Rumor: LG might start making Windows Phone 8 handsets again
The LG Optimus 7 was one of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets… and one of the last LG-made WP handsets. The LG is not one of the four companies that make WP8 phones either, but a new rumor suggests that’s about to change.
Korea Times talked to an LG partner, who says that the Korean company is looking to boost sales by as much as 40% (from 55 million for 2012 to 75 million), with smartphones making up the bulk of it (around 10 million per quarter, 45 million in total).
To do that, LG will be releasing new Optimus handsets, including ones that run Windows Phone 8. The unnamed partner also says that we’ll be seeing a 5.5” FullHD device from LG at the MWC, but didn’t specify if it’s an Android or a WP8 phone.
The Windows Phone 8 handsets are yet to explode on the market, so one has to wonder if this rumor is true. Nokia only managed 4.4 million Lumias in a quarter, so WP8 phones might not quite help LG reach that desired 20 million units growth.