LG backtracks on "super premium" smartphone statement – expect a high-class LG phablet in Q4

LG backtracks on
Earlier this year, LG Electronics' head of Mobile Communications – Cho Jun-ho – tipped that LG will be releasing a "super-premium" handset in the second half of 2015. Not much info was given about the device, but the wording made us think of it as a shiny, pristing metal-and-glass sandwich – a construction choice that is currently quite popular among flagship devices, no small thanks to Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

Well, yesterday, at LG's Q3 executive assembly, Mr. Cho Jun-ho spoke of the mistery smartphone and said that the phone has never been described as "super premium". Fair enough, words and meanings could've been distorted through sources. Still, the director of Mobile said that the phone will be a high-class handset and will be coming in the final quarter of 2015.

Speculation and whispers suggest that the phone will be of the "phablet" kind, made to battle Samsung's Galaxy Note5 and the upcoming iPhone 6s Plus. Now, whether LG will be adding a special stylus to the phone is still up in the air. Fingers crossed – the "smart pen" niche could use some competition!


source: ET News via GSMDome

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48 Comments

1. Freedom

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

LG, go back and bring back a real successor of G2. Honestly I believe, G2 is still the neatest and most respected device from LG.

2. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

True. Great battery life.

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

What's bad about the G4? It has one of the best cameras, display, genuine leather at the back, removable battery and SD card. What else do you need?

4. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Battery life on the G4 is bad.

17. stuyjcp

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

I used to have the G2 and it's not significantly better.

23. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

i have no complain with my g4 battery life mine is really good. it last morethan a day and sometimes good for two days. also the camera is the best.

37. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

My G4 can get over 5hrs of screen on time. I dont think that is bad at all.

7. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Too big and feels cheap.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Plus the leather gets beaten up pretty easily, if those pics from the other day are anything to go by.

12. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I grab had my G4 since before they went on sale, and I have no problem with the leather. Obviously you need to take care of a leather back too and not mistreat it.

19. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You can get plastic back cover.

24. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

you can buy a plastic back cover. also the cover is swapable ..

33. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I never said you couldn't, but I was responding to Hallyu's comment on the leather back.

14. alouden unregistered

Honestly, not much. Maybe just the size. It is an excellent phone. It has not been given a fair break. And LG did not help by pricing it at a premium.

20. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

It is a premium phone.

21. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

G4 is too thick and too uncomfortable to hold. Since it's more than 10mm thick, it should have 4000 to 5000mah battery. Try holding note 5 and huawei mate 7 for more than 10 minutes and you'll know what I mean.

25. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

the g4 has thickness of 9.8mm to 5mm. so its not thick as the normal flat phone you may think.

45. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The 10mm I'm talking is with a bumper case. I agree it's comfortable when it's naked but once you put protective case, I get a weird feeling gripping it.

27. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

g4 its very comfortable to hold atleast for me its more comfortable to hold than the slippery phone like s6 edge or xperia z3

13. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The G2 looks pretty good, at least looking at the front.

34. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The G3 was a fine successor to the G2. Battery life and performance were hampered by the QHD screen. Should've waited for the 805, then the G3 would have been damn near perfect. (Yes, I know there's an 805 in the Cat.6 version, but it was local market only.)

39. Wrightdj21

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Take the screen resolution of the g2 instead of ultra hd give the phablet a 5000mah battery and the 820 priccoser 4gb of ram I'd buy in a heartbeat once it hits verizon

40. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think you just described the G Flex 3.

43. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Still use my G2 when I want to carry a bit smaller device. Still a great phone 2+ years later.

47. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

My g3 can last another year, waiting for g5

5. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

"a construction choice that is currently quite popular among flagship devices, no small thanks to Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge." Everybody on PA has it out for Samsung now? And I don't think they will ever go to "premium" material's... Their income just can't support it + most their sells are from low end anyways.

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

More like thanks to Sony and Apple. Sony and Apple phones were and still are (but not the i6) the most premium phones in quality, but Samsungar- uhm Phonearena is very fond of the S6 :)

31. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

ONE reason why sony mobile is sinking because of their UGLY UN ERGONOMIC BOX DESIGN. WITH SAME OLD BORING SLIPPERY STYLE. and THICK BEZELS. EASY TO CRACK GLASS ON THE BACK

36. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Most people doesn't care about bezels anyway....

41. TerryTerius unregistered

True. But LG tends to adjust their products to mimic/counter Samsung specifically. At least far more so than Apple or Sony. Which may have been what the author was alluding to. Sloppily, if they were. May I add.

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