LG (066570) recently reached a new milestone with its Optimus G smartphone. The company announced on Friday that its flagship device has now sold over a million units since it launched last year, Yonhap News Agency reported. Despite the achievement, the Optimus G still lags behind the competition. The Galaxy S III has sold more than 40 million units and the iPhone 5 sold more than 5 million units in its opening weekend alone. Earlier this month, LG announced that it had also sold more than 1 million Optimus Vu phablets in South Korea, a number that is on par with the Galaxy Note II. To reach the figure, however, the company combined sales of its Optimus Vu and Optimus Vu II.
LG (006570) is looking to branch out in 2013 and expand its mobile offerings beyond Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system. The Korea Times reported that LG expects to sell 75 million mobile phones this year, an increase from 55 million in 2012. A majority of the handsets, or roughly 45 million, are expected to be profitable smartphones, while the remaining 30 million will be budget and feature phones. LG’s smartphones won’t just be running Android, however. The company is reportedly also readying devices that are powered by Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 operating system. More →
LG (066570) apparently isn’t sitting around and letting its flagship Optimus G smartphone line grow stale. AndroidGuys points us to a report from the Korean website MK stating that LG is already working on a sequel to the Optimus G that could be released as early as May 2013. The new smartphone, currently dubbed the Optimus G2, is rumored to feature some crazy specs: a 2GHz processor, a display with a pixel density of 440 pixels per inch, and the yet-to-be-announced Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. While such specs are certainly gaudy, they’re not out of the realm of possibility, especially since Google (GOOG) typically releases a new iteration of Android every nine months or so.
According to recent estimates Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley provided to clients in a recent research note, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) combined to capture 106% of smartphone industry profits in the third quarter this year. That’s not a typo. Big-brand smartphone vendors are still struggling to find a way to stop losing money while Apple pulled in 59% of industry profits according to Walkley’s figures, and Samsung accounted for 47%. But Samsung actually wasn’t the only global Android vendor that managed to turn a profit last quarter. More →
AT&T (T) announced on Monday that it will begin selling the LG (06657011) Optimus G on November 2nd for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The Optimus G has a beefy 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM and connectivity with AT&T’s 4G LTE network. So long as AT&T’s version of the Optimus G doesn’t cut out any features, the smartphone should also have a 8-megapixel rear camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a whopping 2,100mAh battery. BGR had a brief hands-on with the LG Optimus G last month and walked away impressed by the speedy smartphone. Preorders for the Optimus G on AT&T begin October 16th. More →
Watch out, Samsung (005930): you aren’t the only electronics manufacturer capable of creating absurd and bombastic marketing materials for your smartphones. LG (06657011) this week unleashed a new video for its new Optimus G smartphone that demonstrated its power by using an interpretive dancer, ripped topless men practicing archery and hand gestures so goofy that they would put many fourth-rate hypnotists to shame. The full video rarely actually shows the device close up, and when it does it touts the Optimus G’s “mystic appearance” among other features. The full Optimus G video is posted below. More →
LG (066570) on Wednesday announced that its Optimus G smartphone would be available on AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) later this year. The Android handset comes with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, NFC, a 2,100mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera. More →
The LG Optimus G announced on Tuesday is a beast of a smartphone. LG (06657011) held a press event on Wednesday in New York City to show off its latest quad-core smartphone and we were on hand to check it out. How does LG’s new 4.7-inch, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone with a monster 13-megapixel camera and 2,100 mAh battery feel? Read on to find out.
BGR will be covering LG’s (066570) New York press conference live on Wednesday morning, but it looks like the subject of the event is no longer a mystery. LG on Tuesday took the wraps off its latest flagship Android smartphone, the LG Optimus G. Featuring a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768-pixel high-definition display, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 2,100 mAh battery, the Optimus G runs LG’s tweaked version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will launch next week in South Korea. U.S. pricing and specific launch details beyond November availability were not announced, however we can likely expect to learn more during Wednesday’s press conference, which BGR will be covering live beginning at 8:00 a.m. EDT. LG’s press release follows below along with a promotional video featuring the Optimus G. More →
As the smartphone wars continue to heat up, LG (066570) has fallen way behind. In some ways, that’s a good thing — it has kept LG off Apple’s radar, if nothing else. LG did manage to eke a small profit last quarter, which is more than most smartphone vendors can say these days, and the South Korean company just took the wraps off its latest smartphone. The LG Optimus G is the latest and greatest from the struggling smartphone maker, and it definitely has some appealing specs that could give it a leg up on rival Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III — on paper, at least. More →
According to a report from Asia Today, LG (066570) is preparing to launch a high-end smartphone that will rival the Galaxy S III. The handset, supposedly known as the Optimus G, is equipped with a 4.7-inch True HD display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, LTE connectivity and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The device also includes VoLTE capabilities and will feature the company’s Optimus user interface atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the report claims. LG is expected to announce the Optimus G at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin on August 31st. Earlier reports indicated that the device could be offered from Sprint (S) as the Eclipse 4G LTE in the fourth quarter this year. More →