LG had released more details with its turnaround plan for its smartphone business as it intends to ship 75 million devices this year, with some of them being Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Of the 75 million devices, 45 million will be smartphones.
The company is also planning multiple Windows Phone 8 handsets, according to Unwired View, and will continue to build Android smartphones as well. After a hiatus after the launch of several Windows Phone 7 models, LG had been noticeably absent as a Windows Phone 8 launch partner, but it appears that this will change soon as the company is planning several Windows Phone 8 models to launch sometime this year.
It’s been a while since LG released a Windows Phone model. The company did release a Quantum smartphone on AT&T’s U.S. network with Windows Phone 7 and an LG Optimus 7 smartphone internationally. In the Windows Phone space, LG will have to compete against Nokia and HTC. It’s unclear what price points LG will cover, and if the company will release a high-end or mid-range model.
The attention towards Windows Phone 8 is rather unsurprising. Quite a few manufacturers have been concerned about Google’s dominance in the mobile space. Larger rival Samsung is diversifying its portfolio with a few Windows Phone 8 models and some new Tizen smartphones that are coming later this year. HTC is also looking towards Windows Phone 8 for growth.
Though LG hasn’t been in the limelight as much as Samsung, the company has been improving its image with recent smartphone launches, like the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G flagship.
For 2013, LG is rumored to launch a GK model in the early part of the year and an Optimus G2 smartphone later in the year, with both models speculated to have 1080p full HD resolution displays.