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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG Optimus G2, HTC Butterfly 2 to arrive in Q3 2013

Major manufacturers plan to counter Apple's next iPhone with new flagship smartphone releases, according to a recent report. Read the rest of the article to find out what manufacturers have in store.
May 9, 2013
Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs Droid DNA / Butterfly (right)

New flagship smartphones are said to come from the major brands in this year’s third quarter, in an effort to counter Apple’s next iPhone, rumored to launch during this year’s second half, according to a recent report.

DigiTimes – which isn’t always reliable when it comes to such rumors, so we’ll take what it says with a grain of salt – quoting industry sources, names Samsung, HTC and LG as manufacturers that are planning new flagship smartphones for the third quarter of this year. All of the claims in the report seem to confirm previous rumors, so it wouldn’t be too strange for us to see them materialized soon enough. But let’s take them one at a time, shall we?.

Who’s planning what?

Samsung is said to be preparing the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with the sources of the report mentioning specs close to the already rumored ones for it – 5.99-inch AMOLED Full HD display, Exynos 5 octa-core CPU (a quad-core variant was also mentioned in the previous rumors).

Next in the line of manufacturers said to be prepping new flagships is HTC, with the report mentioning the Butterfly 2. The device (which has been allegedly noticed in an OTA test a little while ago), is said to have a large-size Full HD display (no mention of the actual size), as well as some features already included in the HTC One, like BlinkFeed. Other HTC One features included are said to be the UltraPixel camera, as well BoomSound speakers.

Finally, LG is expected to launch its new flagship smartphone, the Optimus G2, which has been rumored quite a bit lately, be it in benchmarks and Bluetooth SIG or in leaked images (of course, nothing’s officially confirmed yet). Well, the report says that the Optimus G2 will have a 5-inch Full HD display, as well as a Snapdragon 800 CPU. It remains to be seen whether we’ll find out more about it at LG’s Macau event on May 30 or later this year.

Even if nothing is actually official at the moment, this can only mean that we have an interesting rest of the year ahead of us.

Which one of these flagship smartphones looks the most interesting to you (provided they confirm)? Let us know in a comment.