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LG confirms plans to launch another flagship smartphone this year

by Killian Bell | May 20, 2015May 20, 2015 5:01 am PDT

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LG’s brand new G4 may have only just gone on sale this week, and its curvy G Flex 2 may be just four months old, but the South Korean company is already promising another flagship smartphone for 2015.

Speaking at an event in Taipei, LG said its second high-end handset will launch during the second half of this year in an effort to boost sales in a number of markets around the world. In Taiwan, LG is hoping that sales will jump 30 percent once both devices have gone on sale.

As of April, LG had sold around 220,000 of its previous-generation devices in Taiwan, but it estimates that the G4 by itself will account for around 300,000 sales over the next 12 months. LG hopes to sell 10 million G4 handsets globally by the end of 2015.

We don’t know much about its next flagship just yet, but we don’t expect it to be a G4 successor. Back in March, LG CEO Juno Cho said the device would “stand above the G series.” Some reports have suggested it could be a high-end Galaxy Note competitor with a larger display.

The news could be disappointing to LG fans who have already adopted the G4 — and those who plan to in the coming months — who now know that their device will be somewhat outdated before it reaches its first birthday. But I can’t help but get excited at the thought of a flagship phablet from LG.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...