Although the LG V20 will not be coming to Europe, a variation of the Android smartphone could still be released throughout the continent. It has emerged that the South Korean company has trademarked the name LG V20 S in Germany – an act which raises questions about a potential product launch.
LG has never been especially keen on launching its high-end V-series devices in Europe. The continent was initially expected to miss out on last year’s LG V10, and although the handset was eventually released in Europe, availability was not widespread.
With the LG V20, LG has chosen to skip a European launch altogether. But the LG V20 S trademark at least offers some hope for those in Europe who are eager to get their hands on the device.
One of the reasons for not releasing the LG V20 in Europe is that it is not a part of the world where large-screen smartphones are especially popular.
For those wanting a premium smartphone, realistically the best case scenario is that the LG V20 S turns out to be a compact version of the handset, which retains the LG V20’s high-end specs.
However, previous LG special editions, such as the LG G5 SE, LG G4s and LG G3 S, have only offered mid-range hardware.
There may be some European consumers actually hoping that LG cuts back on the specs, given that in the United States, at $799 (approximately €730/£645, but excludes sales taxes) SIM free, the LG V20 is one of the more expensive Android smartphones launched in 2016.
Also, it is worth noting that manufacturers frequently register trademarks for products that have not been finalised, which – ultimately – never end up being released.