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LG Optimus G2 specs leak ahead of rumoured May launch

LG is already planning out the successor to its Optimus G Android smartphone, with early rumours pointing to an Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie device with a Full HD 1080p display.

Although the details of LG's upcoming smartphone have not yet been discussed by the company, Korean news site MK claims to have received word from the company's subsidiaries of the proposed specifications ahead of the handset's launch next year. Provisionally dubbed the LG Optimus G2, the handset is designed to go toe-to-toe with Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4 device and will be one of the first to market with the 5.0 Key Lime Pie Android update.

Externally, the touch-screen smartphone will include a Full HD 1920x1080 display measuring around 5in for an overall pixel density of 440 pixels per inch - significantly higher than Apple's 'retina' display iPhone or iPad models. Behind the screen will be a quad-core 2GHz ARM-based processor, likely from Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro line, and at least 2GB of memory. Storage will likely be offered in 16GB and 32GB variants, although a 64GB version seems likely to appear later in the year.

An originally leaked launch schedule saw LG planning to release its Optimus G successor in the second half of 2013, but MK's sources claim that the company is now pushing things forward with a plan to launch the device as early as May in order to compete directly with Samsung's Galaxy S4.

Both phones will be fighting against a third device, however: each release of Android brings with it a Google-branded handset designed to showcase the software, manufactured by one of the advertising giant's hardware partners. For the previous release that was the LG-manufactured Nexus 4, and prior to that the Samsung-manufactured Galaxy Nexus. If Google is indeed looking to launch Android 5.0 early next year, it will come with a Google-branded device - and the success of the sell-out Nexus 4 has proven that consumers are increasingly looking to Google, not its partners, for their Android fix.

Thus far, LG has not publicly commented on the accuracy of MK's claims.

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