In a move to add more high-end smartphones, the LG GX has been announced exclusively in South Korea. The LG GX matches the LG Optimus G Pro in almost every section, making it a little odd to see, considering the Optimus G Pro is still available from many smartphone retailers.
The LG GX comes with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP camera and 3,140 mAh battery. This matches up with the Optimus G Pro and the only real difference is design and availability at the moment.
We cannot see this sticking in South Korea, unless LG plans to stop all sales of the Optimus G Pro in the region. The LG GX does come with some of LG’s rather questionable design changes, including Knock On, allowing users to double-tap to wake the smartphone up.
Another reason for the new smartphone may be brand change – LG no longer works on the Optimus brand, instead changing to just ‘G’ for their high-end devices. The LG GX gives the LG G2 a cheaper brother, which can strengthen the brand similar to the iPhone 5C in Apple’s case.
LG will be adding the Smart Window accessory to the LG GX, another feature brought from the LG G2. This window displays some glance-able apps on a small tile in the middle of the cover, allowing users to check the time and look at notifications without opening the smartphone.
The LG GX comes a few months before the LG G3 may be released, at MWC 2014 in February. The new flagship should bring the latest 2650 x 1600 resolution display, Snapdragon 805 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 4000mAh battery, dual-band WiFi ac, LTE and NFC.
Until then, we can only wait until the LG GX comes to Europe and the US – considering it is now the cheaper version of the LG G2, an international launch would be expected in the coming months.