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LG confirms Optimus G2 for Q3 UK launch

When LG unveiled the Galaxy Note-rivalling Optimus G Pro at MWC earlier this year, UK mobile enthusiasts tipped their collective cap to the South Korean manufacturer and its 5.5in Full HD "phablet," only to then suffer the disappointment of being told the device is unlikely to ever set foot in dear old Blighty.

However, there's better news on the horizon for Brits itching to have a go on an LG mobile, after the company confirmed it would be launching a new flagship handset later in the year.

The follow-up to 2012's Optimus G, presumably dubbed the Optimus G2, is apparently set to launch in Q3 and will land in the UK, according to a leading LG executive. Such a timeframe would seem to hint at an unveiling at or around September's IFA showcase in Berlin.

"The G2 is going to be something different, something unique. It's what we intend to attack the UK market with," said Won Kim, LG head of mobile for Europe.

The popularity of the Google-branded Nexus 4 indicates that LG is more than capable of winning over smartphone snobs, and the firm said it is confident of making a positive impression on the high-end market in 2013.

Moreover, the launch of a new device later in the year seems to make sense, as the less-established handset manufacturer will not have to compete for the limelight against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

"It's not good to launch into a crowded market, but the right time is coming," Won Kim commented.

Specs for the Optimus G2 have yet to be offered up, but LG promised to get involved with the mobile rumour mill when the time was right.

"To some extent we have to tease the features and specifications through channels but it is somewhat premature in terms of talking about the G2 in terms of specifications," Kim added.

If it intends to go toe-to-toe with high-end handsets like the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One, LG would likely equip the Optimus G2 with a Full HD display in the region of 5in, as well as a 13-megapixel camera and quad-core processor.

A Q3 2013 launch would also enable the LG Optimus G2 to ship with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, if early speculation is to be believed.