LG made some big moves in 2013. After partnering with Google for the Nexus 4 in the fall of 2012, they followed up with the Optimus G Pro in April and the G2 in September of last year. The curved G Flex was released in November, too. The Korean company wants to make some big moves and challenge the big dogs and they’re on the right track to make that happen. In 2014, we could be looking at a handful more high-end smartphones from LG.
According to Korean site Naver, LG may be prepping the follow-up to the Optimus G Pro for release as early as March. We had previously heard that this new phablet might be called the GX. The LG G Pro 2 would be a perfect fit for a March release, and it would fit with LG’s release schedule this year. Like Samsung, LG released a flagship device in the spring and another in the fall. In LG’s case, their spring release was a phablet device, with the slightly smaller G2 being released later in the year. Unfortunately, we don’t have any details about the G Pro 2 other than this Korean analyst thinking it will be unveiled in Q1 of this year.
We have heard some rumors about the upcoming LG G3, which is expected to be announced in the second half of this year. The G3 will be the follow-up to the G2 and should come with a Quad HD 1440 x 2560 resolution display. We’re also hearing that it will pack a 16-megapixel rear camera and an all new octa-core processor that LG is building themselves. If last year’s pattern holds true, the G Pro 2 will have similar specs. If LG doesn’t have their new chipset ready in time, they may opt for a Snapdragon 800 or maybe an 805. Last year’s Optimus G Pro runs on a Snapdragon 600 SoC, so any one of those would be a step up. The new LG devices coming this year could also feature some kind of a flexible display based on the G Flex hardware.
A spring release would put the G Pro 2 head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S5, so we hope LG brings their A-game.