LG, Motorola Unveil Prey for iPhone 5

Last week Apple took the world by storm with its unveiling of the highly-anticipated iPhone 5. Now, two major rivals in the smartphone biz, LG and Motorola, have unveiled devices they hope will keep consumers from joining the growing legion of Apple fanboys. Good luck to them.

First, LG. Its newest device, the Optimus G, uses Google’s Android platform, boasts a massive 4.7-inch screen and a very impressive 13 megapixel camera. It uses Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon processor and is capable of connecting to the fastest mobile networks.

The Optimus G is expected to hit retail shelves in South Korea next week. It’s not yet clear when the device will arrive in the United States.

Meanwhile, Motorola showed off its new RAZRi in what the firm calls the “biggest launch since the original RAZR”.

Given that the original RAZR suffered more than its fair share of technical problems, that may not be the best way to introduce the new RAZRi. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to be impressed with the RAZRi’s super-powerful 2GHz Intel processor, which promises to give the device (and Motorola) a leg up on the competition.

“This chipset gives us exactly what we want to launch in these markets,” said Brian Morley, Motorola UK General Manager. “It gives us the ability to create a compact device, it gives us speed and it’s a mid to high tier, mass market device.”

The goodies don’t stop with the processor, however. The RAZRi also comes equipped with a large 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass display that Motorola says is completely waterproof. The device also boasts an 8 megapixel camera, which Motorola says is capable of shooting ten pictures in less than a second.

Like the Optimus G, the RAZRi is going on sale elsewhere before arriving in the U.S. According to reports, it will hit the European and Latin American markets this October. The date for a U.S. launch has not yet been announced.

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