Rumours of a new Windows Phone coming from someone other than Microsoft have been rife over the past few months, and it finally seems that they’re coming to fruition.
After a leaked memo made its way online, it appears that LG could be offering up a Windows Phone handset before the end of May, although it won’t be the flagship device we’re all hoping for.
LG is known for its work on the flagship sector, with handsets like the LG G Flex 2 and LG G4 garnering plenty of attention, however its Windows Phone release won’t quite match their enthusiasm.
Instead, we can expect a mid/low-end model that focuses on bringing the quickly developing operating system to the masses – without a Microsoft moniker emblazoned on its back side.
The yet to be named handset will feature a rumoured 4.5” 480x854 display, whilst a Snapdragon 410 chipset also proves the LG handet’s low-end performance.
A quad-core 1.2GHz processor is a nice addition; with 1GB RAM also playing its part in making the handset perform to a suitable standard.
8GB of storage can be expanded upon by using a MicroSD card, so you shouldn’t be struggling to find room for all of your media if you do invest, whilst a 2100mAh battery also ensures a full day’s use without the need for a refill.
Finally, camera fans should be kept happy with an 8 megapixel rear effort, whilst a slightly disappointing VGA front facer does the job, but isn’t astounding by any stretch of the imagination.
LG’s latest effort will almost certainly be running the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system; however it could be updating to Windows 10 when it finally rolls around later on this year.
This new system could also usher in the age of new Windows smartphones, possibly made by manufacturers other than Microsoft.
At the moment, the majority of Windows powered phones are made by Microsoft or Nokia (before the company was taken over), but Windows 10 might change that.
Rumours of some bigger name companies like Samsung and Sony are being mentioned with Windows 10 in mind, and HTC has already released several Windows based devices in the past.
Microsoft itself is expected to launch two new phones with the new system, so don’t get surprised if numerous phones start popping up out of nowhere running the new system later on in the year.
The current release date being mentioned for the LG Windows handset is May 21st, however that’s only being assumed for the US market, meaning it could be a bit longer until it reaches the UK, if at all.
Pricing details are yet to be announced, but don’t expect it to break the bank considering its spec sheet.
Written by Luke Hatfield