It looks like LG’s already packed smartphone portfolio is about to get broader, encompassing a gigantic but mid-range take on the G3 in addition to the actual G3, its jumbo-sized, high-end G Pro 2 variant and shrunken G3 Beat, aka G3 s flavor.
Riding a wave of very positive G3 reviews and progressively booming sales numbers, LG is planning to cover every little inch of the vast mobile décor, gearing up for the launch of a Samsung Galaxy Mega competitor.
Like the Mega, the G Vista (no, we don’t understand the moniker either) is a fairly rare bird, offering phablet footprint at a sensible price point. Well, maybe not as sensible as one would expect, with Verizon tipped to charge $99.99 on-contract starting July 31, and $499 free of contractual obligations.
That’s actually dangerously close to G3’s current pricing structure on retailers such as Amazon, although obviously the 5.5 incher was way more expensive when it debuted. Bottom line, I wouldn’t fret, as LG and Big Red will probably lower the ask to $50 with pacts and $450, maybe $400 off-contract in no time.
And then it’ll all be worth it. With virtually the same winning design language as the G3, rear physical buttons and slim bezels included, the G Vista goes modest in the processing power and RAM departments (quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400/1.5 GB), yet knocks it off the park battery life-wise, thanks to a massive 3,200 mAh juicer.
The rear-facing camera is itself no pushover, carrying G3’s laser auto focus and a middling 8 megapixel sensor, while the 5.7-inch display is satisfactory, boasting 1,280 x 720 pixels, aka HD resolution. And yes, the 8 GB of on-board storage space sounds woeful, but microSD support is around to save the day, and the pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat wraps everything with a nice, smooth, chocolaty bow.
The LG G Vista is, according to multiple insiders, expected on both Verizon and AT&T soon, albeit the latter might need to wait a few extra weeks and settle for a humbler, cheaper 5.7 incher with qHD panel and 1 GB RAM.