LG to devise new flagship smartphone positioned above the LG G4 - could the G Pro series make a return?

LG to devise new flagship smartphone positioned above the LG G4 - could the G Pro series make a return?
In a Korea Herald interview, LG CEO of mobile business Cho Jun-ho said that that in the second half of 2015, the device maker could showcase a high end smartphone that's positioned above its flagship G-series.

Expected to be priced above $819, the new device will probably target Samsung's Note devices, which are usually released in the same time frame, as its main competition. LG has the display and stylus technology to produce a formidable competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, although matching Samsung's years of expertise in high-resolution Super AMOLED panels and stylus functionality will certainly be challenging!

Riding high on the LG G2 & LG G3's considerable success, the ambitious LG aims for a 20% sales increase throughout 2015, hoping to land the spot of the third largest global smartphone maker.

To help itself on its way to success, LG will also distil its affordable L and F smartphones to four essential brands - Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy. It will also expand its wearable devices lineup. We've had our run-ins with LG's new smartphones and smart-watches at MWC 2015, so be sure to check out our hands-on impressions.

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36 Comments

1. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Good. Innovation & competition. unlike a fruit company product.

3. seven7dust unregistered

if it wasn't for the success of the iPhone 6 and failure of the S5 there wouldn't be a galaxy s6 in it's current form , So it's competition, whether you like it or not. and your right it's good for consumers.

4. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

The success of iphone 6?? iphone 6 success is merely because there's lots of iphone user want a big screen and waiting to upgrade. There is nothing special in iphone 6. Nothing at all. and since all of them already got their big screen phone, apple really got nothing to outsell the galaxy s6 at all.

6. seven7dust unregistered

Apple has it's pros , samsung has it's pros this is thread about LG , lets not get into the whole Apple vs Samsung debate yet again, lets talk LG.

8. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

wasn't you the first who bring iphone vs. samsung here? What kind of pro apple has? I really see none. None at all, other than being a troll and a bully.

15. seven7dust unregistered

you brought up Apple in your comment buddy ! pros for Apple are iPhone eco-system , exclusive apps , exclusive camera Accessories and Speed of the user interface plus A8 SOC has the best single core performance which matters a lot more than multi-core. Samsung has it's pros as well, S6 looks good in all areas especially like the new UFS storage.

18. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

But I don't compare apple to samsung. You did. And apple iphone eco-system, the close ecosystem IS NOT A PRO. Is a minus. It's a jail!!! Exclusive apps? That won't stay long. With android ruling the world with 80%+ market share, the day of exclusive apps is over. In fact, there is a android apps exclusive too. Speed of the user interface? Who cares? the UI is ugly, and I prefer the real apps performance rather than UI gimmck. I don't flick the UI all the time. 99% of the time I spend is on the apps, not UI. A8 is also a gimmick Why should I care a single core performance where the apps can benefit from more than 1 core. You really eat too much apple PR material. I repeat, there is NOTHING GOOD in apple. Only smoke and mirror.

21. seven7dust unregistered

Single core performance matters a lot , Look up intel vs AMD. same thing there , AMD has 8 core CPUs that lose to intels all the time in single thread performance. most apps run on a single thread , especially games.

31. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Single core optimization is yesterday. If it is not well suited for multi core then it's simply just out dated. Soon apps are going to be optimized for multi core. If games are not optimized for multi core, then it's simply an outdated software. I don't think outdated software matters.

7. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

galaxy series had a fair share of ugly smartphones, but boy, S5 was the ugliest one. I'm glad they moved to this direction, although there may be way too many sacrifices.

10. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

ugly & design is merely an opinion. You might not like it, but I prefer plastic because it's more durable, and phone with plastic have a better reception. furthermore, if you ever drop a phone with a glass, you will know that even the back panel cost an arm and leg.

13. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Apple is the one who must sacrifice to buyers. Their lowly hardware but high price, and limited functions are their negative side.

12. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

You're wrong. If there wasn't Galaxy, iPhone would be still 3.5" forever which was claimed by Steve Job.

20. seven7dust unregistered

agree that Apple has taken some inspiration from the note series , but so has samsung , remember the first galaxy s , the single home button etc... the glass back and metal frame design language was created by Apple first with the iPhone 4 in 2010, which is what inspired the new Galaxy and Xperia designs.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.....'failure of the S5' ?! It was the highest selling android phone of the year ! How is that a failure ?

16. seven7dust unregistered

Samsungs profit were halfed and they issued a pay freeze to their employees , so it's safe to say that it failed to meet company expectations. Plus it sold less than the S4 which it replaced , which is one of the phones I used to own BTW.

17. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

That's because the innovation in android world is very fast because competition is beautiful. NOT because S5 is not good. Samsung problem is NOT in the S5, but in the low end offering. In 2014 their low end device is NOT competitive compared to other.

26. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

If no LG there willl not be iphone or samsung ... lG was the first to create a capacitive touch screen in the world .. And smartwatch in 2007 ..

28. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

True story. People forget this...

33. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Typical apple fans, using sales and profits to elaborate how good a phone is... Never mix these up. Use attention to details instead of babbling around about sales and financial figures. The S5 might be a 'failure' for Samsung because sales are much lower than they expected, but for us it's not. It's an excellent phone even after one year despise the ugly design.

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well if you'd actually read the reports why samsung's profit fell then you'd know it had nothing to do with Galaxy S5. It was their mid and low range offering which took the hit because of the more affordable and better offerings by the chinese counterparts. So blaming Samsung's decline in profit to GS5 is very incorrect. BTW, Galaxy S5 did sell more then GS4.

23. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

"By the end of 2014, it was reported that sales of the S5 were 40% down on the previous S4 model"http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/samsung-sells-fewer-galaxy-s5-phones-galaxy-s4-phones/ "The loss in market share was attributed primarily to growing pressure from competitors – especially in the growing low-end smartphone market, AND an already saturated market for high-end smartphones"http://www.extremetech.com/mobile/187308-samsung-profits-decline-as-other-oems-eat-its-lunch

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

It would've been appreciated if you'd given some credible source. The link you mentioned has misquoted the WSJ. They actually sold 40% less then anticipated NOT 40% less then GS4. Here is the original article:http://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-considering-shake-up-in-management-1416783847 Again the second link is not from reliable source and also I didn't find that particular quote you mentioned in that article.

2. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I hope LG equips G4 with 5.5" OLED screen like G Flex 2, but with 2K resolution. Anything else is good already for LG.

9. Dread

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Agree, and i'd like to see LG RGBW OLED inside a LG phone instead of LG TV

11. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Good luck with the battery performance.

22. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I want 6 inch quad hd, for the g pro. It's the perfect viewing experience.

32. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

No. That'd be too weird. 5.3" QHD with good levels of brightness, contrast and efficiency. >5.5" is always going to be phablets IMO.

5. seven7dust unregistered

Maybe a phone like the galaxy note edge , who knows , LG seems to have the best OLED tech for TVs , SO it wouldn't be far fetched to make a good OLED. but I'm still worried about the processor they are going to use , LG is not really adept at making processors , maybe they shouldn't use their own.

25. jessyi

Posts: 325; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

The g pro 2 was better than the note 3..all tbe note 2 had in it favor was the s pen..but now lg has made its own g pen to come back and rival the note series.lg phone always had been better and less laggy. Put a g pen good disign and lg oled screen.

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