LG G3 rumored to launch on May 17 with 5.5″ 2,560×1,440 screen, 5.9″ G Pro 2 to get MWC unveiling
LG is currently working on two high-end devices that it will launch in the next four months. This is according to a pretty plausible report coming out of the company’s native South Korea today.
First to be unveiled will be the LG G Pro 2, the successor to last year’s Optimus G Pro. This will be announced in February, around one year after its predecessor, and will obviously still be a phablet – though its screen size has grown. The G Pro 2 is expected to come with a 5.9-inch touchscreen that will have 2,560×1,440 resolution.
No other spec details are known at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the G Pro 2 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and other similarly high-end features. The new phablet is apparently going to be presented to the world during Mobile World Congress, which takes place in Barcelona at the end of next month.
On May 17 LG will officially unveil the G3, its next flagship smartphone. This event will come three months earlier than the G2’s in 2013, and four months earlier than when the original Optimus G launched in 2012. This will surely anger some G2 owners, as their handset is being obsoleted in less than a year, but LG feels that it needs to compete with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 head on.
This year, LG thinks, will be all about the “QHD” 2,560×1,440 screen – much like 2013 was the year of the 1080p Full HD panel in mobile flagships. And since LG can make such high-res displays already, it doesn’t want to leave Samsung on the market with the only super high-res device for many months (the Galaxy S5 has been rumored to come with a 5.25″ 2,560×1,440 touchscreen and be launched in March or April).
The LG G3 will sport a 5.5-inch 2,560×1,440 touchscreen, and given the launch time frame may even come with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 chipset. However, some past rumors have mentioned that LG is working on its own mobile chip called Odin, and that may get to debut on the G3.
The LG G3 should come with other top of the line specs too, naturally. To be a worthy successor to the G2, it will have to sport at least 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, 150 Mbps LTE support, and a 3,000 mAh battery. But it will probably go beyond these in every regard. At least that’s what the Korean smartphone makers have gotten us used to over the past couple of years.