Today seems to be the day of LG Optimus G2-related information. First we heard that the new flagship device is set to launch in the third quarter, possibly getting announced during IFA in Berlin in September. And now we get some leaked tidbits that paint a very thin picture of the handset, so to speak.
Purportedly according to people who’ve seen the design of the phone, it will be incredibly thin. So thin, in fact, that LG had to fit the power and volume buttons on the back of the Optimus G2, and not on its sides where such buttons have always been on smartphones.
It seems that LG could have fitted the buttons on the sides of its new creation, but that would have made them extremely difficult to use because of how thin the Optimus G2 is. On the other hand though, buttons on the back may prove to be problematic too, especially because they’re so novel. People might think it strange to lay a device on its buttons, because that’s effectively what will happen if these are on its back. And design-wise too this may hamper the Optimus G2′s overall appearance, but that’s impossible to judge before we’ve actually seen one leaked photo.
So it might be awkward, or it might be brave, but this move means that LG’s planning some serious competition to Samsung’s Galaxy S4. And it’s interesting how LG has started using Samsung’s ‘two flagships per year’ strategy too, but flipped it. Whereas Samsung goes with the smaller one in spring (Galaxy S series) and the bigger one in the fall (Galaxy Note series), LG has announced its big flagship in the spring (Optimus G Pro), and the smaller one is expected to come in the fall. This way, LG carefully avoids competing head-on against Samsung’s marketing and hype-building, by not coming up with a similar product at the same time. We’ll see how well this newfound strategy will work in the long run though.
The LG Optimus G2 is rumored to come with a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, and it should run Android 4.2 from day one (though by the time it launches the next version of that operating system will be out).