What does the LG Optimus G2 tell us about the Nexus 5?
LG's Optimus G was seen as the Nexus 4's inspiration. Will the same be said for the Optimus G2 as the Nexus 5 launch looms?
As we approach the busiest time of year for smartphone releases, the world seems to be awash with rumors of new devices, their specifications and when we might expect to see any such handsets released. September seems to be odds-on for when several devices from the world’s largest manufacturers will arrive and many are still keeping us guessing at what we’re to expect.
One of the most anticipated devices of the year is the LG/Google collaborative effort, the Nexus 5, follow up to the hugely popular Nexus 4, which is just eight months old itself. However, in the past few days, some leaked images have surfaced of what appears to be a new handset from LG, slated the LG Optimus G2, and we can’t help but notice that it bears a striking resemblance to Google’s current flagship. This leads us to wonder whether this device will be the Nexus 5’s twin, much like the Optimus G was to the Nexus 4.
In terms of aesthetics, as we mentioned above, the snaps show a device that is in line with the design cues of the Nexus 4, though it is a good deal curvier, much like LG’s Optimus G Pro. The same spangly back-plate that marks out the Nexus 4 appears to be present and correct on this new LG device, though it has been toned down from the Liberace grade we saw on the last Nexus – but all things considered we’d happily take a Nexus 5 with sleeker lines and a less ostentatious design.
The LG Optimus G2 is said to have a 5.2-inch screen, rumored to display full 1080p graphics, which would certainly match up with predictions, size-wise for the Nexus 5. We’ve also been told to expect the new 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM, which is similar to the rumors surrounding the Nexus 5, although 3GB has been a more persistent whisper for the Google-centric offering.
Google has more or less promised consumers a vastly improved camera set-up on the Nexus 5, with rumors of a Nikon 16-megapixel "Omnivision" camera, which could record video in 4K resolution. While the camera aperture on the pictures of the LG Optimus G2 appear to point towards some pretty decent optics, we’re not sure that the single LED flash and 13-megapixel sensor are quite up to spec compared with what we’ve been hearing about the Nexus 5. But then again, not everything on the Optimus G made it across to the Nexus 4, so we won’t let that deter our rampant speculation at such a formative stage.
While the improvements to the Optimus G2 are commendable and easy to see, we aren’t sure the device is enough of a bump up to serve as the template for the next-gen Nexus 5 in its current state, but a lot can change in a few short weeks/months, and with the addition of a couple of key features the device could easily step-up and become one.
Of course, we could also be widely off the mark. The Optimus G2 could just be another solid smartphone from LG and have no impact on the manufacture or success of Google’s next smartphone at all. Another option is that we may simply see an Optimus G2 Google Play edition, much like we have with other manufacturers, leaving the next Nexus to someone else, but our gut tells us that this new LG smartphone will be back, in Google clothes.