Korea rumored to get a head start with July launch of the LG G2?
So what it behind the early release of the LG G2 in Korea? It is believed that LG is doing this to combat the expected July release in Korea of a Samsung Galaxy S4 sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and offering LTE-Advanced connectivity. It just so happens that the LG Optimus G sequel also sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and is enabled for LTE-Advanced networks. The phone will also offer an edge-to-edge display and will have its buttons on the back.
No harm in giving those in Korea first crack at the device. After all, that is what we call having the home court advantage. Besides, LG will have some time to work out any bugs or problems before the August 7th event in addition to receiving some valuable feedback from Korean buyers of the phone.
source: DDaily (translated), RBMen (translated) via AndroidAuthority
1. Kurai (unregistered)
LG and Sony are on fire! . . . i'm really looking forward for these companies even though i never tried LG before . . . Good luck LG and Sony!
3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 464; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I had an LG Ally as my first smartphone. At the time, the screen was top-notch, and it was durable as hell!
I really wanted to get an Optimus G when it released last year, but I'm on Verizon... I used my upgrade, but I hope LG does well.
5. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
If LG releases the G2 in July/August, there is a strong possibility Verizon may pick it up. They've been releasing their LG flagships roughly every 10 months. The Spectrum was 1/12 and the Spectrum 2 was 10/12. They'll be due to replace it in their lineup soon.
6. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
Hoping the best of LG this time with G2. Please improve on camera and music don't let us down once again!
7. TheLolGuy (Posts: 464; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
It's strange that LG's recent flagships haven't been showing on Verizon. It seems like only AT&T and Sprint get them. I'm not even sure about T-Mobile either.
It could probably be because Verizon is the most successful carrier right now. They could be making unfair demands if LG wants it on Verizon.
8. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The Optimus G release was kind of like the S2. Critically acclaimed, good piece of hardware, but didn't make it to all the carriers and when it did, it was in a couple different forms. Not sure why the AT&T and Sprint versions were different. It didn't help the phone catch on, that's for sure.
Hopefully things will be different with the G2, especially with Nexus experience under LG's belt.
9. TheLolGuy (Posts: 464; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yep, now that was a good lookin' phone. I absolutely loved the flush black front clean of any and all branding.
I know that carriers want to stamp their name everywhere so it's not smart to hope for that on anything other than the next Nexus phone.
Until LG gets some serious momentum, carriers will probably be very inflexible with them.
12. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
And for whatever reason, AT&T is the only carrier that seems to want exclusives on everything. So they have the G Pro, the Lumia 920, the 64 GB One, the S4 Active... but also crud like the HTC First. Verizon only wants exclusives they can plaster their brand all over.
2. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The more this phone leaks, the more I like it. I want my phone to be future-proof. A Snapdragon 800 and LTE-Advanced will do wonders toward that goal. I've owned three LG phones. They had great build quality and held up well over the years. It's a tough market with Samsung and HTC dominating, but I say bring it on.
4. Taters (Posts: 2144; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The LG Optimus G was one of the most well designed phones I ever owned. They really went all out on it. However, I don't see them combining all the expertise from each LG division again since the Optimus G and/Nexus 4 kind of got glossed over, here in Canada at least. The Optimus G is already zero dollars on a crappy 3 years plan and the Nexus 4 is already $300 at Koodo.
So that suggests that they are going to go back to ghetto LG because they can't justify going all out again.
10. kangpinpapa (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2013)
LG confirmed g2 will be introduced by 4 major telecom companies (Verizon.sprint.at&t. t mobile) . Optimus G didn't have premium brand image last year. They were in difficulties in negotiation with major telecom companies. It has been improved. Then G2 will be shown. LG Said in IR conference in korea.
11. kangpinpapa (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Lg reached 1 million G pro selling in korean market last week! But, they only made a deal with At&t last year because other companies did have a confidence about LG phablet. I hope it getting better
13. kangpinpapa (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2013)
mistake: other companies didn't have a confidence
14. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Change you UI please.
Good luck LG.