Two Korean news agencies, Yonhap and Aju News, are reporting that LG’s next new flagship will be called the Optimus G Pro. Said device will have a 5.5 inch full HD (1920 x 1080) screen and it could hit the market as early as this quarter. Earlier this month we heard some rumors the G Pro, and these reports pretty much confirm them.
Without even knowing anything about this phone, we’re going to say the market will not give it any attention. This is a smartphone that’s being intentionally rushed out so that it can compete against the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5S/6. This isn’t the Optimus G2, the true successor to the Optimus G, this is just the old Optimus G we already know about, but with a 1080p screen.
Does anyone remember the Optimus 4X HD? That was “the world’s first quad core” smartphone that LG announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2012. When did it start shipping? During the summer. What device did LG announce in September? The Optimus G. Can you spot the pattern here? LG likes to announce a phone that they think the public will like in the first half of the year, fair to deliver a compelling product, and then finally come out with a tweaked device during the second half.
Think about it for a second. The Optimus G, the device that’s the best LG has to offer, at least according to their public relations team, only now broke the million units sold barrier. It took two months to hit that figure.
Can LG genuinely come out with something that’ll make everyone start taking them seriously again? The Nexus 4 clearly proves that LG can make something people want, but it’s such a shame that they didn’t make enough.