LG Leaked Portfolio of Smartphones Q3/4 2011: Not Much to Excite

We’ve seen a few decent smartphones from LG this year such as the Optimus 2X, 3D and Black but with the amazing smartphones about to come out such as the US Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Droid Bionic and Apple iPhone 5, has LG got anything in the pipeline that might be able to compete? Details of the LG portfolio for the rest of 2011 have been leaked and although some look decent enough there’s not much there to particularly excite.

There are both Android and Windows Phone handsets on offer and we’ll give you a little information on each, sourced from an article on Pocketnow by Evan Blass. The site also claims to have images of these smartphones that they are not at liberty to reproduce but you can see their renders based on those images at the link above.

LG’s flagship handset for the second half of 2011 appears to be the LG Prada K2 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, textured casing, dual-core processor and 4.3-inch NOVA LCD display. It will also have an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facer and 16GB of internal storage and is headed for a ‘holiday’ release.

Moving on to the LG Univa, said to be virtually the Optimus Two. This will have an 800MHz processor, which judging by recent smartphone standards doesn’t sound that great, along with a 3.5-inch HVGA display. This also runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread has DLNA support and this time features a 5-megapixel camera but sounds like nothing to write home about. If you’re interested though it’s due for release in Q4.

The LG Fantasy’s main point of interest at this stage is that it’s a Windows Phone device with the Mango update. Not much is known about this handset so far except that it’s headed for a Q4 release.

The LG Victor is scheduled for this quarter so is one of the first we’ll see of these upcoming devices. This is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1GHz single-core processor, 3.8-inch OLED display with WVGA resolution, 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facer. It’s fair to say that this would have looked like a notable handset at the beginning of the year but with the competition that’s around for the next half of the year it doesn’t look that impressive anymore.

The LG Gelato NFC is next and this as you might expect has NFC (near-field communication) capability and is targeted for the fourth quarter. It features an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch HVGA display and 3-megapixel camera. However we would have to say it does seem rather strange to see the newest NFC technology available on a phone with what appear to be pretty low-end specs.

Not much is known yet about the LG E2 except that it’s targeted for the lower end of the smartphone market and will possibly have a small QVGA display, basic camera around 3-megapixels and less than a 1GHz processor, so again not much to get carried away by.

Finally the LG K and again little is known about this except that it’s intended to have a true 720p HD display with a screen of approximately 4.5-inches with a resolution aiming at the Retina Display of the iPhone 5. So there you have it, the LG lineup for the rest of 2011 although we must point out that none of this information is confirmed and as usual with leaked details, specs and other information may change before release. It does give us some idea though of what’s coming but on looking at these devices we don’t feel there’s an awful lot to really enthuse about here.

However, over on BGR, Todd Haselton also reports on this LG lineup and makes the valid point that maybe LG is still keeping quiet about some higher-end handsets as “there is nothing that really blows us away.” That would make a lot of sense so let’s hope that LG does indeed still have something a bit more exciting on the way.

What are your thoughts on this leaked portfolio of LG smartphones and what kind of handset do you think LG really need to pull out of the bag to compete in the current smartphone market? Let us know with your comments.