What’s more catchy than an extremely generic product name like “X3”? How about a longer generic name that’s already appeared on dozens of handsets? PocketNow reports that the LG X3, rumored to be the South Korean manufacturer’s new flagship when it appears at Mobile World Congress, will be rechristened the LG Optimus 4X HD. Why 4X? Who knows. Changes from a codename to a more generic name for actual release aren’t uncommon, and our American readers should remember that LG tends to bow to carriers when it comes to US branding – see the Optimus LTE and its Nitro HD and Spectrum names on AT&T and Verizon, respectively.

Just to jog your memory: the LG X3 was previously rumored to feature a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a massive 4.7-inch 720p display (likely featuring the same IPS LCD technology as the Optimus LTE) with 16GB of on-board storage and an 8MP rear camera. The original source claimed that the superphone runs Ice Cream Sandwich, but since we’re seeing a Menu button in the capacitive navigation area, Gingerbread at launch is still a distinct possibility. The CX3/Optimus 4X HD has already been put through the benchmark gauntlet, and come out way on top of the rank and file of high-end Android phones.

For those of you keeping track, that’s at least four Tegra 3 phones we’re expecting to see unveiled at Mobile World Congress next week: HTC’s One X (nee Edge), Fujitsu’s unnamed 13.1-megapixel monster, Huawei’s Ascend D1 Q, and now the LG Optimus 4X HD. In addition LG has recently unveiled the Optimus 3D Cube, AKA the 3D Max, with its lenticular display, along with the more luxury-oriented L3, L5 and L7, all likewise sporting the Optimus branding. If you can get through all of that without a chart of some kind, good for you – everyone else, head over to our Mobile World Congress 2012 portal to get the latest.


  1. I do hope the rumored “Cayman” is the code name for this phone on Verizon. I’d love to get my hands on one of these on Verizon’s LTE network…


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