The follow up to the Optimus G is likely to be called simply the G2 and to arrive in late summer. LG has sent out invitations to the press for August 7, for a media event in New York. The company didn’t reveal the theme of the event, but from the talk we’ve been hearing, it’s certainly the G2.
LG has been doing pretty good for itself lately. The second largest Korean smartphone maker managed to double its shipments in 2012, and has already sold 10.3 million devices in Q1 2013, prompting analysts to increase targets for this year.
LG’s current success is largely owed to a focus on quality and cutting-edge specifications, which allowed it to put out a series of successful devices, starting with the Optimus G, launched in the second half of 2012.
The successor to the Optimus G will be just as impressive from a technical point of view, as it will be powered by the new Snapdragon 800 system on a chip from Qualcomm. The SoC will bring LTE Advanced compatibility (though that should prove useful for a very limited number of users), more speed, 4K resolution and 4K playback support, and lower battery consumption. In short, Snapdragon 800 is the processor that will be powering high-end Android phones for the next 6 to 12 months, and LG will be among the first manufacturers to use it.
If you were hoping to see LG’s long time coming flexible display on the G2, you’re in for a disappointment. The first plastic-based panels will only trickle out in the fourth quarter of the year, and there’s no way LG would use a brand new technology on a high-profile bestseller like the G2.
We expect to see more details on the G2 leak over the next six weeks, so stay tuned.