LG G Pro 2 Display Slim Bezel

Smartphones with monster screens might actually be manageable this year

By on February 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Smartphones with monster screens might actually be manageable this year

The LG G Pro 2 will reportedly pack an even slimmer bezel than the LG G2, according to South Korean publication fnnews. The device, which LG confirmed it will unveil at MWC 2014 this month, will reportedly have a 5.9-inch display and a bezel that is just 0.4 millimeters thick. Assuming the data is correct, the display will take up 77.2% of the front side of the device. More →

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LG G Pro 2 Camera Features

LG reveals some features its new flagship phone will use to combat Samsung

By on February 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

LG reveals some features its new flagship phone will use to combat Samsung

After quietly confirming that the LG G Pro 2 will be launched at MWC 2014, LG on Tuesday has taken another step towards unveiling its specs by posting official details regarding the camera features of the handset. According to a press release posted on its South Korean website, the G Pro 2 will sport a 13-megapixel camera with an improved “OIS Plus” optical image stabilization technology that combines hardware and software stabilization features for better results, and 4K ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video recording capabilities. More →

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LG G Pro 2 Photos

This is LG’s next flagship phone

By on January 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

This is LG’s next flagship phone

LG’s next flagship phone, which will debut next month during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, has been pictured for the first time. The consumer electronics giant already confirmed the handset’s nameG Pro 2 — and said that it will debut in February at MWC. While LG wouldn’t confirm any additional details surrounding its new phone, rumored specs include a 6-inch display with full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, LTE-Advanced support and Android 4.4 KitKat.As can be seen in one of the newly leaked photos posted on the DC Inside forum, the handset will also feature the rear-mounted power and volume buttons found on the G2 and G Flex. More →

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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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