LG Optimus LTE Tag

Following the unveiling of its 5-inch Optimus Vu yesterday, LG has announced another new smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress. The LG Optimus LTE Tag is a 4.3-inch Android-powered handset that focuses on LTE connectivity and near-field communication.

It's the first handset to boast LG's Tag+ technology (hence the "Tag" moniker) which allows you to change settings on the device simply by scanning an NFC sticker. For example, you can place a sticker on your office desk that automatically sets your device to silent when you scan it each morning, and another in your car that turns the ringer on again and activates Bluetooth. Pretty clever stuff, right?

Its insides aren't too shabby, either. As well as the LTE and NFC capabilities, you can expect a 4.3-inch IPS display with a 800 x 480 resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. There's also 16GB of storage as standard, and a 1,700 mAh battery.

One thing the Optimus LTE Tag is lacking, however, is Ice Cream Sandwich. The device will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but LG promises that the Android 4.0 update is on the way.

The Korean company is yet to announce pricing or availability, but it's possible we'll hear more about its new smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

What do you think of the LG Optimus LTE Tag?