By Stephen Schenck | December 12, 2013 3:09 PM
Is LG working on a new Android phablet? That’s a big, fat “maybe” as we get a look at a leak purporting to show off an upcoming LG “Gx” model, but find ourselves questioning some of the details surrounding the find.
Those low-res images above were just posted to a South Korean message board, apparently revealing a holiday-themed advertising campaign for the phone. Is what we’re seeing legitimate, or did someone just cook this up in Photoshop? Let’s take a look at why we’re suspicious.
Layout-wise, that Gx sure appears a lot like the Optimus G Pro. We’ve got the same hardware home button, and the same positioning for the camera and prox sensor. In fact, the only differences seem to be slightly more curved top and bottom edges and a different look for the earpiece. Really, it seems a LOT like the G Pro Lite Dual, only with the addition of that home button.
But it’s the specs that really have us questioning just what this model might be. Supposedly, it’s got a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, 2GB of RAM, runs a Snapdragon 600, has a 13-megapixel main camera, and packs a 3140 mAh battery – every one of those perfectly matches the Optimus G Pro. So, if this is a refresh, where’s the improvement?
Well, the source claims that the Gx will support LTE-Advance communications. That sounds really weird, since as far as we know the 600 doesn’t have such support built-in; this is exactly why Samsung moved from the 600 to an 800 for LTE-A versions of the GS4.
So, what the heck is this? A hoax? Did the tipster get some info wrong? Is there a new version of the Snapdragon 600 we didn’t know about? Until we get something more, this is all one big mystery.