LG working on a Windows Phone 8 device?
LG’s smartphone efforts have been exclusively related to Android in the last few years. But it looks like the company is finally getting ready to embrace Windows Phone 8.
According to Light Reading India, Soon H. Kwon (LG India’s Managing Director) declared: “At home (South Korea), we are actually working on our Windows Phone 8 OS powered smartphone.” Unfortunately, no further details were given, so we don’t know if the company’s first WP8 handset will be released this year. Meanwhile, LG is busy anyway – for example with the development of the new G2 Android flagship smartphone that should be announced next month.
LG hasn’t released a new Microsoft-powered smartphone since 2010, when it introduced the Optimus 7 (pictured below) and Optimus Q7, both running Windows Phone 7.
Yesterday, Nokia (which is clearly the top WP8 seller) has announced its latest Windows Phone 8 flagship handset – the Lumia 1020. This comes with a 41MP PureView camera, and it’s going to be hard for LG to offer something more exciting. Still, the Lumia 1020 will be expensive on contract ($299 at AT&T), so maybe LG will decide to introduce more affordable Windows Phone devices. We’ll see.