LG announces the Optimus LTE Tag smartphone, brings NFC, “but with a twist”

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It addition to the LG Optimus Vu smartphone which was introduced Sunday morning, it looks like we have another pre-Mobile World Congress announcement from the folks at LG. The latest is for another smartphone, this one is dubbed the LG Optimus LTE Tag and it is being billed as brining NFC, but “with a twist.” But before we dive into the specs, lets cover the price and release details. So far nothing was offered in terms of either, well, except for the fact that the Optimus LTE Tag was going to be available first for those in Korea.

And touching back on the NFC with a twist. LG breaks this one down as a “unique” new feature which “uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to communicate with special stickers or “tags” that can be programmed to automatically change the phone’s settings.” For example;

“Swiping a tag upon entering the office could put the Optimus LTE Tag in silent mode and activate Wi-Fi. A tag on the car dashboard could be programmed to turn on Bluetooth, GPS and raise the volume.”

And perhaps the best part, according to LG, the “options are limitless.” That aside though, the remaining specs for the LG Optimus LTE Tag include the following;

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4.3-inch (800 x 480) IPS touchscreen display
  • Dual-core 1.2GHz processor
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 1700 mAh battery
  • MHL(Mobile High Definition Link) and DLNA(Digital Living Network Alliance)

Lastly, those who think it is a crime to release or announce a handset at this time that is running anything aside from Ice Cream Sandwich — rest assured in knowing that an update is already in the works. According to the details provided by LG, no specific timeline has been given however users will have the option to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich “later.”

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