The LG G2 was one of our favorite Android smartphones of 2013, and even if the flagship handset didn’t make much of a dent in the market it still proved the South Korean company can make a great device and isn’t afraid to take some risks with its design. Now, just five months after the G2 was unveiled, we’re hearing rumors surrounding a follow-up G3 that is expected to launch early next year and may sport some serious power under the hood.
According to a new report from The Korea Herald citing unnamed industry sources, LG will take some inspiration from Apple for the G3, introducing fingerprint reading technology to its next-gen flagship. Unlike the iPhone 5s finger placement system, however, the G3 will allegedly feature a swipe-based sensor similar to the one found on the HTC One Max. The Korean newspaper quotes another source who says Apple is planning to introduce Touch ID to more of its product lines in 2014, while Samsung is rumored to be experimenting with eye-scanning for the Galaxy S5.
The LG G3 will also reportedly come equipped with a 1440 x 2560-pixel 5.5-inch QHD display, a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and will run Android 4.4 KitKat, according to reports from both The Korea Herald and ZDNet Korea. Both sites claim LG will unveil its new flagship at Mobile World Congress this February in Barcelona, though the device may not actually hit stores until the second half of 2014.