LG stays profitable on the back of strong smartphone sales
LG has reported its second quarter results for 2013 returning a net profit of $139 million, almost in line with its results for the same period last year. A bright note for the company was it set a record for smartphone sales, shipping 12.1 million units worldwide. The company has started to make its mark in the Android space dominated by archrival Samsung with phones like the Optimus G, G Pro and Nexus 4 all boosting the company’s brand profile.
LG simplifies branding to differentiate high-end devices
LG has realigned its branding ahead of the launch of its Optimus G successor in August. The new flagship handset will simply be called the LG ‘G2, ’ in a move that may upset Samsung, which uses the ‘Galaxy’ branding for its devices. Its 4:3 ratio phablet devices will also drop the ‘Optimus’ branding and will be known as the ‘Vu’ series moving forward. However LG has said that it will retain the Optimus branding for certain devices, including its popular low-end smartphones, the F- and L-series handsets.
LG G2 name hinted at by exaggerated letters in image
LG could be formally revealing its follow-up to the Optimus G early next month. Invitations sent out for an event in New York on August 7th from the manufacturer reads "Great 2 Have You!," with the larger size of the letter G and number 2 hinting at it being the rumored LG G2, a handset that has appeared a few times in the last few weeks.
LG G2 said to have 3GB of RAM, equalling rumored Galaxy Note III
More specifications for the rumored LG G2 have surfaced, suggesting it to have a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 3GB of RAM, as well as a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The suggested details for the update to the Optimus G line of smartphones is accompanied by an image giving a clear view of the front of the device.
Optimus G replacement may have buttons on back of phone
The successor to the LG Optimus G may have controls on the back of the smartphone, according to some leaked images. Photographs allegedly showing a promotional video for the "LG G2" demonstrate a pair of buttons located just below the camera, which could possibly be used as a volume control or a way to adjust the camera's zoom function.
Snapdragon 800 claimed to have 75-percent more performance than S4 Pro
LG will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor in a future replacement for the manufacturer's Optimus G series of smartphones. The change in processor is an upgrade from the earlier Snapdragon chips used in earlier Optimus G devices, with LG claiming it to have "up to 75-percent better performance" than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.
Revision for Korean carrier KT has smaller 5-inch display
A version of the LG Optimus G with features borrowed from the Optimus G Pro is heading to Korea. The Optimus GK has a five-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 440ppi, and though it has a smaller screen than its Pro equivalent, it keeps most of the internal specifications the same, just as the Optimus G Pro released specifically for Japan.
LG is planning to create an updated version of the Optimus G smartphone, something that could launch by the third quarter of this year. The device will apparently have a screen that is closer to five inches in size, smaller than the 5.5-inches used by the Optimus G Pro, and is set to be a globally-released handset.
LG Optimus G Pro is fastest selling LG smartphone to date
LG has celebrated its Optimus G Pro 5.5-inch ‘phablet’ crossing the 500,000 sales mark in its home market of South Korea. The company has achieved the milestone in just 40 days, which is a record for any handset made by the company. Until now, LG has played second-fiddle to arch rival Samsung in the smartphone space, however its latest line Optimus G smartphones along with its Nexus 4 has helped to increase its profile while also garnering positive reviews.
LG takes a stab at Samsung ahead of Galaxy S4 launch
LG has ambushed the high profile Samsung Galaxy S4 launch in Times Square with a cheeky billboard that parodies the Samsung teaser. The LG billboard, which is placed directly above the Samsung billboard, proclaims that the ‘LG Optimus G is here 4 you now.’ It recalls similar parodies that Samsung has visited upon Apple with its own advertising campaigns, although in this instance, Samsung finds itself on the receiving end.
LG Optimus G Pro headed to South Korea with quad-core CPU
LG has made its Optimus G Pro for South Korea official, with the device set to reach users by the end of the month. The Optimus G Pro differs from the 5-inch version recently unveiled for the Japanese market in its screen size only, with its cutting edge internal components carrying over. LG is also touting the curved glass on the new handset, which it says creates a ‘2.5G’ effect, which we will be keen to examine at Mobile World Congress first hand.
LG Optimus makes late global rollout
Coinciding with NTT DoCoMo’s announcement that it will be among the first to get LG’s very latest superphone, the 5-inch 1080p Optimus G Pro, LG has announced that its 1 million-selling Optimus G will make a belated global rollout. First unveiled in late August, the Optimus G will reach 50 new markets this month. Not including its Nexus 4-variant, the Optimus G has only been available in Korea, Japan, and North America since its debut.
LG Optimus G Pro revealed with larger display, faster CPU
The LG Optimus G Pro has made its debut in Japan, joining the ranks of the new wave of Android superphones packing 5-inch, 1080p displays. Similarly, it also runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, although this one is clocked slightly higher than some at 1.7GHz. If LG follows a similar rollout plan as it did for the 4.7-inch Optimus G, the new Optimus G Pro should be one of the next markets to be inline for the device.
Preorders to start October 16
AT&T has revealed pricing and availability for LG's Optimus G smartphone. The LG "superphone" will be available on AT&T beginning November 2 for $200 with a two-year commitment. Preorders for the Optimus G will begin tomorrow at AT&T's website.
Smartphone has Galaxy Nexus shape, Optimus G back
Images of the rumored LG-made Nexus smartphone have appeared online. Initially shown within a dummy case to obscure the physical appearance of the phone, the LG-E960 Mako has been stripped of its shell and photographed, with the results caught by Droid Life after being shown on a Russian forum.
LG's Android superphone due out in November
Electronista's been itching to get our hands on Lg's Optimus G since it was announced back in August. Anything billed as a "superphone" gets our ears pricked up, and we were interested in seeing what LG could accomplish with a quad-core S4. Put plainly, the Optimus G doesn't disappoint.
LG ordered 13MP camera for Optimus G, kept Samsung from it
Samsung had plans to equip the upcoming Galaxy Note II with a 13-megapixel camera instead of the eight-megapixel unit it will ship with. However, supplier Sony couldn't provide Samsung with the needed sensors because LG had placed an order for the same cameras for its own flagship handset, according to Korea's DDaily. Insiders say LG placed the order with Sony to equip its upcoming Optimus G handset, touted as the most advanced smartphone to date.
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LG Optimus G stakes claim for smartphone crown
LG has made its latest Android flagship smartphone, the Optimus G, official. The Optimus G is the new leading Android smartphone on the market based on its specifications alone and is possibly the most advanced smartphone yet made. It’s 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) with ‘Krait’ architecture is very similar to the Cortex-A15 architecture, but with performance that blows away the quad-core Exynos 4112 based on the older Cortex-A9 architecture used in the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III.
13 megapixel camera present, Jelly Bean set for future
Images of a handset identified as the LG Optimus G have appeared online. The leaked images from AndroidMx, who claim to have tried out the handset, are for the same smartphone teased by Qualcomm a few days ago, and is said to be using a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor supported by 2GB of RAM.