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LG Optimus G2 tipped to launch in autumn with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

Think that LG is set to make the Optimus G2 its next flagship handset at MWC 2013 next month? Fine, but we wouldn't recommend hedging too many beans on it.

Apparently, the Google Nexus 4 manufacturer won't introduce the handset in question until the autumn now, putting a big question mark over its plans for Barcelona.

When it does arrive, the G2 is rumoured to come sporting a 5in, 1080p display and a 13-megapixel primary camera. A revised Q3 2013 release timetable potentially hints that it may be one of the first mobiles to feature Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as well.

In place of the G2, LG is now being tipped to announce a challenger to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - a device codenamed the 'GK.'

According to CNET, the GK should be much more than a stopgap product, with the upcoming smartphone-cum-tablet lined up to sport a 5.5in HD display and feature a quad-core chipset. Given the speculative timing, it's presumed it will run Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean.

LG's strategy appears to be tailored to disrupt the market dominance of regional rival Samsung. The launch of the Optimus GK in February would significantly preempt the unveiling of both the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 - the former is widely expected to arrive in May 2013.