New leak shows LG Uni8 device in press photos

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LG has been out the Windows Phone game for a few years now, sticking to Android for mobile. New rumors say LG is preparing to step back into the fray on Windows Phone 8.1, with a new smartphone.

The device, leaked by @evleaks, shows a rather generic looking Windows Phone, the only noticeable reference to LG being the logo at the bottom. It looks like the LG Uni8, as it is being called, will not feature the same design from Android.

There will be no physical buttons on the LG Uni8, instead the classic three Windows Phone software keys will be available. The top and bottom bezels appear a little too trim, like they are missing a centimetre on each edge.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings a lot of new features to the table, including Cortana the virtual assistant, changes to the home screen and cover photo, Swype keyboard and Action Center for all sorts of notifications.

It does seem like Microsoft is pushing manufacturers to work with them on mobile, considering we have heard Samsung, HTC and now LG will all be making Windows Phone 8.1 devices in 2014.

This is even more apparent considering both Samsung and HTC pulled out of Windows Phone after slumping sales and no growth in the market, while Android continued to grow in developing regions and high-end areas.

We have no ideas about the specs for the LG Uni8, it doesn’t look like a high-end device, more of a mid-range smartphone competing with Huawei and Nokia. This would mean Samsung and HTC get free reign of the high-end, if they can deter Nokia fans away from the Lumia 1020 and 1520.

No date has been revealed either, but we can expect this to come out sometime before the end of 2014, perhaps when Windows Phone 8.1 is announced in June.

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