LG unveils Optimus 3D Max Android phone ahead of MWC

By on February 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

LG unveils Optimus 3D Max Android phone ahead of MWC

LG continues to announce an array of new smartphones ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress trade show. On Wednesday, the company unveiled its follow up to the original Optimus 3D, the Optimus 3D Max. The handset is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor beneath a 4.3-inch 3D WVGA display that is protected by Corning’s second-generation Gorilla Glass. The Optimus 3D Max also features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel duel-lens 3D rear camera, 3D video editing capabilities and NFC, and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. LG, like many other companies, has promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich “shortly after the launch.” The Optimus 3D Max is slated to be released in Korea in March and then slowly rolled out to other markets starting with Europe. Read on for LG’s press release. More →

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LG unveils the Optimus Vu, a 5-inch ‘phablet’

By on February 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM.

LG unveils the Optimus Vu, a 5-inch ‘phablet’

LG on Sunday announced the Optimus Vu a week before the handset’s Mobile World Congress debut. The Vu features a 5-inch IPS display and is a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. The device is thinner than the competing Samsung Galaxy Note, coming in a 8.5 millimeters. “The Optimus Vu: was designed to maximize what customers could do with a smart-phone,” president and CEO of LG Dr. Jong-seok Park said. “By offering an optimal 4:3 ratio viewing experience, 5-inch display combined with superfast LTE technology, Optimus Vu: is just one example of what we can achieve when we combine our best technology with customer needs.” The “phablet” is equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 32GB of internal storage, an HDMI-out port, 1GB of RAM, LTE connectivity and a 2,080 mAh battery. The Vu will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich has been promised within three months of the handset’s March launch. Read on for LG’s press release. More →

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LG website reveals entry-level Optimus 2

By on January 4, 2012 at 1:10 AM.

LG website reveals entry-level Optimus 2

LG has updated its website to include the follow up to last year’s Optimus smartphone, simply named the Optimus 2. The device features a 3.2-inch display with Android 2.3 and an 800Mhz processor. Additionally, the Optimus 2 sports GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD slot, a 3.2MP camera and a 1,500 mAh battery. Interestingly enough, it looks like the device will run a stock version of Gingerbread. There has been no word on a release date, but the Optimus 2 will most likely be marketed as a budget-friendly entry-level smartphone that may make an appearance at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. More →

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LG E730 Optimus Sol leaked [video]

By on August 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM.

LG E730 Optimus Sol leaked [video]

German gadget news site BestBoyZ has gotten its hands on one of LG’s upcoming mid-range handsets, the E730 Optimus Sol. Originally codenamed “Victor,” the device is equipped with a 3.8-inch AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor. The Optimus Sol runs Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and is loaded with LG’s custom Optimus user interface on top. It is unclear when the Optimus Sol will hit the market but rumor has it Vodafone will offer the device in black and silver when it finally launches. Hit the jump for two more images and a full hands-on video. More →

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Sprint could offer LG Optimus Black, new Samsung device in October

By on August 2, 2011 at 11:50 PM.

Sprint could offer LG Optimus Black, new Samsung device in October

The LG Optimus Black may finally make its way to the United States this fall, according to a leaked internal roadmap obtained by BriefMobile. Sprint could be prepping to launch the device, model number LS865, on October 2nd. It will also offer the Samsung M930, which is expected to be the successor to the current mid-range Samsung Transform handset, as well as a new Franklin USB mobile broadband device. If Sprint does launch the LG Optimus Black, also known as the P970 abroad, it could be shadowed by Samsung’s forthcoming and more powerful Galaxy S II handset. The Optimus Black packs a 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel resolution NOVA screen, a 1GHz single-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and more. Read on for the leaked roadmap image. More →

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LG CEO predicts difficult handset turnaround in Q2

By on June 4, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

LG CEO predicts difficult handset turnaround in Q2

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, LG CEO Koo Bon-Joon said it would be difficult to turn around the company’s current struggle in the handset business during the second quarter. LG reported poor handset sales during the first quarter of the year — phone sales were down 9.2% year-over-year and 14.3% quarter-over-quarter, and shipments were down 10% year-over-year. Gartner also recently noted that LG’s share of the mobile phone market dropped two percentage points to 5.6% year-over-year. LG’s CFO has said that the firm is banking on the success of its Android-powered Optimus smartphones. More →

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LG Revolution review

By on June 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

LG Revolution review

“4G” can mean a lot of things these days. For some carriers, it started out as marketing speak that did little beyond confusing customers. For others, 4G represents a next-generation network that might help ease the strain of a new breed of data-hungry smartphone users that have brought a nationwide 3G network to its knees. But while certain carriers were busy lobbying the International Telecommunications Union or launching crafty marketing campaigns, Verizon Wireless launched the fastest cellular network U.S. consumers have ever seen. On May 26th, Verizon released the LG Revolution and gave its subscribers their third 4G smartphone option. Does LG’s first 4G LTE phone address the shortcomings of Verizon Wireless’ earlier offerings? Read on for the full review.

