For an Android player that routinely mirrors the marketing strategies of rival Samsung, at least as far as choice and diversity are concerned, LG has had an unusually timid beginning of the year, swinging by CES earlier this month only to again showcase the curvy G Flex.
No new product announcements, no nothing, until a press release previewed G Pro 2’s imminent rollout. But the big guy ain’t out yet, so technically LG still hasn’t introduced anything fresh in 2014. Oh, yes, only when the Koreans get going, they’re virtually impossible to stop.
In other words, when it rains, it pours, and expect February and March to be remarkably rainy months. An avalanche of unreleased LG-made devices has descended upon us this past week, bringing with it a bundle of codenames and model numbers, some easier to crack, some… not so much.
Let’s start with the easy parts. The G Pro 2 is nearly guaranteed to tout a Full HD (aka 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution) display, as per the User Agent Profile of its China Mobile-bound variant: D838. On the software side of things, Android 4.4 KitKat is a certainty as well, though I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.
Another leaked document confirms the phablet’s global model number – D830 – and its aliases in Korea – F350K, F350L, F350S – whereas an RRA (Korea National Radio Research) certification proves there’s on-board LTE-Advanced support, plus NFC, GSM and W-CDMA. Also, that it’s landing in LG’s homeland pretty soon, maybe a few days after the expected MWC formal debut.
Moving on a little lower on the totem pole, an LS740 was seen casually dropping by FCC on its way to Sprint. Since it’s obviously connected to 2013’s Optimus F3 (aka LS720), odds are it’ll go official as the F3 II, with LTE support, pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat (nice!), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and qHD (960 x 540 pix res) screen.
Assuming the F390L is the Korean copycat of the Optimus F3 II (which is a solid guess), the mid-ranger is tipped to measure 4.7 inches, as per a listing on the official website of Asian carrier LG U+. But the first-gen F3 was a tiny 4-incher, so the size increase seems a tad drastic.
Oh, well, let’s wait and see, but for now, another tidbit. Verizon may also score a variant of this Optimus F3 II, known on the inside as the VS876. Did I or did I not tell you we’ll be hearing a lot of LG these coming months?
And there’s more. A mysterious entry-level Optimus X3 line (name subject to change), which may replace the Optimus Ls. So far, we’ve identified five members of the family, though it’s not out of the question they’re one and the same, simply carrying different monikers for certain regions and specific networks.
For instance, the F370 (K, L and S) is headed to Korea with Android 4.4 KitKat, a 4.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) panel and quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU. Meanwhile, the D315 and D317 are the global flavors, likely with single SIM and dual SIM respectively, and the D317H is on its way to Brazil. Finally, the L31L is tailor-made for American prepaid wireless provider TracFone.