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(Pocket-lint) - LG's next flagship will be a golden-hued smartphone, it's claimed.

All the best smartphones at the moment - including the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S5, and HTC One - are available in some short of gold shade. And it appears LG also wants to embrace this flashy trend with its upcoming LG G3. According to The Verge, which obtained a gold retail box for the LG G3, LG plans to launch its next flagship in a "golden hue" colour.

Keep in mind that LG released the LG G2 in a gold variant. That said, LG wouldn't confirm the LG G3's gold colour option to The Verge, but it reportedly admitted the phone would have a display resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Other sources then told the website that the LG G3 would resemble the LG isai FL that recently surfaced. Also called LGL22, it's a forthcoming thin-bezzled handset headed for Japan.

Other details previously rumoured for the LG G3 include a 5.5-inch QHD display, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot (up to 64GB), Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and a 13-megapixel camera. The only thing that reports aren't entirely sure of is the chip inside. Speculation has floated from the 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor to the more advanced 801 processor.

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As for the phone's release date, May keeps getting tossed into the mix. We've seen 17 May pop up, for instance. The Verge also noted the date on the LGL24's screen: 1 May. It could be a coincidence, or it could hint at an event date. Either way, an announcement is coming.

Writing by Elyse Betters. Originally published on 16 April 2014.