LG seems to be gettiing ready to launch a new smartphone in India. We have received press invitations to an event LG is hosting on February 27. A representative from the company informed us that the event is indeed concerning LG’s smartphones. We're guessing this could possibly be the long-awaited launch of LG’s flagship handset—the Optimus G. The smartphone was launched in the rest of the world last year, but we have yet to see the handset on Indian store shelves.
However, LG announced its Optimus L Series II earlier this month. It's possible this event could be for launching this smartphone in India, and not the Optimus G.
Of course, since we’re feeling especially speculative, we're also wondering if the company may actually launch the Nexus 4 here. This idea, however, is far into the Wild Mass Guessing territory, as the last Nexus device we saw being launched in India was Samsung’s Nexus S. But since we don't know anything else about the event or what it'll entail, we can't really say what will be launched or announced.
Finally time for the phone to come to India, maybe
The Optimus G is loaded with a plethora of features that will surely entice anyone remotely interested in smartphone technology. It is equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 and an LTE chip. The device also promises longer battery life, a thinner profile, a brighter display and a new touchscreen panel technology as a result of the vertically-integrated development process. This smartphone is almost the same as the LG Nexus 4, except for the LTE chip and some minor differences.
The Optimus L Series II will be following the same design philosophy of previous phones in the L series, but with some new design elements, including laser-cut contours, a radiant rear design and LED lighting on the home button.
The Optimus L7II is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 chip and has 768MB of RAM. It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and runs on a 2,460 mAh battery. The phone has a 4.3-inch WVGA IPS display, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. It has 4GB of internal memory, which is upgradable via microSD cards.
We had earlier reached the conclusion that the Nexus 4 may not be seeing a launch in India at all, because LG remained tight-lipped and didn't reveal anything. Grey market punters suggested that this is a standard ploy vendors use to keep users guessing and waiting, because such tactics directly affect grey market sales and vendors would much prefer the sales to happen through official channels or not happen at all.
If the Optimus G is indeed launched in India, LG will have to be very competitive with the pricing of the year-old handset. While the phone can't go toe-to-toe against the HTC Butterfly and its screen, it can definitely stand up against HTC's phone when it comes to the camera. However, the Optimus G will still have to be priced lower than the Butterfly. Going by the pricing of some of the other devices in the same category, our estimation is that the Optimus G will be priced between Rs 37,000 and Rs 40,000.
Stay tuned for more information on LG’s event.
Publish date: February 22, 2013 3:59 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 8:52 am
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