LG G Pro 2 Launch

LG quietly confirms new flagship phone will debut next month

By on January 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

LG quietly confirms new flagship phone will debut next month

In addition to presenting its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2013, LG on Monday issued a small press release to confirm the name of its next flagship handset – the LG G Pro 2, as previously rumored – revealing that the handset will be unveiled at some point in February, likely at the MWC 2014 show that will take place in Barcelona, Spain at the end of next month. Just like the G2, the G Pro 2 will not have “Optimus” as part of its name. More →

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LG Earnings Analysis

The phone industry is turning into a painful demolition derby

By on January 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

The phone industry is turning into a painful demolition derby

LG just reported a surprisingly large 43 billion won loss in its mobile communications division, despite 54% unit volume growth during the Christmas quarter of 2013. This is particularly depressing, because LG had launched an aggressive marketing campaign to support the well-reviewed, highly sophisticated LG G2 phablet. During the Christmas quarter in 2012, LG was enjoying massive volume growth, strong reviews of a fresh flagship phone and robust carrier/retail support across Europe, North America and Brazil. It wasn’t enough. More →

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LG G Pro 2 Specs, Launch

New flagship LG phablet with premium specs tipped for February debut

By on January 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

New flagship LG phablet with premium specs tipped for February debut

LG will reportedly unveil a new flagship smartphone at MWC 2014 that will sport premium features, Korean publication etnews says. The LG G Pro 2 is rumored to pack a 6-inch display with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, LTE-Advanced support and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. A previous report from the publication hinted that LG may launch two Android devices with fingerprint scanners, including the LG G3 and possibly the LG G Pro 2. The first G Pro model – launched as the Optimus G Pro at the time – was unveiled last February at the same show in Barcelona, Spain. More →

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LG G3 Fingerprint Scanner

Apple has done it again: Fingerprint scanners are the next big thing in mobile

By on January 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Apple has done it again: Fingerprint scanners are the next big thing in mobile

LG may be working on its own flagship smartphone that will pack a fingerprint scanner, the LG G3, a mobile feature that’s gaining more popularity among mobile device makers, ET News reports (via GottaBeMobile). The iPhone 5s is the most popular handset that uses fingerprint-reading technology, although there are other Android smartphones that can offer similar features including the HTC One max, and the Pantech Vega LTE-A and the Vega Secret Note. More →

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LG G Flex Release Date Europe

LG’s banana phone to invade Europe next month

By on January 21, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

LG’s banana phone to invade Europe next month

In addition to launching with three U.S. mobile operators, the LG G Flex will soon be available in more than 20 European markets including the U.K., Germany, France, Italy Sweden and Austria, LG on Tuesday announced. The company’s first smartphone with a flexible display has been available in Asia so far, including markets such as LG’s home country but also Hong Kong and Singapore. The company reannounced the device at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas, confirming that the G Flex will hit AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. Actual release dates and pricing details aren’t available for European markets, although the company says the phone will be available beginning with next month. More →

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G Flex Release Date

LG’s curved G Flex smartphone will cost $300 at AT&T

By on January 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

LG’s curved G Flex smartphone will cost $300 at AT&T

Are you an AT&T subscriber looking for a curved LG smartphone with a self-healing case that can repair scratches like Wolverine from X-Men? What a coincidence, because your dreams are about to come true — as long as you’re willing to spend $300 on contract. AT&T on Monday announced that it will release the LG G Flex this Friday, January 24th, for $299.99 on contract. AT&T will also let you sign a device contract instead of a service contract using the AT&T Next program, in which case the phone will cost you just over $695, spread out over 26 monthly payments ($26.74 each) or 20 monthly payments ($34.75 each). More →

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LG G3 Release Date

This is the phone LG hopes will finally help it fight Samsung

By on January 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

This is the phone LG hopes will finally help it fight Samsung

2013 was not a banner year for LG’s smartphone business. After gaining some ground in the highly competitive market, sales of LG’s flagship G2 smartphone last year completely bombed. A report suggested the company sold just 2.3 million G2 handsets total through early December after forecasting sales totaling 3 million units in Q3 alone, and it left industry watchers wondering if there is any hope left for LG’s smartphone business. Well, we may soon find out. More →

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LG G Flex Display Bump Defect

It’s okay if your LG G Flex display is… bumpy

By on January 16, 2014 at 7:50 AM.

