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LG confirms dual-flagship strategy is still on, G4 Note coming by year’s end

The name, of course, isn’t etched in stone yet, but most likely, Samsung’s Galaxy Note family will be directly targeted by LG G4’s big brother.

LG G4

Probably sensing the G4 Stylus and G4c announcements confused more than they inspired, suggesting perhaps the oft-rumored ultra-high-end pen-capable variant of the G4 was canceled, the Korean smartphone manufacturer felt the need to set the record straight.

Yes, the G Pro 2 was a bust last year and so a sequel is out of the question, but no, LG isn’t going to put all its top-tier 2015 eggs in one basket. Instead, they’ll shamelessly rip off Samsung’s marketing tactics yet again, leaving the leather-backed G4 to battle the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and preparing the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 an equally worthy adversary.

Granted, we’re mostly reading between the lines here, and relying on older intel, since LG officials only told Focus Taiwan the other day they’re planning “a second flagship smartphone for release later this year.” No details on the bad boy’s identity, nothing on specs or a more precise ETA.

LG G4 Stylus G4c

It’s also possible the G4 Note, G Note or however it ends up being branded will chiefly address Asian audiences, though that would just prove LG’s aspirations aren’t anywhere as bold as they should be. So, we’re not really buying that theory.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see if Korea’s number two OEM can react to Samsung’s speculated decision of rolling the GNote 5 out earlier than usual as an iPhone-fending technique. The problem is the G4 hasn’t properly launched yet, and a premature G4 Note debut could well cannibalize the 5.5 incher’s sales, given the tools to markedly separate the two are very few.

Pen support, maybe 0.2 inches of extra screen real estate, a more pronounced curve and… what else? Snapdragon 820 power? Unlikely. 4 GB RAM? Totally overkill. 20 MP rear camera? Sure, but G4’s 16 MP shooter is already pretty great.

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