Despite how long LG’s been making smartphones, and the way it led the charge into technologies like dual-core SoCs and 3D screens, the company just doesn’t feel like much of a smartphone powerhouse. It doesn’t have near the popularity of a manufacturer like Samsung, and while we often talk about HTC’s struggles in the market, even that company tends to demand more of our attention. LG keeps managing to release a good number of Androids, and while most seem “fine”, the company’s struggled to really get people excited about its offerings. In spite of all that, it seems that LG’s luck has been on the upswing lately, and the recent quarterly earnings it’s shared reveal the company’s highest smartphone sales to date.
Indeed, LG smartphone sales for the Q1 2013 are up 28.5% compared to just one year ago; that’s some impressive growth. The company names a number of hot-selling handsets that it attributes this surge to, including the Nexus 4, Optimus G, and the still-new Optimus G Pro. It’s not just the higher-end models that have been driving LG’s sales, and it also mentions some good performance from its Optimus L series.
LG hopes to keep this trend going, bolstered by some of the MWC phones we saw, like the Optimus L II and Optimus F lineups. A little further down the line, we’re excited about what the Optimus G II might bring to this year’s IFA.
What do you think, does LG have what it takes to start pulling some more sales away from the competition?