LG Corrals Snapdragon with New Optimus Q Handset

The hottest mobile chip in town is Qualcomm's blazing fast Snapdragon processor, which LG has managed to catch and stuff inside its latest Android-powered smartphone, the Optimus Q. While the Chocolate had long begun showing its age, the Optimus Q brings to the table several modern amenities, including an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, touch-sensitive optical trackpad, accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation duties, 3GB of internal storage, up to 32GB of expandable storage via a microSD card slot, 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, and other odds and ends.

But let's not kid around, it's the Android/Snapdragon/QWERTY keyboard combo that's the real selling point here and gives LG a fighting chance to thrust itself back into relevance among fierce competition from the likes of Samsung, Sony, and of course HTC, all of which have Snapdragon solutions of their own.

Right now the Optimus Q is selling for about $758 in South Korea. It's unclear when LG plans to fly the Snapdragon-powered handset over to the U.S. market and for how much, though when they do, we imagine will sell for considerably less.

Full spec sheet here.