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LG G2 To Beat iPhone To Store Shelves

LG will lead the way next month with flagship smartphone, followed by new tablets, smartwatches and quad-HD displays.

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LG is anxious to make sure its flagship smartphone, the G2, goes on sale before the next-generation iPhone. It's also prepping its first new tablet in two years, a smartwatch, and new display technology that will make your eyes spin.

The G2 will first reach Verizon Wireless, reports AndroidCentral.com. It will land there on Sept. 12. AT&T will score the G2 the following day, on Sept. 13. Between AT&T and Verizon, the G2 will be available to more than 200 million Americans. There's no word yet on when the G2 will reach Sprint or T-Mobile.

Apple is expected to announce the next-generation iPhone on Sept. 10. Apple generally makes new iPhones available less than two weeks after announcing them. Right now, Sept. 20 looks like the target date for the iPhone's actual launch. That means LG could beat Apple to the market by about a week, if it is lucky.

The G2 was announced earlier this month. It features a 5.2-inch 1080p HD screen, a quad-core 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13-megapixel camera and a novel design that puts the buttons on the back of the phone. It also has a handful of innovative software features that will make it easy to use.

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In addition to the G2, LG is ready to field a new Android tablet. Mobile communications head at LG Bulgaria, Dimitar Valev, confirmed that such a device is on the way and should be available before the end of the year. Valev didn't share any details about the device, but something called the G Pad recently cleared testing from the Federal Communications Commission. Valev also noted that a smartwatch is in the works, but it won't debut until 2014. Valev hinted that the smartwatch will have a flexible display.

LG competitor Samsung is pegged to announce a smartwatch as soon as Sept. 4. Apple is also believed to be working on a smartwatch, but the timing for its arrival is less clear. Valev also said that LG has more phablets in the works, also expected to arrive in 2014.

Valev's comments are well-timed, as LG announced Wednesday a brand-new display for smartphones that fall into the phablet category. The quad-high-definition LCD panel is a marvel for its high resolution. The quad-HD spec measures 2560 x 1440 pixels. The LG panel measures 5.5 inches. Combine the size and resolution, and the screen has a pixel density of 538 pixels per inch. That's more than 200 ppi higher than Apple's Retina Display. It has four times the pixels of a 1280 x 720p HD display. LG didn't say when the new smartphone panel would go into production, but next year would be the earliest such a screen might make an appearance in consumer-grade products.

LG is pushing harder to compete with the market leaders, and its efforts may eventually bear fruit.

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8/21/2013 | 7:56:56 PM
re: LG G2 To Beat iPhone To Store Shelves
LG needs to be aggressive to have a chance. Apple could care less if LG gets new devices to market a week earlier, I suspect; the iPhone has a built-in audience, whereas LG will need to earn everything it gets. I doubt a week's head start will make a difference if the product isn't legitimately compelling.
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