19
Jun
LG

Earlier this evening, LG (finally) announced the successor to the Optimus G. While the phone was not explicitly named in LG's press release, we can only assume it will be the Optimus G2, the phone we've been hoping for for some time now.

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LG and Qualcomm remind us in the release that the Snapdragon 800 boasts up to 75% better performance than the Optimus G's S4 Pro, along with 4G LTE Carrier Aggregation (by which data speeds are made "even faster"), better battery life, Ultra HD video capture, and support for displays up to 2560x2480, among other things.

Not much else is known about the device (like, say, its actual appearance or when it'll be available), but we'll certainly keep you posted. Check out the full press release below.

LG, QUALCOMM EXPAND SUCCESSFUL

COLLABORATION WITH NEXT G SERIES SMARTPHONE

Successor to Original G Series to Feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor

for the Ultimate Mobile Experience

SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2013 — Expanding on a collaboration with a proven track record of success, LG Electronics, Inc. (LG), Qualcomm Incorporated, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced that the successor to the award-winning LG Optimus will utilize Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor, the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

LG’s G series device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors will redefine the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. Capable of carrier aggregation, the Snapdragon 800 processor is designed to allow LTE to be even faster by maximizing spectrum bandwidth to increase data speeds and reduce latency.

“With a powerful combination of LG’s core smartphone technologies and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, we are taking a significant step forward in the mobile experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The result of this collaboration will in many ways be the industry’s best smartphone by which all other devices will be measured.”

“We are pleased with continued collaboration with LG,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and co-president, Qualcomm mobile and computing. “Fully tailored and tightly integrated with the entire next G series platform, the new, best-in-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor will help deliver blazing fast web browsing, eye-popping graphics, seamless connectivity as well as an unmatched multimedia experience.”

Delivering up to 75 percent better performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the Snapdragon 800 processor will feature many of the industry’s leading technologies for the ultimate mobile experience, including:

  • Higher speeds with Krait 400 CPUs in quad configuration to deliver greater processing and communication performance;
  • Enhanced aSMP (asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing) architecture for dynamic power sensing and control for peak performance per core and improved battery life without the use of specialized cores;
  • Fully integrated connectivity with a wide variety of communication options including 4G LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation;
  • New Adreno™ 330 GPU delivering more than two times better performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320 GPU;
  • Video capture, playback and display in Ultra HD format, four times higher density than 1080p HD;
  • HD multichannel audio with DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus, supporting higher display resolutions up to 2560 x 2048 pixels and Miracast 1080p HD; and
  • Qualcomm IZat Location technology, featuring GNSS for more accurate navigation and location services.
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  • joser116

    Galasy S4 is now obsolete :)

    • Patrik Carlsson

      With only 16 GB internal storage version here in Sweden I wouldn't even consider it.

    • JamJamBoom

      How did you come to this conclusion without seeing this phone or the specs? All you know is that they have a new phone with the Snapdragon 800 coming. You don't even know WHEN it is coming. I'm pretty sure HTC, Sony, Samsung, etc all have phones with the Snapdragon 800 coming.

      There is a version of the S4 with the 800 processor already in tow, so if we are just going by processors, then the S4 can't be obsolete now can it?

      Please tell me your inside info.

      This seems to be more of an ad for Qualcomm really

      (Owns a Nexus 4)

      • joser116

        You are absolutely correct.

      • Patrik Carlsson

        Yes, I agree with you. I also like that there are so many devices now using Snapdragon. It makes fragmentation a little less of a problem in the long run.

  • ProductFRED

    Until LG fixes their horrible device support (or lack of), I can't consider their phones. All they do is pretend their previously released devices don't exist. It's like they purposely try to screw up.

    • Patrik Carlsson

      Since I got my Optimus G I have rooted and have been running cm10.1 for a few months I guess I will have trouble going back to any brand beside pure google (though the batterytime is not great). Samsung have the efs issues and too little internal storage for my gaming needs. I have an old S2 (also running cm10.1 and a Note 2 LTE, so I am not in any way biased. The not up to latest android issue is less problematic for me in comparison to how much bloatware and add ons/changes to android they all make. I guess you have bad experience with LG, but then again I don't understand why you just don't throw in a custom rom.

      • Babs Oyed

        STFU with you "root and rom" nonsense!

        • Antonio Augusto Castillo

          You STFU and cancel your Internet connection

      • Chris

        Agreed. Since the 4.1.2 OTA came out, the amount and quality of ROMs ported to the OG has been phenomenal.

  • Kevin

    And it won't come to Verizon. Funny how before the boon of smartphones, Verizon carried every freaking LG flip and slider phone known to humankind. Now? Aside from a few mediocre phones, Verizon seems to have shunned LG completely (and/or vice versa)

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Just bought a mint condition Optimus G (AT&T version) for $250...best phone purchase I've made. The G2 will certainly be a great buy, one can hope it becomes the basis for the Nexus 4+/5 or whatever, and that it *retains LTE*!

  • Mike Goff

    I recently took my Skyrocket for a swim (accidentally) and was forced to get a replacement phone to carry me through till upgrade time. I ended up picking up a new Optimus G and am amazed by how well built it is. I used to think that LG phones were complete junk, but this thing has changed my mind. I could care less about software support from them, since I rooted it and installed RootBox (a CM10.1, PA, and AOKP mash-up) within an hour of receiving it. I'm impressed by the battery life, too. My Skyrocket would be nearly dead after about 5-6 hours off the charger. With this phone I'm making it through an entire day only using about 40%. If the G2 is anywhere near as good as this phone, I know what I'm getting at upgrade time next spring.

    • reverend_house

      Good points, the Optimus G and Nexus 4 are solidly put together phones. The only thing that worries me about not getting software updates is not getting the required drivers for newer versions of Android and kernel source. There's limited things that even the CM devs can do if they can't get hold of new binary blobs.

      Ps it's "I couldn't care less" rather than "I could care less". If you "couldn't care less" that means that your level of care = 0, which is what you're trying to say. If you "could care less" than means that your level of care is > 0, i.e. "you care" - grammar Nazi moment over.

  • Bas

    A new G series is no news. Will there be a Google Edition?

  • S

    how much better would the snapdragon 800 be compared to the 600? been holding off the htc one because of this.

  • Simon Belmont

    Really hope to see the Snappy 800 in the next Nexus phone. The Nexus 4 with the Snappy S4 Pro, was top of the line, CPU wise, for quite a while, so it would be nice to see that duplicated.

    The Snappy 800 offers other cool stuff like OpenGL ES 3.0 and that ultra low power voice command processing. Can't wait.