With the little that we know about LG’s future smartphones, we’ve been able to figure out that there’s something big coming at MWC 2013. This was initially believed to be the much anticipated successor to the Optimus G, but these claims didn’t hold much weight and we heard that the 5.5-inch 1080p smartphone, the Optimus GK will break cover instead. However, it seems like the successor to the Optimus G is in no mood to get out of the rumor mill as a new report coming out of a Japanese source suggests that the next gen Optimus G could go by the name Optimus G Pro and will feature top of the line specs as well. This smartphone apparently will break cover on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo under the model number L-04E. This makes sense especially when we consider the fact that the original Optimus G bore the L-01E model number. However, these reports are still fairly premature so we recommend you to take this with a pinch of salt for now.
The report also sheds light on some of the alleged specs of the device, claiming a 5-inch 1080p display, the quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with a clockspeed of 1.7 GHz, 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera sensor, following in the footsteps of its predecessor. Android 4.1 is said to be running here possibly on top of LG’s custom UI. A rather beefier 3,000 mAh battery is said to be on board which would substantially increase the thickness of the device by about 1.6mm compared to the original Optimus G.
It does make sense for LG to launch a Pro version of the smartphone instead of a full blown successor as the hardware just isn’t there yet. Maybe the company could focus on the Optimus G2 for fall this year as earlier rumored. As for the upcoming MWC event, there’s still plenty of time left during which LG could possibly change its mind or come up with something out of the blue. For now, we’re going with the Optimus GK, the 5.5-inch phablet for MWC 2013 in Barcelona. Stepping into the phablet territory is a bold move and one which LG has done in the past but failed. So the company would like to turn the tables with this new phablet. There’s also a very remote possibility that LG would launch the Optimus G Pro during the MWC, although we can’t really vouch for it yet. LG desperately needs to make a mark on the smartphone market to leave juggernauts like Samsung behind. It is to be seen if the South Korean manufacturer will be successful at that.