The race for phones with Qualcomm’s best mobile chip is on and it appears that LG will cross the finish line on Aug. 7. LG is teasing an event for that day, where it will likely introduce the G2, an Android smartphone that uses Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 chip. Current flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One are powered by a Snapdragon 600.
So what might a step up in the silicon department offer to customers of the G2? We already have a glimpse thanks the recently announced Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.4-inch phone (or is it a tablet?) that will also use the Snapdragon 800.
That phone, thanks to the chip inside, will support encoding and decoding of 4K video, for example. That means if the camera sensor is capable, the G2 should be able to take video at four times the resolution of standard 1080p: up to 4,000 x 2,000 pixels. Still images up to 55 megapixels are also supported by the Snapdragon 800, although it’s unlikely the G2 would have a sensor above 20 megapixels.
While LG hasn’t outed any specifics of the G2, aside from the choice of chip inside, the handset will surely be marketed as one of the most powerful and capable devices available. I can’t see LG going with anything but a 1080p display; my guess would be at least 5 inches in size. At least 2 GB of memory should be included, perhaps even three. And if I had to guess on the camera sensor, I’d say 18 megapixels combined with some advanced optics.
More important to some than the capabilities of the G2, or any other handset using the Snapdragon 800 for that matter, could be the impact on battery life.
This chip has the fastest potential clock cycle speeds of any other Snapdragon, which could contribute the battery running down quicker. That’s partially why I suspect a phone of at least 5 inches in size: The bigger the phone, the bigger the battery it can hold. We’ll see in about four weeks.