Sorry, Samsung: You aren’t the only company releasing a gimmicky curved smartphone. The Verge has got its hands on some pictures first snapped by Argentinian broadcaster Telefe showing the LG G Flex, a smartphone with a curved display that is apparently LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Round that was announced earlier this month. From a design perspective, the device really does look like a standard LG Android phone that’s been sat on by some guy in a hammock for two months. The Verge says that, like the Galaxy Round, the G Flex isn’t likely meant for global consumption and will probably only be released on a limited basis in South Korea. Pictures of the device follow below. More →
It is beginning to look like LG might reveal a set of its own Chrome OS devices in the near future. On Monday, TMWatch discovered three trademarks filed by LG earlier this month, each of which carries a Chrome-related moniker: “ChromeOne,” “ChromeDesk” and “ChromeStation.” Chrome OS LG devices were hinted at last year when LG signed a patent agreement with Microsoft, but this is the first official documentation of actual hardware being developed. There is no other indication as to what products these trademarks might actually turn into — each was filed in International Class 009, which can cover computers, tablets, mobile phones, DVD players, and even car speakers. Perhaps we will hear more when Google officially outs the Nexus 5 later this year.
It is not clear whether it’s ever a good idea to gloat over the destruction of your enemies. But it definitely isn’t a good idea if the target of your taunts has a particularly fierce fan base. LG USA has reason to ponder this topic after its recent Facebook post triggered a substantial backlash. “Write a eulogy for your BlackBerry on your new LG G2’s beautiful 5.2” full 1080HD display,” read the snide October 7th post on LG USA’s Facebook page. The page was soon overwhelmed by BlackBerry fans slamming the build quality and tackiness of LG’s smartphones, and many of the pro-BlackBerry comments garnered between 40 and 140 up-votes. Not one of the top-30 comments on LG USA’s own Facebook page mocked BlackBerry or lauded LG. More →
Samsung and Apple have remained perched atop the smartphone sales charts for quite some time. Other vendors have endlessly vied for third place, and occasionally taking pot shots at their chief competition isn’t unheard of. LG is the latest manufacturer to take aim with a series of targeted advertisements which have begun appearing on Apple, Samsung and HTC phones. Business Insider has collected a sampling of these ads, which include quips such as “Waiting for your Galaxy to catch up?” or “Hard to read this on your iPhone?” One ad seems to be even more explicit, stating the LG G2 has a 20% faster processor than Samsung’s Galaxy S4. AT&T received some flak after making similar claims in relation to its service versus those offered by other carriers, so let’s see how LG fares. A couple of the ads can be seen below. More →
The first generation of smartphones with flexible displays is shaping up to be incredibly disappointing. Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy Round handset, which features a curved display because it features a curved display. Now, according to a recent leak from Engadget, it looks like we can expect more of the same from LG. The site on Sunday posted leaked renders of the upcoming “G Flex” by LG, which bears a striking resemblance to a banana. It will sport a curved 6-inch display according to the report, which matches earlier rumors and doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the benefits and form factors flexible displays will some day facilitate. In the meantime, it appears that we can look forward to a bunch of oddly shaped phones that possibly afford marginal strength benefits when dropped at certain angles. Another image of the G Flex follows below. More →
LG officially announced the entry-level LG G Pro Lite on Thursday, confirming reports earlier this month that the company has been working on a budget phablet. The rumored specs appear to have been spot on, including the 5.5-inch, 960 x 540-pixel display, 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. LG’s Stylus Pen will also be included in the box. More →
Here comes the next big smartphone fad: Curved, flexible displays. Reuters reports that LG Display has started mass producing flexible smartphone displays that LG will use in an upcoming phone that’s due to be released sometime in November. Reuters notes that “curved displays are in the early stages of development and allow bendable or foldable designs that could eventually allow mobile and wearable gadgets to take new forms that could radically change the high-end smartphone market,” although it’s not clear just how radical the first models released by LG and Samsung will be. LG Display says that its display will be 6 inches and will be curved from top to bottom, while Samsung’s flexible display will reportedly be curved from side to side.
We reported yesterday on a possible flexible display smartphone called the ‘LG Z’ launching this month, but new information points to a November release date and a different name. The “G Flex” is LG’s curved-screen smartphone and according to The Wall Street Journal, it will feature a 6-inch, “plastic OLED” screen, which will allow LG to “experiment with different shapes,” such as the concave design which is hinted at by the prototype design sketches. The newly reported November release date will likely put LG behind in its race to the curved display with Samsung. Regardless, the report suggests that the price will be high and demand will likely be low, but both LG and Samsung want to prove that the curved screens are indeed viable in the smartphone space.
Hot on the heels of Samsung’s recent curved display smartphone announcement, LG has revealed that it too will soon launch the LG Z smartphone with a flexible display. ZDNet Korea reports that the LG Z will feature a 6-inch concave OLED display. According to the report, the smartphone is already in mass production and is “expected to be released later this month.” Both Samsung and LG have now seemingly scheduled a curved display announcement for October, but there are no firm release dates or prices so far. Considering the high cost of curved display production and the lack of consumer awareness, it is unlikely that either the LG Z or Samsung’s offering will ship in large quantities.
Tuesday’s news that the Galaxy Note 3 was found artificially increasing its own benchmark scores caused a bit of a stir. There’s no question that Note 3 is one of the most powerful phablets on the market, so why cheat? It turns out that Samsung is just keeping up with its competition. According to a report by AnandTech, HTC, LG and Asus have each been implementing similar CPU optimization in their own smartphones, and nearly all Android OEMs have been complicit in the practice at some point over the past few years. More →
LG might be preparing a budget smartphone for customers who are looking for a more affordable option than the LG Optimus G Pro. Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru reports that the LG ”G Pro Lite Dual” will go on sale in Russia soon and will have the same 5.5-inch screen as the Optimus G Pro, but the rest of the rumored specifications indicate a much cheaper phone. The G Pro Lite Dual is reported to feature a 960 x 540-pixel display, dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and the option to expand with microSD cards. The budget smartphone will also be loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru is reporting an unsubsidized price of 12,990 rubles ($400 USD) for the LG smartphone and a release sometime this month in Russia. An official press photo can be found below. More →
The LG G2 has been on sale for over a week now in the U.S. In BGR’s review, we noted that despite a gorgeous display and smart design, the G2 doesn’t do much to stand out against its competition. That hasn’t stopped LG from setting its expectations high for its newest smartphone, however: According to China Times, LG announced on Tuesday in Taiwan that it hopes to sell 10 million units of the G2 worldwide. In Taiwan, LG is aiming to sell 20,000 units a month, which could lead to a 5% market share for smartphones in the country. The LG G2 will go on sale in Taiwan on September 27th at an off-contract price of NT $19,900 (about $672 USD).
LG has announced that the Vu 3, the latest in its line of phablets, will be available in Korea starting this Friday, September 27th. The uniquely shaped Android smartphone will have a 5.2-inch, 1,280 x 960 resolution screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 800 processor, 13-megapixel camera, and LTE-A support. The phone will be available in black, white and mint according to LG’s press release. Unlike previous LG Vu smartphones, the Vu 3 does not carry the Optimus moniker. LG has yet to reveal any information about when the phone will see an international release.