LG Optimus 3D hands-on [video]

By on February 14, 2011 at 7:54 AM.

LG Optimus 3D hands-on [video]

Today is officially the first day of Mobile World Congress and for our first stop on the show floor, we decided to hit up LG (great booth placement, right by the entrance). LG had a host of goodies to showcase, but the device we decided to spend the most time with was the company’s yet-to-be-released smartphone, the Optimus 3D. The new, Android 2.2 handset boasts a 4.3-inch, 3D screen that does not require glasses and, to be honest, looks quite nice. The device features a dedicated 3D button which will bring you to LG’s 3D-interface — giving you access to the camera and guide along with all the 3D content on the device. We could belabor you with more details, but a picture (and video) is worth 1,000 words, no? Hit the jump to check out a quick our clip and a gallery of the LG Optimus 3D.


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LG’s Optimus Pad tablet coming at MWC; 9-inches, dual-core, Honeycomb?

By on February 4, 2011 at 8:44 AM.

LG’s Optimus Pad tablet coming at MWC; 9-inches, dual-core, Honeycomb?

Via a Korean press release, LG let it be known that it will be announcing the LG Optiums Pad tablet at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this month. The new tablet should be the European variant of the recently announced G-Slate; the spec-sheet of the G-Slate is as follows: NVIDIA Tegra 2, dual-core processor; 8.9-inch, WXGA display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution and 3D capabilities; 32GB of internal storage; 6,400mAh battery; front-facing camera; full 1080p video playback; HDMI-out port; and Google’s Honeycomb (Android 3.0) operating system. We’ll be making the trip across the pond to bring you the latest and greatest from MWC as it happens. Make sure to keep it locked on BGR from February 14th to the 17th for all the news.

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LG touts ‘triumphant return’ to smartphone market and ‘something bigger’ [video]

By on February 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

LG touts ‘triumphant return’ to smartphone market and ‘something bigger’ [video]

It looks like the folks at LG have gone and hired themselves a mediocre video-production company and that guy who does voiceovers for MMA commercials. The company has put out a short video teaser, touting its “triumphant return to the smartphone market”, the “world’s first dual-core, multichannel” smartphone, and “something bigger” that is coming our way at Mobile World Congress. We’re not sure if this “something bigger” is the LG Optimus 3D or perhaps a new, tablet offering. Regardless, the short clip is awaiting your scrutiny after the break. Let us know what you think. More →

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Virgin Mobile USA announces LG Optimus V; $150, pre-paid, available today

By on February 2, 2011 at 2:23 AM.

Virgin Mobile USA announces LG Optimus V; $150, pre-paid, available today

LG continues to pedal is low-cost Optimus handset to carriers, complete with an alphabet-soup of surnames. So it comes as no surprise that today, via a press release, pre-paid wireless carrier Virgin Mobile USA announced that it would be offering the LG Optimus V handset effective immediately. The device, which has a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G, and Wi-Fi, will retail for $149.99 and can be paired with one of Virgin’s affordable unlimited data plans (which start at just $25). The phone, which can be purchased at RadioShack or at virginmobileusa.com, will also be able to leverage the carrier’s Virgin Mobile Live streaming music service; the second phone with such capabilities.  Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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LG’s Optimus 3D gets pictured; to have dual-core processor and 3D display?

By on January 31, 2011 at 1:34 PM.

LG’s Optimus 3D gets pictured; to have dual-core processor and 3D display?

Just ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC), blog Phandroid has acquired and image of what appears to be the LG Optimus 3D. The new handset will purportedly be a 4+ inch, dual-core, Android handset with a glasses-free 3D display. The report states that the Optiums 3D will use multi-channel RAM and from the photograph we can see the presence of a front-facing camera. Not too shabby looking to be honest. LG has a press event scheduled for February 14th, where the company has said it will take the Optimus “into the new dimension.” Your friends at BGR will be at MWC to bring you all the latest and greatest happenings from your favorite smartphone vendors. Who’s ready for mobile devices that utilize the third dimension? More →

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LG Optimus Black and Optimus 2X hands-on

By on January 6, 2011 at 7:44 AM.

LG Optimus Black and Optimus 2X hands-on

Last night, LG threw a laser-packed bash to welcome the addition of the Optimus Black and Optimus 2X to their stable of Android-powered handsets. While both devices were on display, the Optimus 2X was clearly the star of the show. Featuring an nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor running at 1GHz per core, the Optimus 2X is an incredibly powerful handset that, along with this year’s other Tegra-powered phones, will help to set a new standard for smartphone performance. The graphics on this thing were stunning, the screen is gorgeous, and the phone absolutely flies along. The handsets on display were running Froyo, but all of the display material noted that Gingerbread is all but a foregone conclusion as soon as it hits the streets. LG had 3 of these things hooked up to what looked like 42″ displays via the included HDMI output, and the gaming and graphics performance on the big screen was pretty incredible. No frame-rate issues, full HD display, and more. Really cool stuff.

The Optimus Black, on the other hand, is all about aesthetics. It was super responsive to be sure, but its 1GHz OMAP3630 processor paled in comparison to the Tegra. That said, it’s not as if the Optimus Black didn’t have its virtues. The device is super thin, is really well manufactured and designed, it definitely feels like more of a luxury/up-market device in hand. The Optimus Blacks were also running Froyo, but featured a new Wi-Fi direct feature that allows for long range peer-to-peer connections. The Optimus Black also has what is being touted as the “world’s first front-facing 2 megapixel camera” allowing for relatively passable shots from the forward camera, and definitely paving the way for a bit of a higher quality video chatting experience than we’ve come to expect from the mobile arena. Oh, and did we mention that LG brought lasers? Click on over to the respective galleries for more shots and some video from the event!

