The LG Optimus G has hardly had a chance to take off its coat and put its feet up, having started its international release schedule in late September, but rumors of its replacement have already started to gather. A Korean website has said LG is already planning the Optimus G2, and that it will be out during the second half of 2013, when it will do battle with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Apple’s next iPhone.
When the Optimus G was announced, it was one of the first to use Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon processor, plus it has a massive 4.7-inch, 720p touchscreen and a 13-megapixel camera. This combination certainly gained Google’s attention, and LG used the Optimus G as the basis for the Nexus 4, its first all-Google smartphone.
With a specification like this, it’s not immediately obvious where the improvements will come for its sequel, but don’t worry, if the rumors are true then the G2 is going to be even more exciting. Remember when LG announced it was busily producing 5-inch displays with 1080p resolutions? Well, it appears the G2 will be one of the first LG devices to use one.
LG’s Full HD panels will measure 5-inches in size and boast a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, with a pixel density of 441ppi. If that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve recently seen the Droid DNA announced with just such a screen, and it seems like every other major manufacturer is working on them too.
Again, a Qualcomm chip will power LG’s flagship phone, and judging by the estimation it’ll have a 2GHz clock speed, it could be a next-generation S4 Pro inside. Other technical features include 4G LTE connectivity and 2GB of RAM. Finally, the operating system will be Google Android, but version 5.0 or Key Lime Pie. As is traditional, the next major revision of Android will probably be launched during Google I/O next summer, so a late 2013 release makes sense for the Optimus G2.
If LG sticks to the same schedule as the Optimus G, we should see an announcement in late August next year.