More powerful LG G3 could arrive next month

Although LG's flagship smartphone for 2014 has not yet even gone on sale, rumours are already circulating of a beefed-up model being ready for launch in the near future.

Korean site Naver reports that LG is working on producing a variant of the G3 with a more powerful processor that could be introduced as soon as July. The 5.5-inch G3 is currently equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.46GHz, but this chip is beginning to show its age.

Could we see a more powerful version of this next month?

Apparently, LG want to release a G3 with a Snapdragon 805 to give the device even greater performance than it already exhibits. Benefits would be particularly noted whilst 3D gaming as the graphics clock speed for the unit is up by a significant 140MHz on the 801 to 718MHz, running on an Adreno 420 in place of an Adreno 330.

Additionally, graphics memory is doubled in both size and speed.‚Äč The 805 also supports the playback of 4K, ultra high-definition video that media buffs are sure to enjoy, and a theoretical download speed of 225Mbps over 802.11ac WiFi.

No other changes are mentioned, and it is unlikely that much else would be amended so soon after the launch of the base model. If the rumours prove to be true, it is entirely likely that the device will be marketed as a 'G3 Prime' or similar, like to Samsung's rumoured Galaxy S5 Prime and the purportedly shelved HTC One M8 Prime. Such a phone would enable LG to compete against any other handset on sale in terms of raw power in the increasingly saturated Android mobile market.

Source: Naver via CNET | Image via LG

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G3 doesn't even launch here until next month. I already have one on preorder. I will not be happy if they did this.

The 5.5-inch G3 is currently equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.46GHz, but this chip is beginning to show its age.

Show its age??? LOL. This chip has barely several months since it's available.

Dot Catrix said,

Show its age??? LOL. This chip has barely several months since it's available.

My thoughts exactly. Wonder what the heck is wrong with them.

Draconian Guppy said,
Samsung and LG both do this, but only release to certain markets, so no biggie...

Not within weeks of initial launch. Heck, G3 hasn't even launched in some places.

Draconian Guppy said,
the galaxy s4 LTA edition (snapdragon 800 vs thenormal 600) was released in Korea like 3 weeks in.

April to June isn't three weeks in.

G3 hasn't even finished launching.

Still dude, my point is, companies do offer several models for different markets, maybe this leak is just proof they want to do it all at once? This is just a rumor so far so...

Draconian Guppy said,
Still dude, my point is, companies do offer several models for different markets, maybe this leak is just proof they want to do it all at once? This is just a rumor so far so...

And my point is you don't do that before finishing your initial launch!

-adrian- said,
not if the prerelease is not selling well anyways.

What happens when the customers who plunked down a huge chunk of change on a phone to be ousted a month later? They lose trust in the company and look to other companies next time. Nobody wants to see their purchase one-upped by a beefed up version of the same phone a few weeks later.

Motorola used to do this years ago and ticked off quite a few people.

While product suicide might have been the wrong term, it is bad for business.

adrynalyne, you're describing the tech industry since the 80's. There's a statement I've heard a lot over the years, "The second you walk out the door with it, it's obsolete." Get use to it. I did.

Open Minded said,
adrynalyne, you're describing the tech industry since the 80's. There's a statement I've heard a lot over the years, "The second you walk out the door with it, it's obsolete." Get use to it. I did.

Really? What other company sabotaged their own product launch by refreshing the product before it finished launching?

Open Minded said,
What? The Galaxy S 5 isn't out? I don't know what you're getting at...

Pardon me, was thinking of the S5 or some reason. Need more coffee.

Open Minded said,
What? The Galaxy S 5 isn't out? I don't know what you're getting at...

Oh, sorry. I was getting at the subject of this article:

The LG G3. I thought that was implied.