And just like that, LG’s next-gen flagship device, probably dubbed G3, is as good as confirmed. What, you didn’t really think the creators of the sensational G2 would sit idly by while Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Sony’s Xperia Z2 and HTC’s One (M8) got all the media and user attention, did you?
True, they already rolled out a top-tier handheld in 2014, however it’s obvious the G Pro 2 was always envisioned as something to help pass the time until the real spearhead came to light. Like a prelude. An appetizer to precede the big, juicy steak.
And here she is, detailed quite thoroughly by a User Agent Profile sighted on Sprint’s website after a bit of digging. Of course, we can’t be sure this is G2’s legitimate heir, though the model number leaves little room to doubt.
LS990 is the logical follow-up to LS980, the alias of the G2 available on America’s Now Network. And no, there’s no way this LS990 is a G Pro 2 or another half-assed spin-off, since display resolution is listed at, wait for it, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
Otherwise known as Quad HD, QHD or 2K, the breathtaking pixel count has so far been adopted by Oppo’s Find 7 and the Vivo XPlay 3S. No Samsung, no Sony, no HTC. I know, it’s overkill, but then again, what if isn’t?
What if LG finds a way to put the extra pixels to use? Their screens have always been amazing, and if there’s anyone capable of pulling Quad HD off splendidly, it’s them. The UA Prof makes no clear mention of size, yet if the G3 is to up the res ante beyond Full HD, I reckon they’ll go over the 5-inch mark too. Maybe stop at 5.5 inches.
Meanwhile, on the raw speed side of things, 3 GB RAM appears to be taking care of multitasking business, and a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AA of processing power. Wait, that can’t be right. MSM8974AA is Snapdragon 800’s designation.
And with a few months still left to LG G3’s introduction, you’d think at worse a Snapdragon 801 would run the hardware show. Maybe an S805. Or who knows, one of those unique homebrewed Odin thingies.
Bottom line, I presume it’s a typo. Or hope, hope sums it up better. The camera sensors don’t look so hot on paper either, at 13 and 2.1 megapixels, so it’s entirely possible this G3 variant is a (very) early, unfinished, unrefined prototype.
The last few tidbits the UA Prof reveals is Sprint’s LG LS990 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, offers 32 GB built-in storage and a microSD card slot for 64 GB expansion. That sounds legit, but for everything else I’d expect further confirmation. Probably soon to come.