The next powerhouse Android smartphone from LG, following the launch of the G Flex 2, is currently scheduled for sometime in April, according to a report on Monday from The Korea Times. LG reportedly decided it wasn’t ready to announce the smartphone during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, which officially kicks off during the first week of month. That’s where we expect Samsung to introduce the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, and where we expect HTC to announce the HTC One M9.
It’s possible the smartphone just isn’t ready to be announced, but The Korea Times suggests it’s also a matter of marketing and timing the announcement. LG may not want to announce its device at the same time as its competitors, it seems. “Samsung usually releases its new flagship model in the first quarter of each year, and Apple in the second quarter,” LG’s source said, though Apple actually releases its devices in the the third quarter of the calendar year, around September. “We need some in-between time to make a bigger splash.”
The Korea Times also suggests that LG may be pushing the launch back because of the Snapdragon 810 processor, which has been prone to overheating according to reports and will be replaced by a Samsung Exynos chip in the Galaxy S6. Despite those reports, LG is already using the chip in its G Flex 2, and HTC is expected to deploy it in the new One M9, too.
It does appear that LG is going to be relatively quiet during MWC, and we know that it isn’t hosting a large press conference as its competitors will. That suggests there’s truth to the report that we’ll need to wait a bit longer for the G4 to break cover.