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April launch set for LG’s G Pro 2

Staff writer, with CNA

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc plans to bring its new flagship smartphone, the G Pro 2, to Taiwan in April, targeting double-digit percentage revenue growth in the country this year, according to a source with knowledge of the project.

However, the smartphone’s price and other details of LG’s partnership with local service providers remain in discussion, said the source, who asked not to be identified because the project has not been released.

LG is aiming for a 5 percent share of Taiwan’s smartphone market and hopes the launch of the new handset will help boost its local revenues by 40 percent this year, the source said.

Unveiled on Feb. 13 in South Korea as a followup to the award-winning G Pro, the G Pro 2 comes with a 5.9 inch full-HD IPS display with a 3.3mm bezel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz quad-core processor and a 13-megapixel camera.

The phone-tablet hybrid’s newest feature, called "Knock Code," allows owners to power on and unlock their G Pro 2 smartphones in one step by tapping their screens, LG said in a press release.

The G Pro 2 debuts at this week’s Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, the company said.

Kim Byung-hyung, president and chief executive of LG’s Taiwan branch, told a press conference on Wednesday last week that his company hopes to become one of Taiwan’s top three smartphone vendors by 2015 after gaining more brand awareness among consumers this year, according to Taiwanese news site ETtoday.

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