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LG Will Launch 5.5-inch 1080p Optimus GK at the MWC, Will Skip the Optimus G2

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LG’s premier 2012 flagship, the Optimus G, managed to get plenty of attention for being the world’s first smartphone to pack the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core CPU and featuring a brilliant design coupled with great Android experience. However, its recognition was marred by the announcement of its Nexus sibling some weeks later which meant that all the focus shifted to the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G hardly had any takers. We guess the supply issues of the LG Nexus 4 helped the sales of the Optimus G somewhat. And today as we’re just getting out of the CES groove, people are looking forward to the upcoming MWC 2013 event in Barcelona next month. So naturally, we along with several others have begun speculating as to what LG could be looking to launch during the course of the event. Many believed that the Korean manufacturer would reveal the Optimus G’s successors also known as the Optimus G2 at the event. There was enough reason to believe in that as the Optimus G still hasn’t seen global launch which means that the smartphone has little to no exposure worldwide. But it now seems like those will only remain rumors, as reports are indicating that LG will not launch the Optimus G2 or a successor to the Optimus G in any form during next month’s event. This alleged successor apparently will launched during the fall, which is when the original Optimus G was launched last year so as to accommodate for the holiday season sales.

So what exactly will LG show off at the MWC? Well, it is believed that the Koreans will show off the 5.5-inch 1080p droid dubbed the Optimus GK during the event, which will be the company’s third phablet in the category after the Optimus Vu and Vu II. This smartphone will also apparently pack a quad core SoC and the whole shebang we see in LG flagships. It is highly possible that LG would look to launch this new flagship slightly before the MWC event officially begins, so we’ll keep our eyes open. This basically means that while the rest of the competition come with a 5-inch 1080p smartphone, LG will shy away from the market segment altogether. From the last two years, we have seen LG launch devices very similar to the competition which usually meant that the people were spoilt for choice. There was no stand out LG smartphone, like the Optimus G maybe, which set its own niche in the market. This is something the company would want to change this year and with good reason. Cnet states that LG could be holding up on the launch of the Optimus G2 so as to get the latest version of Android running on board, which could be possible too.

Now all the focus shifts towards HTC which will obviously have something to show during the MWC 2013 event, probably with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC which was recently announced. We would have expected LG to take the same road, but it seems like a more viable option to go with something like a trend setter as the Galaxy Note was, so it will be interesting to see the company’s future course of action.

Source: Cnet
Via: Phone Arena