LG, HTC, and Samsung are planning fall phone releases to compete with iPhone 5S

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You’d have to be living under a digital rock if you were unaware that Apple is making at least one new iPhone, possibly two. The iPhone 5S is rumored to be on its way, as well as a more affordable version of the iPhone, sometime this fall.

Well, it’s not just tech enthusiasts that are paying attention, or so it seems; mobile manufacturers know what Apple is – or may be – up to, and they are not prepared to just sit by idly as the Cupertino company innovates. As DigiTimes pointed out, there are a number of other manufacturers that are ready to release their latest and greatest innovations in Q3.

Samsung, another mobile creator that is no stranger to making headlines, is expected to be releasing the Galaxy Note 3. The 6-inch Super AMOLED-display device should run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and be powered by an Exynos 5410 Octa processor. It will likely have a 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, with the option to expand with a microSD card.

Additionally, HTC is planning on releasing its Butterfly 2 mobile device, an updated version of the original. While we’re not sure of the screen size, we hear it will be a Full HD display; we’re also told it will feature BlinkFeed, rock a pair of BoomSound speakers, and snap photos via an Ultrapixel back-facing camera.

A third promising Q3 phone we’ll see is from LG. In the wake of the launch of its Optimus G Pro, we believe we’ll see a brand new flagship, the Optimus G2. LG’s Won Kim did confirm that a device would be released in Q3, but spared us all the details. From what we’ve heard, it will likely sport a 5-inch Full HD screen and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

It’s refreshing to see some real, consistent competition between all of the manufacturers, and we can only hope it continues to make these companies continue to churn out better devices.

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