Leaked image reveals LG's first Windows Phone 8.1 device, the Uni8 [Update: LG says no]

Back in February, Microsoft announced that it had signed up nine new hardware partners to the Windows Phone platform. Among them were various ODMs that design and build handsets for other brands, but there were a few big names on the list too, including Lenovo, XOLO, ZTE and LG. 

Like ZTE, LG isn't actually 'new' to Windows Phone, having previously offered WP7.x devices. But both manufacturers abandoned the platform when Microsoft hit the 'reboot' button with Windows Phone 8

However, despite Microsoft revealing that LG was once again becoming a Windows Phone partner, the manufacturer itself appeared to have other ideas. Hours after Microsoft's announcement, an LG spokesperson said that the company had no immediate plans to launch any WP devices. 

It now seems that LG was simply playing its cards close to its chest, as perennial leaker @evleaks was sent an image showing a new Windows Phone 8.1 handset from the company. 

The device, which is said to be called the LG Uni8, appears to have no hardware camera button, like the recently launched Lumia 630, and also eschews hardware buttons on the front in favour of 'soft keys' shown on screen. The exact screen size remains a mystery, but the render shows that the handset has some pretty thin bezels, with the display extending closer to the edges than on many smartphones. 

Nothing more is yet known about the Uni8, including when it might go on sale. In early 2013, LG hinted that it might be prepared to launch a new Windows Phone "when there's a significant market for it". While Windows Phone has grown to double-digit market share in some parts of the world, the platform's global share of the smartphone market remains at around 3 percent. 

Source: @evleaks

Update: The folks over at Engadget got a reply back from LG regarding the image. In Engadget's words, the company says "that this isn't a phone that we're going to see released this year", although that doesn't directly imply that the image is inaccurate, nor does it appear to rule out the possibility of it launching next year. 

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I agree. I bought one of these for a relative and they [Optimus 7] couldn't hold a candle to the Omnia 7 at all. With the Galaxy range not holding a candle to the Omnia 7 in terms of build quality either, it looks like Lumia all the way to me.

JHBrown said,
And there goes that infamous screen with about a thousand tiles fighting for breathing room.

People need to get over this already, you can have the tiles any way you want, people kept making the same tired argument with the iPhone, and some still do, with it's grid of icons. You can even fill up any of the Android UIs and pack in icons and widgets as well in a image, who cares? As long as you can customize it and add less or more as you want then this is a non-issue to say the least.

Ideas Man said,
Yeah, I'll take the tiles over the lame iPhone screen, now that's a confusing mess.

Some people will complain all the time mate. If this "issue" is "fixed" it'll be something else.

Someone should make a flow chart of predicted responses, based on current smartfone ownership. Then Neowin could makes us some easy-to-use templates to take the donkey-work out of trolling - forex;

- When are Apple going to realize bigger is better?
- No DatzMeInDaBathroomMirrorLOLZ app, still?
- Not Nokia!!!

I don't see why it is so hard to port flagship devices over to WP. Galaxy S III,IV,V, HTC One, HTC ONE M8, LG G2, etc. So frustrating not having premium hardware.

FloatingFatMan said,
In an ideal world, you could first choose your hardware then pick your OS when buying a new phone...

That won't happen, I am just asking there to WP version of their flagships. It really isn't that hard. Or is it? Carrier complaints maybe?

ians18 said,

That won't happen, I am just asking there to WP version of their flagships. It really isn't that hard. Or is it? Carrier complaints maybe?

Prior to WP8.1 yes it was hard.
MS only supported Qualcomm processors.
with WP8.1 they are supporting more chipsets so something like this CAN happen.

My Lumia 1020 feels more natural to use since the 8.1 dev preview, with the action centre etc, and tile imagery.

I've had zero success converting others to WP though.. too many Android and iPhone elitists in my company.

After trying to abandon their customers in the past when it came to upgrading 7.0 handsets to 7.5, they can go jump off a cliff.

George P said,

More OEMs joining MS and making WP devices doesn't count as proof to you?

Funny considering tons here saying how much Chromebooks are a fail and are crap....even tho a lot of OEMs are making them and more rumored on the way.

JonnyLH said,

I can't tell if your serious or trolling, it's obvious.

I don't know what is obvious. If it was obvious to me, I wouldn't have replied with what I did.

I'm not sure if the OP is being deceitful or sincere.

techbeck said,

Funny considering tons here saying how much Chromebooks are a fail and are crap....even tho a lot of OEMs are making them and more rumored on the way.

Chromebooks lack of market share outside of the school market speaks for their "fail". If you want to compare the two then WP is doing better.

George P said,
Chromebooks lack of market share outside of the school market speaks for their "fail". If you want to compare the two then WP is doing better.

Not my point. The number of OEMs dont mean jack to indicate how well a platform is doing.

techbeck said,

Not my point. The number of OEMs dont mean jack to indicate how well a platform is doing.

Which is why I brought up market share, for all intents and purposes WP share growth, though slow in some markets, is why more OEMs are joining now, plus how they made the cost to get a WP device out basically dirt cheap.