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In a crowded and competitive segment of smart phones, LG has introduced the Optimus G – the latest Android smart phone. The new handset looks quite similar to the iPhone; something that might catch most people’s fancy.

The LG Optimus G features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, NFC and 32GB of built-in storage.
It has a 4.7 inch, 1280X768 pixel display screen with a 15:9 screen ratio (16:9 is common on Android handsets and even Apple’s iPhone 5).The Optimus G is positioning itself as the first 4G LTE smart phone with a quad-core processor. Thus far, quad-core has been limited to 3G networks.

However, the coolest thing about this smart phone is its several user-friendly features. It has a “Q-Slide Function” that enables simultaneous viewing of two different apps on one display. So you can say, post on Facebook while you’re surfing the news.

Another very useful feature called the “Dual Screen Dual Play” allows the Optimus G user to stream one image into a nearby HDTV while looking at a different image on the phone. For example, during a party, a montage of images could be wirelessly streamed to a TV while the presenter’s reading out notes displayed on the phone.

The phone is available with either a 13 or 8 megapixel rear camera – both capable of shooting video up to 1080p. The camera responds by taking a snap as soon as a user says a specific word, such as cheese, kimchi or smile. An added feature allows for zooming in and out of a video being played on the device, whether streamed or stored on-board.

The Optimus G does see a lot of software modifications made to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The handset goes on sale in Korea next week and launches in key global markets in October, but the price is yet to be confirmed.