Even though LG’s Optimus G is by all consideration still a quite new handset, we’ve already been hearing rumors about a G2 for some months now. We looked at a few of those back in November, when we heard the phone would feature a 1080p display and get a nice processor bump, moving up to one clocked at 2.0GHz. Now some new rumors add a little support to those claims, and make it look like the G2 could be ready to make an appearance at the 2013 CES next week.
We just heard that LG could be planning to show off a 5.5-inch 1080p Android at the CES, but there was no name tied to that phone. Now that Digitimes is talking about the G2 making a CES appearance, it sounds like these might be the same phone.
Besides the 1080p screen, the other big change for the G2 would be this new SoC. We haven’t seen any phones yet released with quad-core Snapdragon S4 Prime chips – the first Optimus G runs an S4 Pro – and as far as Qualcomm has announced, the Prime series is intended for things like smart TVs, where they won’t need cellular connectivity. Supposedly, the G2’s chip would be a Prime model, the MSM8974, and unlike the APQ8064 on so many recent Androids, this one would have a built-in radio with LTE support and all.
Maybe LG is thinking about promoting the Optimus G alongside the G2, with the latter as a bigger, higher-res option for those users who prefer a larger-format device.