LG Optimus LTE III spotted in South Korea with Android Jelly Bean

LTE II

A new handset dubbed the LG Optimus LTE III has turned up in South Korea, where it is expected to be released later in the year. The device apparently carries the model number F260S and even though not much is known at this point, it seems to keep a lot of features from its predecessor.

The Optimus LTE III will be the first in the series to be based on the Jelly Bean operating platform, more specifically taking advantage of the 4.1.2 version of Android. We’re seeing the latest Google mobile OS find a place in an increasing number of devices and even lower-end ones are jumping onto the platform.

In a way it’s probably good that this version of the OS is being put onto handsets and tablets, since version 4.2 reportedly brought along a few issues. Thankfully, Google set out to resolve most of these with an upgrade in the form of 4.2.2.

This bit of news apparently comes from Japanese website Blog of Mobile and suggests that the phone will come with an MSM8960 chip running the dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at a clock speed of 1.5GHz.

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Sadly, the actual screen size hasn’t been mentioned, but what is known is that it will be able to display images and video at an HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Now this isn’t as high a resolution as we’ve seen with a few other devices already, but it should do the job.

What the F260S brings to the table to trump its successor is a larger power unit. It has a battery of 2,540mAh capacity, to the 2,150mAh unit of the LTE II. The specs (what we know anyway) seem fairly mid-range and we expect a price to be set accordingly.

As per the company’s plans for the LG Optimus LTE III, there’s no word on whether it will make it to other countries. According to Unwired View though, the smartphone is to be launched sometime this year via the country’s SK Telecom network, although an exact release date escapes us at the moment.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specifications that we know so far.

– OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
– CPU: dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (MSM8960)
– Screen resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
– Battery capacity: 2,540mAh