LG G2 sales fall behind expectations: 2.3 million units in 4 months

The LG G2 is one of the most exciting smartphones to launch in the second half of the year, but that excitement seems to have been mostly among reviewers as its sales success is not all that great. The G2 has sold some 2.3 million units in the four months since launch, and that’s way shorter than LG’s initial target of 3 million units for Q3, according to Korean publication Asia Today. In Korea alone, LG’s home market, the company has sold merely 600 000 units, just slightly above the 540 000 units that LG’s last year’s flagship, the G Pro, sold.

These tepid sales of the LG G2 come on the background of huge marketing spending as LG has tried hard to popularize its new flagship among customers. The Holiday quarter - of course - is the most important one, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the G2 performs in this crucial time of the year for manufacturers.

The LG G2 comes with a 5.2-inch display with very small side bezel, so despite having a larger screen it’s virtually the same size as devices like the 4.7” HTC One. It packs the latest 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 system chip with 2GB of RAM, plus it also has one of the best cameras around - a 13-megapixel optical image stabilized shooter that shoots very sharp, pleasing images and smooth 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second. Our LG G2 review explains all the tiny details about this device so make sure to take a look, in case you're hesitating whether you should buy it or not.

source: Asia Today (translated) via Android Beat

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G2
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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69 Comments

62. findinghomer

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

It's all about marketing. People buy what they are told to buy. This is the best phone on the American market next to the note. But many do not even realized it bc it hasn't been shoved down our throat. People actually think the s4 is the best phone of 2013, this is bc it's been marketed very well, and people are too lazy to do their homework.

57. kangpinpapa

Posts: 8; Member since: May 03, 2013

2.3Mil? I don't think so. It's better Phonearena check it directly with LG because Korean News also couldn't get exact information. Gpro was focused on Korean Market. and,was the best seller in Korea early this year. NOT LAST YEAR!. If G2 was sold more than Gpro. then,it's not bad because korean market at 3rd quarter was declined by marketing regulation. you can check how many S4 & Note 3 Sold.

54. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Couldnt be happier with my G2.

52. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

I actually think that sales of the lg g2 will dramatically pick up as Christmas nears. I see more and more people in the gadget stores getting a G2 for Christmas. They just waited for the right moment to spend.

51. MAG33

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Is a decline in overall smartphone market..Samsung just announced a decrease of 8%. However g2 is an excellent product.

50. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

That tiny ROM and back button, the optimus g is better in design,except the front,in my opinion.

56. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

It's way more than anyone needs. The best phone I ever had

48. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2290; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Android is winning the marketshare race? Not the case at all, this is a Samsung and Apple world. Nothing else matters...

46. maherk

Posts: 7096; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The majority of people don't care that much the replaceable battery, it's the brand LG that is turning people away. Remember the Optimus 2x, the 4x, the optimus G, and the G Pro? They all had much hype and how they are gonna be the start of the downfall of Samsung, and they turned out to be a bug @$$ flopp. I had the 2x, it was nice the 1st couple of weeks but then it became as laggy as the ios7. And I waited and waited for the ics 4.0 and after year and a half it turned out to be as laggy as the 3.2 gb. Then I wanted to give them another chance and got myself the 4x, sexy phone, but washed out screen, pooooor battery life, and again after a while it became as slow as the 2x. Sold it and got the S3. But when the Optimus G was released I was too close to getting one, but after less than a month after they released it, LG started talking about their next flagship and that it is coming shortly, they didn't give the G the needes time to succeed, so I kept my s3 and got the note 2, then S4 and now the Note3 instead. Samsung is the only android company that updated its 2012 models with 4.3, and gsmarena stated that they are working on updating their mid range models since 4.4 works flawlessly on 0.5 ram processors. Don't be a troll, you are just a number for all the companies out there. When you pay 600$ on a phone, don't buy because of your love to a brand, cuz you will get screwed real bad.

42. GeekMovement unregistered

That's sad, this phone was really amazing this year. I hope LG continues it's effort in making their flagships better for 2014.

32. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Oh.. and BTW if you need more then 32 Gigs you should probably consider getting a computer lol

60. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

The problem is, most people don't know how much memory they need or even realize they should be backing up their files or pictures every day to a more secure or stable source. It is only when the device fails and info is lost forever, that being able to remove the memory and slap it into a new device, is invaluable. What? This doesn't happen? That's like saying you have never been a victim of a crime so it shouldn't matter to you. The bottom line is, it happens and it should be recognized. John B. John B.

68. findinghomer

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

That's the benefit of cloud storage. You don't need to swap sd cards. Simply log in. What are you going to do when your phone is stolen? Everything is lost. With cloud storage, download app onto new phone, log in, and there it is again. People are too afraid of change.

31. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Hmm.. Very interesting. It's the best phone I ever had and would probably not go back to Samsung, HTC or Iphone for a long time if ever. Battery is amazing (non removable?! who cares) Very fast, and you can customize it easily without any launchers and yes no removable storage and in most cases is more then enough if you go with 32Gig. Updates? Big deal... they don't do much anyways, except slight changes in most cases which this phone doesn't need at all. I can live with this for years :)

33. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Agreed I had 16GB on Moto Atrix 4G(loved that phone) was able to live comfortably with it. Now going to 32GB is way more than enough. After I figured out the issue of G2 draining battery it became what it should be now it can last at least more than 1 day if I don't game on it maybe even 3 days.

28. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Another victim to the lack of expandable memory and non-removable battery. There are two types of phones selling. Apple and Samsung. Apple has one business model and Samsung has another. For those that don't like Apple and the other manufacturers following its suit, Samsung is wiping the floors world wide with those that seek accessibility of control for their own memory upgrade and battery removal. Aesthetics is secondary in spite of what tech sites and tech geeks want the world to believe. John B.

34. gmracer

Posts: 24; Member since: May 09, 2013

eeee, i think depend on what you're looking for, you sound very dramatic..

39. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I seriously doubt it. Looks more like higher than usual expectations for sales. The increase was just marginal from the last flagship phone and they were expecting sales to be through the roof. I do agree that having access to the battery and microSD card slot is definitely a plus, its definitely not as dramatic a picture you are trying to paint. People are going to want what they want whether the manufacturer gives you access or not. Samsung's success is not mainly due to its micro sd card slots and batteries. That is one bonus on a long list of other things that Samsung very does well. Samsung has a superior strategy and supply chain to pump out just about anything for every type of customer. That is why they are successful. They make quality products in every class and put every feature known to man inside of it. Removable batteries and SD cards are just one of them. While important to you and many others, its not a deal breaker for me and many others all the same. I haven't had an SD card slot and removable battery in 2 years and I have managed quite well just like many others have.

55. gmracer

Posts: 24; Member since: May 09, 2013

thats the way you have the perception, not everybody think like you... I don t care abut Sd cards or removable batteries, and still like the G2 ,....

59. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Why don't you care about having more control over a device you pay good money for? Don't you see what the industry is trying to do? Can you not change your own battery or do you not know how to upgrade your own memory? People need to stop and take a breather here. We need to start to realize that the expensive "Premium" devices in our hands should be easily controlled and manipulated by us(the consumer). Leave the less expensive phones as the throw away items. Doesn't this make more sense? John B.

58. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

There always tends to be an over abundance of mellow dramatics in these sites. Even at my age, I can't resist throwing in my own theatrics from time to time. However, I see it as the world is starting to realize that a premium phone should be left as the old PCs. Being able to augment and build on it when desired. Not purchase what is a limited rendition. The cheaper phones allow upgrading memory or replacing batteries leaving more room for growth at will. It should be the other way around. As modular phones start to percolate through the media, it sheds the reality that more phones should be like PCs as I mentioned. Pay a little extra but be allowed to customize and/or replace components when needed. These expensive computers we hold in our hands, shouldn't be governed by manufacturer control. The world is slowly realizing this. At this juncture, Samsung is at least recogniziing the fail rate of batteries and also the consumer's interest to upgrade memory when needed. If you want throw away phones, purchase the one that has limited access. However, the ones where you can build it as you grow, should be allowed the ability to uphold longer sustainability of use as you need it. I'm not claiming infinite. But, I am trying to make a point that the more expensive "premium" flagship phones should be able to retain longer ownership from an individual. John B.

67. findinghomer

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Non removable batteries are today's phones. It allows them to make them thinner but boast more power. And cloud storage is today's technology bc it's resourceful, and easy to manage. So 32 gb is plenty of onboard storage. I bet you still play game consoles with wired controllers? Lol

27. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

I call BS on many of these comments. I just Got the G2 like 2 weeks ago, and as of right now I have no gripes with it. Except maybe 1 and that's the Camera, but that probably could get fixed in a update. As for them being slow with Updates so be it. It's already been said some time around February or March 4.4 is going to be on LG G2, and really I can wait barely explored the phone in 2 weeks finding so much stuff on it. Last this phone isn't ugly honestly the buttons on back on the phone were genius Imo call me bias, but this is my first LG phone and couldn't be more happy.

66. findinghomer

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I don't like the buttons on the back, but the phone itself is physically sexy lol

24. papss unregistered

I just traded my note 3 for a g2. Great phone....

29. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I did the same lol. and I am very happy.

61. oister85 unregistered

@ papas n e.s.1 I'm thinking of buying the note 3 or the lg g2. I want to know what make you switch..?

18. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

because it has no sd slot, not removable battery and poor software update support :)

38. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

But to some of us all those things are irrelevant when it comes to buying a phone.

63. findinghomer

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

In case you haven't noticed, Sd slots are becoming obsolete in every manufacturer. Cloud storage is much much more resourceful, so 32gb of internal storage is plenty. It's not bc of lack of sd slot, in fact most average users don't even know what that is

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