We knew that something is being cooked, and while rumors of LG’s Optimus L-series II got to rest (as earlier today the company officially unveiled L3II, L5II and L7II), here it begins murmuring about the beast that has been kept under sleeves for a big rush.
LG, however, officially introduced its 5-incher LG Optimus G Pro handset last month; the company will be at MWC show floor to debut an international version of the phone, as expected, which will be featuring a huge battery and larger 5.5-inch display instead of 5-inch of Japanese variant. But is it worth waiting?
The days are gone, when everyone used to compare every smartphone to the Apple’s iPhone. Now there are some new boys on the block, most of which has unexpectedly taken the market by storm.
The first to grab the spot is Samsung’s Galaxy Note, whose 5-inch (larger-than-average) display was loved by customers, as its chassis was much more than a handful. And it was stretching pockets like nobody’s business. Then we saw Galaxy Note 2 with a even larger screen, which was believed by many to be a crossed-the-line product. But again, Sammy’s kid has easily been one of the hottest devices of the last four months.
Even though, the only devices that compare to the Galaxy Note 2, in terms of “the complete package”, aren’t official yet, but considering the speculations and rumors, at best, the LG Optimus G Pro somehow seems to be a candle-holder against the Note 2.
That said; at bleeding edge, the G Pro international version will rep in a 5.5-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080p) TFT display, 2GB RAM, 32GB, MicroSd support, a 13MP shooter and a 3140 mAh battery, with all coupled with processing power by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. And these specs aren’t all any other smartphone has to offer.
LG has tried its hand at the Phablet market twice before to no avail. With Optimus Vu series of devices got many competitor on the line, including HTC’s Droid DNA or Butterfly, ZTE’s Grand S, Huawei’s Ascend D2 and more. For what it’s worth, LG did implement some software features that … sort of paralleled the other tablet-esque features. LG brought us Stylus experience (called Rubberdium) instead of SPen on Optimus Vu lineup. But that didn’t even begin to make up for the fumble whatever the unit was.
But LG is trying to make a stand (again?); bringing some classy hardware and high-end devices in the hope of gunning for the top spot.
To be honest; we will not be questioning regards the design of company’s upcoming Phablet (no matter whether it’s a carbon copy of Note 2) but we would like to thundering to differentiate with software, of course, at least. So what LG might have to do to make the success a go?
Nothing, but a browser that allows customers to view two Web pages at once, a clip board that can be accessed by a simple gesture or free floating app windows (a la LilyPad HD) instead of split screen apps, and pair the units with some compelling hardware. And if I find these stuffs in the Optimus G Pro, I would like to put my money for a grab.
At the end of the story, I would only dare to write that LG might have been lacking one thing: and that’s true inspiration. It’s not ahead of the game, and is instead perpetually playing catch-up, living in the shadows of other OEMs. So, if LG want to rule the era, they need to think differently, that is. Thoughts?