LG G2 confirmed as Optimus G successor, is first in new "G" brand

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.

Along with the announcement, LG's President and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park said: "Our vision is to make LG's newest G devices synonymous with excellence, raising the bar even further for the ultimate in user experience. The new G2 will build upon the excellent reputation established by previous G Series products." In addition to the "G" premium series, LG will also be branding its 4:3 display handsets as "Vu:".

We've seen a variety of leaks concerning the LG G2, including one earlier this week claiming that the handset will feature a 2540mAh battery. In addition, photographs said to be of the handset have surfaced, as well as a video showing the device in action. A whole slew of specifications have already leaked, leaving little to the imagination at this point.

LG will be unveiling the device at an event on August 7, so there's precious few days left before we get the official goods on the handset (name aside). Until then, however, what we've heard points at the handset offering a 5.2-inch display, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. The software is said to be Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, and the camera is a rumored 13-megapixel offering.

Stay tuned, and we'll update you as more details on the handset surfaces leading up to LG's August 7 event. Until then, check out the timeline below for some other information that has surfaced on the handset.

SOURCE: Newswire