LG Goes For The Premium Experience With The New V10

lgTake the LG G4’s specs, give it a body of stainless steel and silicone, and you’re already halfway to making an LG V10. The new V series is LG’s take on a more premium line of devices, and the V10 is especially representative of that characteristic. LG has done with black, white, beige, and two different blues as color variants.

Let’s get to specs: the V10 rocks the same (removable) 3000mAh battery, the same (fantastic) 16 megapixel camera with optical and electronic stabilization, and the same Snapdragon 808 processor as the G4. However, the similarities end there; the V10 has a flat back, one storage option (64GB), and durable materials to keep the rigidity expected of a more premium build.

About the screen:  there’s a 5.7-inch QHD screen, which is no big deal, but right above it exists a second screen, called an “always on” screen. Its job is to display useful information while the main screen is off, like battery levels, time, and weather. When the main screen is turned on it turns into a multitasking hub or a notification area — think of the edged screen capabilities of a few Samsung devices.

Another very unique aspect of the V10 is its dual-front facing cameras — both are 5 megapixels, one with a 120 degree field-of-view and the other at 80 degrees — which in conjunction produce better-focused images for more subjects in a single selfie.

Other additions to the V10 include a fingerprint sensor (yay), 4GB of RAM and advanced manual video recording capablities at FHD, UHD (4K), and regular HD resolutions.

It’s not surprising that the V10 might be more expensive than the G4, albeit pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The LG V10 launches in South Korea this month, with a US and China release sometime after. American carrier partners include AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Google Partnered With Huawei To Make The Nexus 6P, A New Flagship

Nexus 6PThe Nexus 6P is the new flagship Android device for Google, and considering the spec list rightly so. What makes the Nexus 6P so unusual however is it s manufacturer: Huawei. It’s the first time a Chinese corporation officially built a Nexus device, so it makes a milestone for Huawei, in many ways.

Starting with the screen: 2560 x 1400 resolution on a 5.7-inch display, which operates at 518 pixels-per-inch — crips and rich, indeed. Like the Nexus 5X, the Nexus Imprint (fingerprint sensor) is present on the back of the device. A 12.3 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser-assisted autofocus (a la LG G4), which means that it should be a Nexus device with great photos — for once. Those specs include 4K video recording, 240fps slow motion, and 30fps burst shooting. Huawei hasn’t taken a pass on the front-facing camera’s specs either: at 8MP with an f/2.4 aperture.

USB Type-C is also present here, with an off-the-shelf quad-core, 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage configurations. Carrier support is unlocked in the States: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — as well as Project Fi support. Also: the phone mostly wears aluminum, in silver, black or white (with a gold variant, exclusive to Japan).

The Nexus 6P starts at $499, while pre-orders begin in the US, UK, Ireland, and Japan, exclusively through Google. Shipping begins in October.

Via: Google Store

The New Google Nexus 5X: LG Returns To The Vanilla Experience

Nexus 5XFor the first time Google has announced two nexus phones at the same time, and the first comes from a Nexus veteran: LG.

The Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a solid 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 808 processor, a 2700mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, USB-C support, unlocked carrier support for all major U.S. carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. And get this: Project Fi support, as well.

Lest I forget, the imaging capabilities: a 12.3MP shooter on the back with dual-LED flash and 4K video recording, along with a 5MP camera on the front. Interested in the colors? Carbon, Quartz and Ice Blue are LG’s offerings this year.

Google will sell the Nexus 5X exclusively through its online store, starting at $379.99 for the 16GB model (up to 32GB) in the US, UK, Korea, Japan and Ireland; shipping begins in late October.

Finally, the spirit of protection programs, Google has also unveiled Nexus Protect: at $69 for two years, it sounds like a fair deal. The program covers accidental or mechanical issues, allowing for a new device to be shipped within 24 hours.

Via: Google Store

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge Plus Are The New Top Phablets

note5-s6edgeplusPhablets are getting renewed this year, and the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t the only one: the Galaxy Note 5 has been announced, here in New York City, alongside its edged partner, the S6 Edge Plus. Both devices have 5.7-inch 2560×1440 displays at 518 pixels-per-inch, an 64-bit Exynos chipset including an octa core 2.1GHz quad plus 1.5GHz quad-core processor setup, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB sotrage options, 3,000mAh batteries, 16 megapixel back-facing cameras and 5 megapixel front-facing (both at at f/1.9 aperture).

Software-wise Android 5.1 Lollipop comes along with Samsung’s best (and cleanest) Touchwiz user interface layer to-date. Truly, the greatest difference between these two phones are their weights: the S6 Edge Plus weighs in at 153 grams and the Note 5 at 171 grams. Oh, and that the Note 5 comes with the S Pen, which can be stored inside the phablet.

Both are available in the United States on August 21, with preorders beginning today at 3PM Eastern.

Via: Businesswire

Moto X Play Announced: A Longer Lasting, More Active Flagship Phone

20150728_093158The Moto X Play is Motorola’s second X-branded device announced today. Aimed towards battery life, up to two days on a single charge, and is advertised with a massive 3,630mAh battery to accomplish that. The same 21 megapixel sensor seen on the top-range Moto X Style carries over (capped at 1080p HD recording), with a 5.5-inch full HD display. A Snapdragon octa-core processor is the X Play’s heart, with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB storage options, along with Moto Maker and a pure build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Motorla pegs the Moto X Play launch in August.

Moto X Style: The Newest, Spec Heavy Flagship Phone From Motorola


Starting with a front-facing stereo speaker, a coated silicone rubber soft-grip curved back (with anti-discoloration) and poise.  The new Moto X Style is designed to be stylish and customizable, via Moto Maker or out of the box, including leather and wooden back options with machined metal frames and metallic accents.

Availability will be across the world; the United States will see a launch in September, direct for Motorola, Amazon and BestBuy (and its stores) for $399.

The OnePlus 2 Makes Its Online Debut, With An August 11th Release Date


The OnePlus 2 is the company’s self-described “flagship killer” for the year 2016. On paper, the OnePlus 2 is no slouch, I’ll give it that: a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor (that apparently won’t overheat), 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and laser focus (at 1.3 microns), a 5 megapixel camera on the front, a USB Type-C connector (and reversible USB-A at the other end of the cable), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

The back plates make a return, however in Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood, and Kevlar versions. The leading security option is a fingerprint sensor that can store up to 5 prints, To top it off, a 3,300mAh battery that should get the phone through the entire day.

Android Lollipop is customized with the OnePlus UI enhancements, which includes customizable nav bar buttons.

Launch is pegged for August 11th in the US, Canada, India, the EU, and China. A Southeast Asia launch will occur in Q4 2015. Pricing is $389 for the 64GB, while the 16GB version will require $329.

Via: OnePlus

Uh, Very Well: Sony Names International Version Of The Z4 Phone, The Z3+

Xperia+Z3+_heroArguably, it does make sense.

The Xperia Z4, announced not too long ago for Japan as an exclusive (and as the company’s new flagship smartphone), will be renamed for an international launch in June, dubbed the “Z3+”.

But, why not? The only real differences are Android 5.0 Lollipop, a new processor, a 5 megapixel front-facing, and a smaller battery 2,900 mAh (from 3,100 mAh). Other things have been fiddled with, like the new exposed micro USB port, which reportedly does not affect the waterproofing, or the overall design of the phone, which has been cleaned up and refined for slight imperfections.

Still, with Samsung dominating the Android space with not one but two flagships — S6 and S6 Edge — along with Apple’s own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the only reasonable strategy for Soyn at this point is to deliver another well-received smartphone, and hold its ground; profit dents aren’t in the cards here.