LG is taking the wraps off its new flagship the G3 on 27 May -- but with theand already in shops, one analyst says LG is "late to the party."
Invitations have been sent out to press inviting members of the fourth estate to simultaneous launch events in London, New York and San Francisco on 27 May. The following day there'll be similar events in Istanbul, Seoul and Singapore. The launches, a month from now, will introduce us to the follow-up to thewith a tagline quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson: "To be simple is to be great."
But is life good for the G3? "LG's product portfolio has improved immeasurably in the last 18 months across all price points," says industry analyst Ben Wood of CCS Insight, "but this has not translated into a meaningful improvement in sales to date. LG will be hoping that the G3 has more impact than its predecessor but that remains a tall order."
"Samsung and Sony continue to dramatically outspend LG in marketing. Furthermore, both companies have already launched their 2014 flagship products so LG is arguably "late to the party".
"A further challenge will be the," adds Wood, "particularly in the market for low-tier Android devices where LG has strong products but is under constant price and margin pressure."
LG did, but that's driven by other parts of the business, including TVs and home appliances. The mobile division is making a loss as sales dipped in the last three months from shipments that at times hit record numbers last year.
It's a mobile world these days, but that doesn't mean mobile is the key to success. Samsung may makeand Apple is , but in the trenches LG isn't the only mobile manufacturer fighting to stay in the game. Take Panasonic -- another company that, like LG, makes lots of different products -- which in order to climb back into the black.
Still, 75 percent of LG's mobile sales are smartphones, which earn the company higher margins, and it also sold a record number of 4G LTE phones. Reporting the results this week, LG quietly confirmed the name of the G3 with the optimistic suggestion that "Higher revenues are expected in the second quarter with the release of the flagship LG G3 smartphone."
Rumours suggest theatop a . Inside is rumoured to be a whopping 3GB of RAM. We'll be at the launch, so keep it CNET for all the first pictures, videos and hands-on first impressions.
As well as the G3, LG has thesmartwatch in the pipeline, which may make a surprise appearance at the launch next month -- it's .