CES 2013 is next week, and as such, the rumors are starting to pour in. The first major rumor of the new year is that LG has some impressive hardware on the horizon. The company is riding high on the success of the Nexus 4, and whatever new device it announces next could see similar success.
A report out of GSMArena says that LG has two new smartphones in the works for this year that it will be showing off at CES 2013. The first has a 4.7 inch display with a bezel of only 1mm thick. The other, more exciting, device is taking on Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 with a 5.5 inch display full 1080p display.
LG will also reportedly take on the tablet market with its own 7 inch device. The device will feature a 1920x1200 resolution with a 324 ppi pixel density. That puts it ahead of the Nexus 7, but its fate will be decided by its price. LG may have a hit on its hand if it can price the tablet competitively.
Price is going to be a big deal at CES for everybody, including LG. 2012 proved to be a great year for smartphones and tablets, but only because the price came down for a number of flagship devices thanks to carrier or distributor subsidies. Google devices, like the Nexus 4, 7 and 10, did incredibly well thanks to these subsidies that kept the price down. LG may have to shoulder a bit of the cost for its own products, especially the tablet, it it hopes to compete with the likes of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. Either way, CES 2013 is already promising to be pretty interesting despite talk that the annual trade show is quickly becoming irrelevant.