LTE Optimus LTE

LG has today unveiled its latest Optimus smartphone, the Optimus LTE, and the device has already been tipped as a contender to the Samsung Galaxy S II.

As you’d expect from the name, the device boasts speedy 4G LTE connectivity, in addition to a 4.5-inch TrueHD IPS display, which LG says is the country’s highest-resolution 4G handset, with an impressive resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

Other goodies include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor powering the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, an 8-megapixel camera capable of high-definition video recording, and a hefty 1,830mAh battery to keep it all going. The device is also capable of DLNA media streaming, and has a built-in HDMI port.

It certainly sounds like it could compete with Samsung’s flagship smartphone on the inside, but externally, the device is significantly thicker at 10.4mm. That’s still not bad for a smartphone of this size, however.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, says the Optimus LTE is part of the company’s goal to be the leading vendor of LTE devices:

“LG Optimus LTE is the first smartphone in Korea to offer vivid and clear HD content on a 4G network.”

“Our goal is to be a leading player in LTE devices by continuously offering best-in-class products based on our LTE patents and know-how.”

The Optimus LTE will launch in South Korea on October 5 via SK Telecom, however, there’s no word just yet on its launch in other territories.

What do you think of the LG Optimus LTE? Does it do enough to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S II?