For the past couple of months we have heard rumors and seen leaked photos of the LG G3, and yesterday it was finally all about the new LG G3 flagship with its official announcement. Its pictures, its specs and a whole lot of loving going on – and rightly so as it was the LG G3’s day to shine. There were events in its homeland at Seoul, New York City, San Francisco, London, Istanbul and Singapore to celebrate the new LG G3. However, three LG Officials took the time to hold a separate press conference in Seoul to announce that LG plans to release a new LG G Flex 2 and a LG Vu 4 during the second half of 2014.
We had heard rumors about a new G Flex 2 for an early 2015 launch, but with this official confirmation, we can expect to see it a little earlier. The current LG G Flex device made a big splash when first released as one of only two smartphones with a curved display – the Samsung Galaxy Round being the other – but then the enthusiasm quickly died. The current G Flex sports a 6-inch 1280 x 720 display with a 245 pixels-per-inch resolution and uses the flexible OLED technology. We are hoping that the G Flex 2 will come with at least a 1080p display this time around, given the current crop of devices. The LG G Flex also introduced us to a new self-healing back to ‘magically” make scuff marks or small gouges disappear – it worked to a degree, but certainly needs some improvement. Rumors are out that there will be something more “unique” than that on the G Flex 2, but ‘that’ is still a mystery.
It is obvious that LG intended the LG Vu to compete with the very successful Samsung Galaxy Note series, but it fell flat on its face for several reasons – certainly the awkward 4:3 display ratio, lack of ‘built-in’ stylus and lack of software were some of them. I hope that LG will think out the new LG Vu 4 and plan accordingly…they must, if LG hopes the device will make any real impact in the Phablet world. Currently we have no rumors on the LG Vu’s specifications at this time.
I use the Galaxy Note 3, S-Pen and all, and I have been preaching that a true Phablet is much more that a display over 5-inches – that is simple a large display – a true Phablet has to combine the functions of both a phone and tablet…something that the Note series does so well. I would love to see some real competition from LG and HTC in this category. Please let us know on our Google+ Page what you think about the new LG Flex 2 and LG Vu 4 – what you you like to see from these officially announced products…as always, we would love to hear from you.