LG is gearing up to re-enter the Windows Phone market, which they unofficially quit a few years back, with a new device dubbed LG Uni8. As per the leaked image, the Uni8 is seen to be running the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
This is the first time we are hearing about LG re-entering the Windows Phone market, so let’s take this news with a pinch of salt. The other Korean giant silently quit back in 2010 after their Optimus series of phones failed to get much traction running the Windows Phone 7. There were talks about OEMs like LG and Samsung being miffed at Microsoft’s close proximity with Nokia, prompting them to stay away from launching new devices on the platform. Of late, Microsoft has managed to rope in several new OEMs to try out the emerging platform, and even quashed the licensing fee for the OS.
It looks like LG is using on-screen buttons instead of capacitive buttons on Uni8. There are no physical buttons or ports present on the right side, which is slightly strange. Does this mean that LG Uni8 might have power key and volume buttons on the back like on G2 and G Flex? We might need to wait for that.
LG is expected to have an event on May 27th in six cities around the world, where they will be announcing the next flagship Android phone, the LG G3 and the wearable, LG G watch. We aren’t sure if they will be announcing this new Windows Phone 8.1 device on the same day, but the rumors suggest a second half launch.