It’s okay if your LG G Flex display is… bumpy

LG’s G Flex, the company’s first smartphone with a flexible display, comes with a manufacturing defect that the company may have been aware of, The Korea Times reports. Some units develop certain bumps on the display, as seen in the image below, which result from using excessive force on the device. “LG Electronics was rather hesitant in releasing its curved-screen smartphone as it was previously aware of some technical problems,” an unnamed official at the Korea Display Industry Association said. “LG should have notified consumers ahead of the product launch.” More →

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4K TV Purchase Intent Poll

Poll: Are you going to buy a 4K TV?

By on January 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM.

Poll: Are you going to buy a 4K TV?

Pixels, pixels and more pixels… that was the takeaway from the world’s top TV makers at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show. Samsung, Sony, LG and others gathered in Las Vegas to give us a glimpse of what the future of the television industry holds. For some, the TVs unveiled at CES 2014 were boring and completely devoid of real innovation. For others, just the promise of more pixels packed into our big screen TVs was enough to excite, even though 4K content is quite limited for the time being. Most early 4K options will be pretty pricey, of course, but believe it or not some upcoming 4K TVs will actually be reasonably affordable. Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, we want to know if TV makers have you sold. Are you going to buy a new 4K TV this year or are you passing on 4K for now? Vote in our poll below and let us (and the world) know. More →

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4K Curved TV

WSJ: All those huge new 4K TVs from CES? Boring.

By on January 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

WSJ: All those huge new 4K TVs from CES? Boring.

The International Consumer Electronics Show is almost over and as is always the case, we’re left with plenty to process. As is also always the case, dozens of brand new televisions were unveiled at the show by leading vendors and smaller discount brands alike. 4K resolution was the talk of the show where TVs are concerned, as were the massive curved (and even bendable) panels shown off by Samsung, LG and others. The new TVs at CES this year were certainly big, and they definitely packed plenty of pixels into their huge panels, but were they really all that exciting? According to one columnist from The Wall Street Journal, not at all. More →

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Galaxy S5 Specs

Is Samsung about to take yet another page out of Apple’s playbook?

By on January 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

Is Samsung about to take yet another page out of Apple’s playbook?

Leading technology companies copy each other constantly, just like rival companies in most other industries. Samsung takes more flak than most other tech companies following its widely publicized court battles with Apple — we all remember Samsung’s secret 132-page document explaining in great detail how its phones should copy various iPhone features — but Apple copies things from other companies as well, of course. Moving back to Samsung for a moment, it looks like HTC isn’t the only smartphone vendor looking to follow Apple’s lead with embedded fingerprint scanners. More →

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Samsung LG Flexible 4K TV Prototypes

Samsung and LG think we need bendable 4K TVs

By on January 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Samsung and LG think we need bendable 4K TVs

Between them, Samsung and LG unveiled a wide range of new TVs at CES 2014, including a couple of prototypes that can be curved on command by the user – each company has its own model, and both are Ultra High Definition (4K resolution) TVs. During its media event, Samsung unveiled an 85-inch “Bendable TV” that has a mechanical system allowing the viewer to switch between a curved TV display and a flat TV screen with a touch of a button. While this particular feature may seem unnecessary in TVs, Samsung explains that sometimes users may want to bend the TV to better enjoy movies. More →

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LG Ultra HD webOS TV Price

LG reveals prices and launch details for its first webOS TVs

By on January 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM.

LG reveals prices and launch details for its first webOS TVs

One of the biggest surprises of CES so far is webOS, the revived platform from LG that could bring new life to the Smart TV. Of course, webOS is only a piece of the LG TV puzzle this week, and thanks to Engadget, we now have some idea of just how impractically expensive LG’s oversized Ultra HD lineup will be. LG’s room-filling 105-inch LCD TV will cost approximately $70,000, but lacks any release schedule at the moment. The 77-inch curved Ultra HD OLED TV will cost $29,999, and LG expects to ship it in the second quarter of this year. The 55-inch flat OLED TV is the first to fall under five digits, running customers $8,999, but we have previously noted, about three-quarters of LG’s Smart TVs released in 2014 will feature webOS. If you’d rather hold on to your child’s college fund, there will likely be a few reasonably priced webOS sets on sale later this year as well.

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