Just a few days before the purported event that will witness the launch of the iPhone 5, Qualcomm has issued a statement confirming that it will provide LG with its latest system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon S4 Pro, to power a new mystery LG quad-core smartphone.
The handset is said to be currently in production with delivery in Korea scheduled for September 2012 and global rollout to follow. We suspect that the SoC that will power the phone will either be an MSM model (which adds the modem to the SoC itself) or an APQ model paired with an MDM9615 modem.
The phone is likely to replace the Optimus 4X HD as LG's new flagship handset and could well be a refreshed version of the Optimus LTE2. The latter was unveiled back in May 2012 in Korea and boasted some impressive features including 2GB of RAM, unheard of for any smartphone at the time.
It won’t be the first with an S4 Pro SoC, of course: the Chinese-built Xiaomi Mi-Two already sports an S4 Pro, the APQ8064, which is clocked at 1.5GHz.
Other features are likely to include 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 16GB onboard storage with a microSD card slot, a 4.7in True HD-IPS LCD display with a 1,280 x 720 pixels display, Dolby Mobile, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, a massive 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.