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LG is readying its first Windows Phone 8 handsets for launch

Optimus phones could be revealed at MWC
Wed Jan 16 2013, 10:08

KOREAN PHONE MAKER LG reportedly is planning to launch its first Windows Phone 8 devices, part of the company's master plan to sell 75 million handsets this year.

That's according to the Korea Times, which caught an LG executive talking about the firm's plans to launch multiple devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software. The daily newspaper adds that this is part of the firm's expectation to shift 75 million handsets this year, up 20 million on last year's numbers.

A senior executive at LG was quoted as saying, "We will release quite a number of new Optimus devices this year and LG also has some new smartphones in the works that will run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8."

The unnamed executive didn't say when the Windows Phone devices will be launched, but all signs are pointing towards MWC. We'll be at the Barcelona technology conference next month.

That's not all LG has got up its sleeve either, as the Korean newspaper claims the flailing smartphone maker will also launch a handset competing with the 5.5in Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at some point this year. There's talk that this will be the next generation Nexus device, and speculation that this phone will also feature a 2GHz processor, HD 1080p screen resolution and Google's yet to be announced Android 5.0 operating system.

We've contacted LG for comment on the rumours, but it had not responded by the time of publication. µ


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