Rumor: LG’s 5.5 inch 1080p flagship to hit the market as early as next month

by: ŠtefanJanuary 2, 2013

HTC may have been the first company to launch a 1080p smartphone, but devices from other handset vendors are not that far behind. According to a report in the Korean publication ETNews, LG will announce a 5.5 inch 1080p flagship phone at Mobile World Congress next month. We know what you’re thinking, big deal, when is it actually going to land on store shelves? The report suggests that’s going to happen right after the phone is unveiled. We can think of only one other company who announced devices and then ships them just a handful of days later: Apple.

The story also says Pantech will launch a phone using the same LG manufactured 5.5 inch 1080p panel, but knowing how Pantech operates, we’re just going to call it now and say that handset will never launch outside of South Korea.

Now we can’t stress this enough, 1080p screens are going to be the highlight feature of numerous devices due to be announced during the next 60 days. Huawei has the D2, ZTE announced the Z5 during Christmas, Sony’s Xperia Z has already been reviewed in Russia, and HTC is hard at work on a refresh of their current 1080p device that’s said to be called the “M7” internally.

Notice how we didn’t mention Samsung? Most rumors say Samsung will announce the Galaxy S4 in April and that it’ll have a 1080p AMOLED screen. Some people are even suggesting that the phone will come with a stylus! We’re not going to lie to you, we have absolutely zero clue what Samsung is doing behind closed doors, which is a real bummer because that’s the phone we actually want the most here at Android Authority. No offense to all the other handset makers, but there’s a reason Samsung is numero uno.

Which 1080p device are looking forward to the most this year?

  • At the end of the day, it’s still LG. They still have a ways to go before they win me over. Every LG phone I have ever owned has been junk. I am totally satisfied with the Note 2 as it is. I’d say Samsung is definitely king in the Android market.

  • Ex-LG Owner

    I don’t care what LG releases because I’ll wait for Samsung in a few months. Life cycle of new models is about 3 months now so there is no hurry to get the first thing that gets announced. In my experience, LG has been a terrible experience: Decent HW but horrible and buggy SW, no OS upgrades, poor battery life, heavy UI, too many useless apps preloaded that can’t be removed (I’m not just talking about the carrier’s apps!), no customer support, and blatant lack of concern and understanding of consumers. You can discover these yourself when you get an LG phone. Who can forget the splashy announcements LG made with their 3D and dual-core phones at CES? All those phones turned out to be junks. Next time, I will go with consistent and proven quality over flash announcements.

    • Ignorant People Amaze Me

      Hey Ex-LG Owner. You’re a little out of the loop when it comes to LG. The LG Optimus G kills any mobile phone on the market right now! Look it up and before you speak do your research. Have you even done your research or just based it off of POS that you bought a few years ago?

      As far as customer support? Seriously dude? I bet you looked up all your terminology on Google (UI, SW, OS) If you know what those acronyms are you don’t need customer support buddy. You’d already know how to watch Video Tutorials or read the KB articles on their web site. It’s not rocket science. LG may not be name brand in the Cell Phone Industry YET, but they are a hell of a good company for alot of other things like Refrigerators. JUST LIKE SAMSUNG is!

  • who cares, it’s still LG with their yellow screens and crap designs

  • Evan Wickes

    1080p Nexus!!