This is just too confusing. LG is readying the Optimus G Pro (two versions of it, in fact), the G2 is also said to be in the works, while Europeans are only now getting the first-gen Optimus G? That’s downright ridiculous!
And yet this is the way LG is choosing to do business. And they wonder why they can’t be as successful as Samsung…
Oh, well, at least they’re throwing a buttery Jelly Bean treat in there to make Europeans feel like they’re not the least important people on Earth. But that’s only going to enrage Americans, who are still stuck on Android 4.0 ICS on their Optimus Gs. LG just can’t get a break!
Besides the adding of Android 4.1 in the mix, LG hasn’t changed much, so this is the same old Optimus G we’ve known from November 2012. You get a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 4.7-inch IPS display with 1,280 x 768 pixels resolution, 4G LTE speeds (where they’re achievable), 32 GB of on-board storage and a 2,100 mAh battery.
We’re unsure about the camera, but we don’t even what to think how pissed Europeans would get if LG was going to slap the “new” Optimus G with an 8 MP snapper. So 13 MP it is… hopefully!
Getting back to the software for a second, let’s say the traditional JB tweaks are not flying solo. LG has also updated the QSlide feature and added Safety Care and Privacy Keeper.
G’s first stop on the old continent will be Sweden by the end of this month (so, next week), followed by France, Germany, Italy and other unspecified countries in March. No words on pricing yet, but with the far more impressive Xperia Z and HTC One launching any day now, LG needs something special to draw attention. Maybe €500? Less?