Though LG’s next flagship smartphone, the G3, is unlikely to go official anytime soon, speculation is ramping up already vis-à-vis its build quality, hardware specifications and various model numbers.
You don’t need to be an experienced market analyst to tell LG is slowly but steadily becoming a major force in the mobile landscape. They may not have the impressive advertising budget of their fellow Koreans from Samsung, or Apple’s tradition and reputation, yet Google’s trust and support might help balance things out.
Bolstered by the Nexus 4 and 5 hits, LG has recently made a few waves with the Optimus G and G2. Plus, the newly announced G Pro 2 looks awfully promising. Next up, a Nexus 6 is in the works, almost certainly alongside a G3.
A G3 that Korean media says will follow Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5’s suit, shielding the chassis against water and dust. To be fair, it’ll actually follow in the footsteps of multiple high-end Sony devices if rumors pan out, as Sammy itself took a page out of the Japanese OEM’s playbook with the “next big thing”.
But who was first to seize the potential of waterproof phones is not very important right now. What’s noteworthy and extremely pleasing is this is becoming a standard function on cutting-edge gizmos. No more just singing in the rain, you’ll be able to play Flappy Bird in the rain before long.
Meanwhile, user agent profile strings show an LG gadget codenamed B2 and carrying model numbers D851 and VS985 as packing a Quad HD, aka 2K display (2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution), and 13 MP rear-facing camera. Quite the odd combo, as QHD res is considered the next must-have feature for smartphones, whereas 13 MP snappers are a thing of the past.
Now, we can’t be positive this is the G3, but G2’s alternate monikers include D800 and VS980, and the G Pro 2 is also known as D830. Ergo, we’re dealing with some sort of sequel, headed to Verizon (VS985), T-Mobile (D851) and AT&T (D850).
In other news, a G Pro 2 Lite, aka B1 Lite, may be in the pipeline too. No words on specs yet, but I reckon everything shall be revealed in the coming weeks. The G3? It’ll probably land sometime between July and September, so it might still be a while.