LG Optimus 4X HD review

Can LG's first quad-core phone offer anything different?

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One of the in-things at the moment – which we first saw on the HTC One X – is the ability to shoot HD video and take photos at the same time.

And the LG Optimus 4X HD offers this facility too which is great. Video is filmed at a maximum 1920x1080 resolution with a frame rate of 3fps. Of course, that means large files – which is why that huge internal memory is so crucial.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

There are various effects that you can add to your videos like faces and fake backgrounds but we found them to be pretty rubbish and gimmicky. If this were a phone aimed at 13 year olds, it'd make sense. But here, it just wastes precious screen estate.

One problem we noticed in our videos is that the camera is constantly trying to refocus. It's a real shame because our videos kept on blurring out as the camera tried to fix itself.

It makes videos unusable in a lot of cases and we can't quite believe this passed LG's own quality control process. However, you can pinch to zoom in on a video you're taking, or do the same once the video is recorded too, which is a really handy feature.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

And while you can have the LED light illuminate your video in the dark, you can't turn it on during a video. There's no option. Which means you have to stop and start again having gone into the menu and fiddled about with it all. It's a tad annoying.

All in all, it means that this isn't the best HD phone video camera out there. And it's a real shame for LG.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS
SAR Value0.51 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus 4X HD
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 900, GSM 850, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1800, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time4 Hour
Product ModelP880
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)134 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density313 ppi
Height132.4 mm
Width68.1 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time100 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus 4X HD P880 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Product LineOptimus 4X HD
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGP880.AITAWH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • Optimus 4X HD P880 Smartphone
  • Standard Battery
  • Travel Charger
  • Earphone
  • Data Cable