LG has announced a new Android handset with slide-out full Qwerty keyboard — Optimus Q2. The new LG Optimus Q2 slider handset features a 4 inch bright display and houses a dual-core 1.2 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Measuring just 12.3 mm thick, the new Optimus Q2 is expected to be launched in South Korea next week. There is no word on its price and availability in other regions of the world.
Yet another handset in the Optimus family, the new Optimus Q2 is expected to compete against the HTC Desire Z handset that has 14.2 mm thickness and Motorola DROID 3 which is 12.9 mm thick. By default, this LG slider handset comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
LG has used a 700nit bright 4 inch display built using IPS panel technology for the Optimus Q2 and is expected to support 480×800 pixel resolution. Under the slim 12.3mm chassis, the Optimus Q2 features a slide out full Qwerty keypad which has spaced out curved keys for better typing and tactile feedback.
The Optimus Q2 comes with a dual-core 1.2 Ghz Nvidia Tegra AP25 processor with 1 GB RAM and promises to support 1080p full HD full video playback along with support for DivX and XviD media codec formats. That means it can play your regular .avi files out of the box.
This slim slider handset features a 5 megapixel camera with single LED flash which is capable of recording 1080p full HD video recording. There is also a front facing VGA camera meant for video chat or video calling.
Wireless connectivity department has Bluetooth 3.0 that consumes low power and offers high speed data transfer. Besides, the handset supports 3G networks and WiFi Direct for faster mobile web browsing and using social networking applications.
LG Optimus Q2 packs 1500 mAh battery which can easily offer about 7 hours to 8 hours of talk time depending on the fact that data connections and WiFi are switched off.
It seems LG is certainly trying to catch up with its competitors by packing better hardware in its new smartphones. Hopefully this handset is available to more markets by next month at a competitive price and totally lures the folks who always wish to have a full Qwerty keypad along with a large screen Android smartphone.