The LG G3 is here but it looks like LG has something BIGGER up its sleeve. Ladies and gents, meet the LG G3 Prime with Snapdragon 805
It’s Prime Time, or at least it seems to be what with all the rumoured “Prime” devices tipped to be on the way from virtually every Android manufacturer. LG’s the latest to get the Transformers treatment with an upgraded LG G3 model turning up in an official Bluetooth “SIG” certification.
It’s worth pointing out that the handset probably won’t be called the LG G3 Prime, like every other rumour surrounding upgraded “Prime” device variants of existing flagships, the term doesn’t actually appear in the source material and appears to be a word arbitrarily picked by reporters and leaksters to denote it as being a supercharged version of a current model. They could just as well go with Alpha, Plus, Uber, Paragon, or indeed a range of other words to mean “it’s dead good”, but Prime seems to be the buzzword of the season, so there it is.
The Bluetooth SIG, which is about as official as things get in terms of confirming the device is real, is for a handset with the model number LG-F460S. A similar model number has appeared before, according to a report from GforGames, inside an Android .prop file. That handset, with the number LG-F460L, had the codename “Tiger” and was equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with an Adreno 420 GPU – Qualcomm’s latest quad-core chip based on its newest Krait 450 architecture and capable of clockspeeds up to 2.7GHz.
The difference in the number designation should not be significant, as usually it means multiple versions of the same device for different regions (North America, Asia, Europe etc.) – the same was true of the regular LG G3.
We don’t know much else about the LG G3 “Prime” at the moment, but we’d expect it primarily to be a processor upgrade and little else. However, the common theme for a lot of “Prime” devices is a more premium exterior than the regular flagship and, from some corners, the LG G3 did get panned for its metal-effect plastic, so perhaps we’ll see a change on this front.
The fact that it’s already getting a Bluetooth SIG suggests it’s not far off, although what we are yet to ascertain is whether it’s another Korean or Asian exclusive, which LG and Samsung both seem rather fond of just lately. We’ll bring you more as we hear it.
In the meantime, why not check out our full review of the LG G3.