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Quad-core Beast: LG Optimus 4X HD
This beauty has some serious power!
by KC Calpo | Oct 4, 2012
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The parade of shiny, shimmering, splendid tech toys continues and, to be honest, all these sweet gadgets coming to the market—one after the other, mind you—can make anyone's head spin. For the ladies, it's quite like being at that wonderful boyfriend buffet known as the Cosmo Bachelor Bash. To you gents, it's akin to the show of hotties who effortlessly make you stutter and sweat at any FHM event.

The Home screen

The LG Optimus 4X HD is part of that constantly growing pack of smartphones, and has the brawn to match the good looks. This coveted combination can make it stand out in a field populated by iPhones, Samsungs, HTCs, and Nokias. Sure, this phone's a head-turner, but here's the only real question you should ask: should you take it home and play with it? Let's find out.

Sexy beast

There's no denying it: The 4X HD is really easy on the eyes. Heeeeey, sexy lady! (Sorry, we just had to make a Gangnam Style reference, kahit na medyo gasgas na.) In terms of physique, it's similar to the Samsung Galaxy S II we regularly use (slim and blocky). It also sports a glossy, all-black front with a textured back side, which adds more pogi points to the package.

With the Samsung Galaxy S II (right)

Thickness is at just 8.9mm. True, other smartphones are a bit more anorexic, but it's definitely no fattie. It also feels slightly heavier than the Galaxy S III but hey, we know a lot of dudes who'd go for a chick with some meat any day. Overall, we're liking the looks of the 4X HD and we bet it'll elicit a few oohs and aahs from your peers when they see it for the first time.  

Goodbye, buttons (almost)!

This baby uses physical buttons sparingly; the Power button on top and the volume rocker on the left are the only functions given external keys, so there's no confusion about which one to push. The micro USB port is at the bottom portion while a 3.5mm port is placed beside the Power button.

Sexy back! The textured back side

Metal borders run around the phone's sides, with ridges on the left and right. An 8-megapixel camera (with LED flash) is situated at the back, with the small speaker vents on the bottom part. The 4.7-inch HD display is encased in Gorilla Glass (for added durability) and dominates up front, with a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera at the top and three soft keys (for Back, Home and Menu) at the bottom.

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The good news is you don't need to get a micro SIM card or cut up your current SIM as the 4x HD uses standard-size SIM cards as opposed to the likes of the iPhone 5 which gobbles up only nanoSIMs.

Hard hardware, sweet software

The Optimus 4X HD has Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, although it's also well suited to run the next-gen Jelly Bean update once it becomes available. Anyway, the point is its hardware is right up there with the best of the smartphone world. Think 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, dual-cameras, and, of course, Wi-Fi and 3G. Whew! 

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