Pre-orders for the phone will be available starting later today
Major carrier AT&T has just announced the upcoming availability of the LG Optimus G superphone. Customers will be able to purchase the smartphone beginning November 2 for only $199.99 USD, but it would require sign up for a new two-year agreement.The operator also confirmed pre-orders for the Optimus G will start later today, which means Android fans will be able to reserve their devices here.
Those who do not want to commit to a long-term contract can grab the LG Optimus G for $549 USD upfront.
Keep in mind that AT&T will be the first US-based carrier to launch the LG Optimus G, but Sprint will release it as well on November 11 for the same price.
Even though it's basically the same device, each Optimus G carrier-bound model comes with different features.
For example, AT&T's Optimus G comes with 16GB of internal memory and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 64GB), whereas Sprint's version packs 32GB storage, but lacks microSD card slot.
On the other hand, Sprint's Optimus G boasts an impressive 13-megapixel rear photo snapper, while AT&T's only has an 8-megapixel main camera. However, it all comes down to the size of the pictures, as quality is likely to be the same.
There are also some design differences between the two models, with AT&T's model looking a bit fancier, but other than that they're pretty much the same.
This means that both LG Optimus G variants will be shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, integrated with the LG Optimus 3.0 user interface.
In this regard, the South Korean handset maker announced yesterday a Jelly Bean update would be available for the Optimus G sometime in December, though we're not sure yet whether or not the timeline applies for carrier-bounded models as well.