By Stephen Schenck | June 21, 2013 1:50 PM
We’ve been looking at signs for months now that LG’s follow-up to the Optimus G could arrive running a Snapdragon 800 SoC. Then, when the company announced this week that the G2 would indeed feature one of these new Qualcomm chips, we saw those leaks validated. While LG has started to share information about this handset, it still hasn’t formally launched it, nor given us a firm expectation of when to expect it. We’ve been operating on the assumption that this year’s IFA in Berlin might be the right venue, but now news of an early August New York LG event has us wondering if the G2 might not show itself then.
LG’s event is scheduled for August 7, while the 2013 IFA is taking place about a month later, in early September. It’s possible that LG wants to get a leg up on its competition, as availability of the Snapdragon 800 will surely usher in a new wave of high-end handsets; waiting for the IFA might mean that the G2 gets drowned out by all the noise from other manufacturers.
For the moment, we don’t have any particular evidence for the G2 being featured at this event – LG hasn’t been dropping any subtle (or not so) hints – and this theory is mainly based on the time frame involved.
Separately, there’s a theory that LG might drop the Optimus name for this phone, and it could simply be the LG G2. That’s largely prompted by a seeming hesitance from LG to feature the Optimus name too prominently in its announcement of the G2′s SoC.