LG's "G" brand continues to represent the cutting edge in top-tier smartphone hardware. LG cut the mold for the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor last year with the LG Optimus G, brought one of the first Snapdragon 600 quad-core processors to the market with the LG Optimus G Pro, and again aim to be the first with the newest in new Qualcomm processor technology (in the USA) here at the tail end of the summer in 2013. That processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and this smartphone is the LG G2.
There should be little doubt that Google is planning on continuing their Nexus smartphone program well into the future - that much is clear. What's not as clear is their release schedule and manufacturer choices - the pattern we've expected to find appearing several years ago with a new OEM for each device being doused again and again. This week we're seeing further confirmation - thanks to the FCC - that Google may be working with LG once again for their Nexus smartphone line in the Nexus 5 rather than switching over after the Nexus 4 (also made by LG).
If you picked up an HTC One, a Samsung Galaxy S 4, an LG Optimus G, or a Motorola DROID RAZR HD device over the past few months, you're now working with Qualcomm hardware. That's exactly as this company intended for this year's smart device push - and exactly what Qualcomm's earnings report this week shows. Qualcomm's fiscal Q3 2013 starts with a cool $6.24 billion in revenues, up 35% compared to the same quarter last year.
It's not hard to imagine LG bringing a new wave of devices with "G" at their brand head now that the company has made clear they're keeping the one-letter titles. What's unclear is the full expanse that the company hopes to cover with the array of trademark filings appearing this week, all of them coming from KIPO. The Korean Intellectual Property Office doesn't always indicate which products will be appearing in the wild worldwide, but in this case, LG may have a big push incoming.
It would appear that it's not just Motorola that's getting (back) into the wearable smart devices business this week at LG's own trademark list leak tips several new units. What's spilled here in late July is a series of names: GPAD, G Hub, and G Glass, the first likely referring to none other than a brand new tablet. Remember the last time LG brought a tablet to the public?
LG has fired off an announcement this evening confirming what we already knew: that the Optimus G's successor will be known simply as the LG G2, dropping the "Optimus" name. In addition, says the company, this handset will mark the first in what will be a series of "premium" smartphones branded under the "G" label. We've got a brief word from LG's CEO after the jump.
While final specifications on the LG Optimus G2 have not yet been solidified, the company has all but guaranteed that we'll be having our first official look on the 7th of August. Event invites for the press have been sent out for a New York City engagement that'll be taking place on that date with a teaser "Great 2 Have You" attached - and the leaked photos of the device itself continue.
If you hadn't already guessed that the August 7th New York City event being held by LG would be home to their next-generation hero, follow-up to the LG Optimus G from last year, you may as well give in this weekend. Today a set of three (count them - three!) screenshots have leaked with 1080p resolution about them and an aim for LG's soon-to-be-official handset. These images go on to solidify a collection of rumors we'd heard previous to this weekend and suggest some new abilities for the hero as well.
Way back in March, we saw benchmarks leak for the LG Optimus G successor, the oft-referred to Optimus G2. The benchmarks showed it running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, something that just became official via an announcement by LG. With the new processor will come a nice boost in battery life and quite a bit of performance.