LG knows a thing or two about making mobile devices. The G3, G3 Stylus and the G Flex pack some serious hardware, and then there’s the ultra-stylish G Watch R, a Android Wear wearable that makes the Moto 360 look plain and the Apple Watch look downright ugly. Let’s also not forget about the Knock Code, a unique, easy to use and relatively secure way to keep your device secure, it’s also damn cool. Speaking of cool, there are not many smartphones in the market right now that uses lasers to for auto focusing — the LG G3 is one of those rarities. So why is it then we’re not seeing more and more LG devices coming to Malaysia?
From what we can tell it all comes down to focus and resources. The smartphone market in Malaysia is already crowded as it is and LG also have to look after its consumer goods business. At the moment, LG sees its consumer goods market being more important and the brand is focused to defend its position in that market. Mobile is a nice thing to have for LG but right now, it doesn’t have enough resources to fight with the big brands like Sony and Samsung on both fronts (mobile and consumer goods).
So where does this put yet to be available in Malaysia LG devices, like the G Flex 2 and upcoming G4? We checked with a representative of LG Malaysia, and the response was straightforward and un-optimistic — “at the moment there are no visibility of the incoming [LG] phones to Malaysia. The only available phones now are the LG G3 and G3 Stylus”.
It’s great that LG has made the G3 and G3 Stylus available in Malaysia but if those devices are not moving off store shelves then LG will have to re-look its position in the local mobile device space. For now, it looks like LG is unsure if it wants to continue pushing mobile devices in Malaysia.
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