch, just a couple days away, a new possibility.