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LG announces Optimus Black handset, ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’

By on January 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM.

LG announces Optimus Black handset, ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’

Today at CES, LG announced the latest addition to its Android handset lineup, the Optiums Black. Measuring just 9.2mm thick, the Optimus Black packs a host of high-end features, including: Wi-Fi Direct, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, a 700 nit NOVA display, and UI gestures. The set will ship with Android 2.2, but the press release promises “Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade capability” — it is also being billed as the “world’s thinnest smartphone.” More details are sure to come in the next few minutes, as LG is getting ready to kick off its CES keynote. In the meantime, hit the jump to check out the fairly vague press release. We’ll be updating this post with more details about the Black as they are made available. More →

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Bell Mobility to exclusively launch LG Optimus Chic January 14th

By on January 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM.

Bell Mobility to exclusively launch LG Optimus Chic January 14th

A memo obtained by BGR indicates that Canada’s Bell Mobility will be exclusively launching the LG Optimus Chic on January 14th; the Chic is being billed as Bell’s “first entry-level Android smartphone.” The device will sport a 3.2-inch full-touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, DLNA support, micro-SD card slot (2GB card included), and Android 2.2. The device will “operate on the high-speed HSPA+ network”, be exclusive to Bell in Canada, and retail — subsidy free — for $249.95. Not a bad little set for the money. What do you think Canadian friends, any takers?

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LG projects slowed growth in 2011, still shoots for record sales

By on December 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM.

LG projects slowed growth in 2011, still shoots for record sales

LG Group announced Tuesday that it projects record sales of nearly $136 billion in 2011. LG also stated that 2010 sales are estimated to come in at $123 billion, an impressive 13% improvement over 2009. LG’s 2011 sales projections would set a new record for the company, though its growth rate would slow to 11% year-over-year. Between its electronics, chemical and mobile businesses, LG Group anticipates that approximately 75% of its sales revenue will come from markets outside of South Korea, where the conglomerate is headquartered. It expects overseas sales to increase 18% in 2011, to $107.3 billion, and LG’s electronics units are projected to account for roughly 62% of its total revenue. More →

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U.S. Cellular launching LG Optimus U on December 13th

By on December 7, 2010 at 10:01 PM.

U.S. Cellular launching LG Optimus U on December 13th

Earlier today, U.S. Cellular announced that it would begin carrying LG’s Optimus U smartphone starting on December 13th. The device, which runs Android 2.2, has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD card slot for up to 32GB of storage, and Wi-Fi with built-in hotspot capabilities. The Optimus U will be U.S. Cellular’s sixth Android handset and will be free of charge after an $80 mail-in rebate. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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LG Vortex hits Verizon Wireless soon; free on contract

By on November 9, 2010 at 3:33 AM.

LG Vortex hits Verizon Wireless soon; free on contract

As Verizon Wireless continues to expand its Android lineup beyond DROID-branded devices, we’re seeing some nice inexpensive options from Big Red… and it doesn’t get any less expensive than free. We’ve known for some time that the LG Vortex — a CDMA version of the T-Mobile Optimus T — was on its way to to Verizon. Now, we have official confirmation of the Vortex’s imminent launch thanks to an appearance on the Verizon website above a “coming soon” label. What’s more, Engadget Mobile reports that the upcoming smartphone will be available for free on contract. It’s not clear if this is just promotional pricing for the holidays or if the Vortex will be free for good, but it’s definitely a solid deal on a perfectly capable Android Phone. The LG Vortex is an entry-level Android 2.2 device with a 600MHz processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a 320 x 480-pixel touchscreen display.

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Confirmed: Bell Mobility to offer LG Optimus Quantum on November 8th

By on October 29, 2010 at 1:41 AM.

Confirmed: Bell Mobility to offer LG Optimus Quantum on November 8th

We’ve just gotten some information confirming that Canadian carrier Bell Mobility will be launching the LG Optimus Quantum Windows Phone 7 handset on November 8; the November 8th date had been rumored — due to the U.S. launch — but not confirmed. The Quantum is a full-QWERTY device with a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, 5 megapixel camera with flash and 720p video recording, DLNA support, 1500mAh battery, and 16GB of internal storage. The full-retail price is listed as $449.95 without subsidies; look for the device to go for around $100 with a 3-year contract. Anyone up North been waiting for some WP7 love?

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T-Mobile announces LG Optimus T, affordable Android 2.2 device

By on October 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM.

T-Mobile announces LG Optimus T, affordable Android 2.2 device

Today, T-Mobile announced the addition of the LG Optimus T to its Android handset lineup. The Optimus T is being billed as an affordable, easy-to-use Android device for the masses. The press release is pretty light on specs, but we do find out that the device has a 3.2 megapixel camera, capacitive touchscreen display, and will run stock Android 2.2. The device is also a “with Google” production. The Optimus will come with a 2 GB micro-SD card and can be expanded to up to a 32 GB card. The handset will be available in burgundy or titanium and will launch in time for the holiday season. The full press release is after the break. More →

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