LG aiming to sell 45 million smartphones in 2013

LG appears to be turning its mobile phone business around. Having sold an estimated 56 million mobile phones in 2012 (41 million in the first nine months and an estimated 15 million more in the last quarter), it now hopes to sell 75 million in 2013. The majority, 45 million, will be smartphones which are more profitable.

Little is known about LG’s smartphone roadmap for 2013. According to an executive “from one of LG’s local partners,” LG plans to release “quite a number of new Optimus devices” this year. Among these could be the LG GK with a 5.5-inch FHD display and a quad-core processor which might be unveiled at MWC 2013. The LG Optimus G2 now appears set to follow as the flagship device for the fall, perhaps as one of the first devices to run the next major version of Android.

The same executive also reveals that LG is planning to jump onto the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon. Devices are in development and more than one could be launched this year.

As a comparison point, Samsung, the world’s largest mobile phone and smartphone manufacturer, is aiming to ship 510 million handsets, including 390 million smartphones, in 2013.

Can LG turn it around in 2013 and shed its reputation for lower quality?

Read more: The Korea Times (Source: UnwiredView)