LG’s LU-3000 Is Official—the Fastest Android Smart Phone Yet?

Screen of LG's LU3000 smart phone

South Korea-based LG is taking another stab at establishing some credibility in the Android smart phone game and its latest attempt—the LU3000—features the OMAP3630 processor from Texas Instruments and 1080p video output through HDMI. Claims are quickly popping up online that this is the fastest smart phone ever but until some verifiable benchmarks show up, I’m not buying it. However, from a pretty basic video test, it does look like LG’s newest smartphone is fast

LG LU-3000 versus Apple iPhone versus Samsung Galaxy S:

Poor iPhone 4. It looks like it’s having some difficulty connecting to the internet in this video so I’m not calling anything yet. Anyone ever have to wait this long for their iPhone or even iPod touch to start playing a YouTube video?

Specs of the LG LU 3000:

  • 3.8” touchscreen at 800×480 pixel resolution with IPS
  • 1 GHz TI OMAP3630 processor chipset
  • microSD card support
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • HDMI output in 1080p
  • GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support
  • Android OS 2.2 ‘Froyo’ with LG’s own UI on top (it’s pretty light)
  • Both black and white colored models available

Unfortunately, the LG LU-3000 has not been announced yet for release anywhere except in South Korea and comes with a hefty $705 price tag there (presumably unlocked?) according to Engadget.

In related news, LG has claimed on Facebook that Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ requires a 1 GHz processor. The exact quote is “So, the Optimus line won’t be getting the Gingerbread update because they have a 600MHz processor, and the minimum requirements for Gingerbread require 1 GHz processor. In other words: it’s not possible to update the processor, unfortunately” in response to a question posted asking when LG’s Optimus series of smart phones will receive the next version of Google’s Android OS.

The only problem with this claim from LG is that Dan Morrill—who is heavily invested in Android’s development—tweeted a response that there is no such thing as a “hard minimum processor requirement” for Gingerbread. Who’s right here? Even if there is no actual minimum requirement, has LG discovered through testing that a processor in the 1 GHz range is necessary to properly run Gingerbread? Food for thought.

Hope to see LG’s new smart phone here in the US soon? Wondering just how many phones will be left out in the cold once the Android Gingerbread updates start rolling out? Let me know!

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