Why spend over $600 on a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge when you can buy both the G Flex 2 and G3 for less?
One of the fastest risers in global and especially US mobile sales lately owes a big part of this seemingly surprising success to very aggressive pricing policies. Even their newest flagship, the leather-clad G4, costs a fraction of the price of its main rivals, with Amazon selling it as low as $460 unlocked.
No wonder the perennial Korean underdog feels comfortable enough to berate its local and worldwide nemesis for the Galaxy Note 5 availability fiasco. Meanwhile, LG can somehow also afford to hawk two of its latest three hero devices at sub-$300 apiece.
Technically, trusted eBay merchants qualitycellz and mobilepros1 cut you the greatest deals yet on the platinum silver G Flex 2 and metallic black G3 respectively. But they couldn’t have done it without the manufacturer’s willingness to pretty much relinquish profit margins.
Once you count R&D and marketing alongside actual component expenses, the G Flex 2 for instance probably yielded $250+ spending per unit. We don’t reckon the curved 5.5-inch screen is exactly affordable, even with a pixel count of “just” 1,920 x 1,080, and the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC is for better or worse Qualcomm’s current top dog.
Then you have your 3 gigs of RAM, 32 GB internal storage space, 13 MP dual-LED flash rear camera and hefty 3,000 mAh battery. Once upon a time available for as much as $500, the high-end ensemble now sets you back $289.99. With LTE connectivity for AT&T and T-Mobile. The carrier choice is all yours.
The same goes for the GSM unlocked LG G3, which is ten bucks cheaper, greatly resembling the second-gen “banana phone” in several departments. Specifically, cameras, battery, display size, RAM and ROM.
The panel is obviously more “conventional”, as well as sharper, at 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, while the quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor is slightly laggier, albeit cool as a cucumber.