The next few months will be critical for Android manufacturers, with heavy hitters like the Galaxy S4, HTC M7, and the Sony Xperia Z expected to become available worldwide. For the big boys, it’s a vicious battle royale for the top position; for the smaller OEMs, it’s a desperate race for a glimmer of the spotlight. Where is LG in all this?
Last year marked a comeback for LG, with solid devices like the Optimus 4X HD preparing the ground for the twin superstars that hit towards the end of 2013, the Optimus G and the Nexus 4. But the mobile market is so fickle – LG needs to come up with something new and exciting to fight off the Galaxy S4 and the HTC M7.
Enter Optimus G Pro, a revamped version of last year’s Optimus G, that is set to be announced at MWC at the end of February. One variant of the device has already been unveiled in Japan, but the international version will sport a larger 5.5-inch full HD display.
Phone Arena got a tip with the alleged full specs of the Optimus G Pro. Most of them are standard fare for high-end phones these days, although a couple stand out as impressive:
- 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) AH-IPS display
- Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. @ 1.7 GHz
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB storage
- microSD card slot, up to 64GB
- 13MP rear camera, 2MP front
- 3140mAh battery
- Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
The tip also contained an image of the LG Optimus G Pro, so we can get a pretty good idea of what the device will look like.
My first thought: this is a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2! At 5.5-inch, the G Pro can stand toe to toe to the popular Note 2, much better than the odd Optimus Vu could ever do. If only the G Pro had a stylus, because the true strength of the Note 2 stands in its digitizer and the smart apps that Samsung developed for it.
Can the LG Optimus G Pro stand against the Galaxy S4 and the HTC M7? It certainly can. Judging from rumors, the devices should be comparable in specs, but features like the camera on the M7, or the app suite on the Galaxy S4 could tip the scale for one phone or another.
In my opinion, the success of the Optimus G Pro depends largely on the way LG decides to market it. If the launch will take months, LG can forget about it. On the other hand, the Koreans have already got themselves in a bit of a situation, given that the Optimus G wasn’t even rolled out worldwide!
Perhaps LG scheduled the Optimus G Pro for the summer. But in this case, why would they rush to reveal it at MWC? To speculate, I’d say it’s even possible that LG designed the Optimus G Pro to compete with the Note 2, while Optimus G is a threat to the Galaxy S4. No matter what LG decides to do, we’ll find out soon enough, so stay tuned.