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Purported T-Mobile 2011 roadmap reveals HTC G-Infinity, LG Optimus II, more

By on May 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM.

Purported T-Mobile 2011 roadmap reveals HTC G-Infinity, LG Optimus II, more

A healthy portion of T-Mobile’s 2011 device roadmap has purportedly been revealed, shedding light on a few previously unknown smartphones. Not much information is available surrounding the previously unknown devices beyond a codename and some speculation, but T-Mobile subscribers should find a morsel here and there to get excited about. Hit the break for the rundown. More →

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LG outs Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA Display

By on April 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM.

LG outs Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA Display

LG officially announced the long rumored LG Optimus Big on Friday, making it the Korean firm’s largest Android smartphone to date. The Optimus Big runs Android 2.2, sports a 4.3-inch Nova Display, and is equipped with an HDMI-out port, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The NOVA Display is the star of that spec sheet though, and we loved the rich colors and deep blacks when we first saw it on the Optimus Black. The Optimus Big will make its debut on Korea’s LG U+ on April 28th and there’s no word if this beast will swim itself to the United States — but we’d welcome it with open arms if it did. More →

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Entry level Android handset sales to top 20M in 2011, report suggests

By on April 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM.

Entry level Android handset sales to top 20M in 2011, report suggests

Budget Android handsets are poised to takeoff in 2011, a new report from Digitimes suggests. The firm states that it expects 20 million to 25 million entry-level Android handsets  – defined as devices priced below $150 – will be sold globally in 2011. That figure is up from the 2.5 million to 3 million that were sold in 2010. Digitimes suggests that chips designed in China and Taiwan will drive white box OEMs to create budget-conscious handsets that will be attractive in emerging markets. An estimated 10 million to 13 million of those handsets are expected to be sold in China alone. Digitimes is known for having a mixed track record, but we do know that Android handsets — such as LG’s Optimus — were priced in the $100 range on many U.S. carriers. Similarly, last night Boost Mobile announced its new $179.99 Samsung Galaxy Prevail handset, which will be an attractive option for prepaid buyers. More →

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LG planning Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA display

By on March 28, 2011 at 5:32 PM.

LG planning Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA display

LG may soon be chasing HTC in the phones-with-massive-displays market. According to some leaked images and specs, LG has a new phone codenamed “Optimus Big” up its sleeve. The Optimus Big — as its name implies — sports a large 4.3-inch screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, a T-DMB TV tuner, and LG’s super bright and sharp NOVA display. Little else is currently known about the phone, although we can tell from the images that it at least sports a forward-facing camera for video chats. It also very likely runs some flavor of Android and appears that it could swallow the iPhone in one bite. If this thing ever makes it to the United States, and we doubt it will, we hope it comes amped up with some 4G and dual-core goodness. More →

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LG Optimus 3D passes FCC with T-Mobile 3G bands

By on March 24, 2011 at 6:49 AM.

LG Optimus 3D passes FCC with T-Mobile 3G bands

T-Mobile customers looking to get in on some trippy googly-eyed 3D action may not have long to wait. The FCC has just passed through a device called the LG P920, also known as the LG Optimus 3D. This new version features support for the AWS/PCS/WCDMA/HSPA bands, suggesting it could launch on T-Mobile in the United States. As a refresher: the Optimus 3D runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) and features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of on-board storage and two 5-megapixel cameras on the back for recording 3D and HD video. The Optimus 3D offers support for HSPA+ networks, so if it launches on T-Mobile we’ll likely see it tagged and glittered up with 4G branding. After all, AT&T just announced that it’s going to offer the LG Optimus 3D as the LG Thrill 4G “in the coming months.” More →

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CTIA awards site suggests two new LG smartphones due at conference

By on March 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM.

CTIA awards site suggests two new LG smartphones due at conference

The CTIA Wireless conference is just around the corner, and in preparation for the three day extravaganza, the Wireless Association is starting to make its final preparations for the event. Part of these preparations include listing the finalists for conference awards, and the “Phones/Smartphones” category has yielded some interesting information. The first three finalists include the HTC ThunderBolt, Motorola ATRIX 4G, and LG Revolution. The final two candidates included on the list are two, unnamed LG handsets simply listed as “LG Mobile Phones.” What could these mysterious handsets be? PCMag, the discoverer of the mysterious device listings, suspects that one of the devices could be T-Mobile’s version of the Optimus 2X — the unannounced but expected Optimus G2X. If we had to venture a guess as to what the second device might be: we would assume that it is a version of the company’s dual-core Optiums 3D handset we saw at Mobile World Congress. Which carrier the handset will land on is, however, anyones guess. BGR will be roaming the halls of the Orange County Convention Center to bring you all the CTIA news as it breaks, be sure to keep your browser locked here during the week of the 21st! More →

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