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LG confirms LG Optimus G2 will run on Snapdragon 800 CPU

LG has confirmed that the follow-up to last year’s LG Optimus G flagship phone will run on Qualcomm’s cutting edge Snapdragon 800 CPU.

Whilst the Korean company didn’t specifically name the device as the LG Optimus G2, it did refer to the much-rumoured phone as the successor to the “award winning” Optimus G.

If it sounds a little odd that a major smartphone manufacturer would announce a specific component for a flagship device ahead of naming the device itself, the fact that this was a joint release with Qualcomm (the maker of the Snapdragon 800 chip) should explain it.

LG confirmed the existence of the LG Optimus G2 back in April, as well as a Q3 UK release window. However, it also told Trusted Reviews at the time that the precise naming of the phone was still up in the air, and that the device’s specs would be revealed at a later time.

We now have one vital part of those specs, at least.

According to the press release, “LG’s G series device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors will redefine the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency.”

This will result in a predicted 75 percent performance increase over the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, which powers the current LG Optimus G as well as the Sony Xperia Z and the Google Nexus 4 (which is also built by LG).

Another major part of the Snapdragon 800’s appeal will be its improved handling of LTE or 4G signals – or to put it in LG and Qualcomm’s technical terms, “maximizing spectrum bandwidth to increase data speeds and reduce latency.”

LG president and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park is certainly talking his company’s forthcoming flagship up, referring to it as “the industry’s best smartphone by which all other devices will be measured.”

It’s rumoured that the LG Optimus G2 will also feature a 5-inch 1080p IPS display, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2.

Next, check out our LG Optimus G Pro hands-on preview