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Rumor: LG plans full HD phone for Q1 2013, Optimus G2 will come in fall

LG plans to release a full HD smartphone codenamed GK in Q1 of 2013 to beat the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5S to market.
January 14, 2013

If you thought that LG’s next flagship smartphone release would be the Optimus G2, think again.

It looks like LG will hit the market with a new high-end smartphone in the first quarter of 2013. The phone, codenamed GK, will feature a 5.5-inch full HD screen and a quad-core processor. Judging by these specs, the device is one to keep an eye on leading up to its launch. It’s very likely that we’ll see this GK phone at the upcoming fair Mobile World Congress in late February.

LG’s display making unit has taken to CES 2013 to show off its 5.5-inch full HD display, which is likely to equip the next flagship device from the Koreans.

Word from South Korean news agency Yonhap News is that LG’s goal with the device’s first quarter release is to carve out a bigger share of the market by releasing before the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5S. That seems to be the same strategy that HTC has adopted for the launch of its flagship M7. Both LG and HTC are aware that Samsung will steal the show with the Galaxy S4, leaving their hard-worked creations to gather dust. The only solution for the two smaller Android manufacturers is to make a meaningful impact before the S4 lands.

The recent rumors about an upcoming Optimus G2 seemed to be debunked by this report. The successor to the G2 was supposed to come at CES, which obviously did not happen. According to Yonhap, LG is now gunning for an autumn release window.

Sounds like a sound strategy if the GK turns out to be a great device. What do you guys think? Does LG have a shot at cutting out a bigger piece of the smartphone pie?