Category: LG

LG G5 Debuts At Mobile World Congress, With Modular Accessory System

lg-g5It’s a big bet for a flagship phone, let me tell you that much. The LG G5 is a noticeable departure from the architecture of previous flagship handset from LG, and sports a new modular accessory system, on top of the new design, specs and software.

Oh, and always-on display? Check, LG has it here.

First off, the G5 is all-metal — it finally happened, as LG was the last of the major Android manufacturers to be making a flagship phone with a non-metal body. Secondly, the modular accessory system: things like a camera grip that also includes a 4,000mAh charge, or a Hi-Fi DAC for audiophiles, can be slid in via the removable bottom bezel — which also means this is the first all-metal flagship phone of recent memory with a removable battery.

LG is getting a lot right here, but for some reason got rid of the app drawer, so every app downloaded goes to the screen — sigh. Still, there’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a returned LG skin, so that should (hopefully) make up for this shortcoming). Also, like th eNexus 6P, the fingerprint sensor is located in the power button, which means you can unlock in a jiffy.

Specifications are as follows: Snapdragon 820 processor, 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS Quantum display (554 PPI), 4GB of RAM, 32B internal storage (microSD up to 2TB), 2,800mAh battery, a 16 megapixel rear camera (78-degrees) + 8 megapixel rear camera (135-degrees) for wide-angle shots, 8 megapixel front camera, and network support in the US on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Price and availability are to be announced, but it is worth noting that LG even made accessories like a VR headset and a 360 cam, so the G5 experience — when it does come out — will be pretty interesting.

Via: LG

The LG G6 OLED TV Is A 4K Wonder With 2.57mm Of Thickness

lg-g6-tvLG launched a combo attack with its G6 OLED TV: 4K resolution and webOS as the operating system. Measuring 2.57mm thin, the G6 accomplishes its stupendously thin measurement using what LG calls Picture-on-Glass design, with an integrated soundbar from harman/kardon. HDR comes along for the ride as well, with ColorPrime Pro technologies to ensure the right color reproduction.

Release date and price is TBA, but expect “soon” and “expensive” to be what fills in the blanks.

Via: LG

Want LTE In A Smartwatch? The New LG Watch Urbane Can Fulfill That Wish


In order to fit more tech into the body, along with LTE and GPS, the second-generation LG Urbane had to sacrifice swappable wrist bands, by building some of the tech into the band itself. Once you look past that however, the incremental improvements to the LG Watch Urbane (the original of which was just released this Spring) are notable.

A 1.38-inch 480×480 res P-OLED display is your window into a world of cellular data and phone calls independent of a smartphone, a 570mAh battery that LG says lasts an entire day, and finally, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that keeps the show moving on Android Wear.

However, there is one gripe I do have with the spec list: the watch is 14mm thick — it’s like wearing a stack of cards, or you know, a very thick watch.

A launch is pegged for South Korea and the US in the coming weeks; pricing is TBA.

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.

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

LG Finally Brings Its Gram Laptops Stateside

lg-gram-13Everywhere else in the world, LG laptops are something of a regularity — but reading that sentence in the United States may warrant a question mark.

Yes, LG does produce laptops and as of today, is introducing the Gram series to the United States, starting on Amazon and the Microsoft Store. Still running fifth, not sixth generation Intel Core processors, they may be slightly behind on the times, but still are venerable 13- and 14-inch systems. The lightest machine weighs 980g (2.16lbs), but still offers a 1080p display, microSD card slot and HDMI-out.

Pricing $899 for a 13-inch version with a Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive. The 14″ costs $999 with similar specs, or $1,399 for one with a Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD.

While the build quality isn’t in the same ranks as an ASUS Zenbook, Dell XPS 13 or even a Macbook Air, LG does have a nice little offering here.

Reminiscing With An LG G4 On Verizon

20150629_173000Earlier this year I reviewed the G4, to much fanfare. In comparison to my reviews of the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, the G4 came out to be the most well-rounded of the flagship trio, but the S6 took the design and futurist categories.

However, the G4 I reviewed was a South Korean pre-launch model, and while practically 100% reflective of the American variants, it wasn’t an actual U.S. phone, but rather, an unlocked one. Thus, I had to rectify that.

LG G4: This Is A Mean Smartphone, With Much Style

IMGP0294It’s only been a few hours since UPS delivered an LG G4 from Korea, but I’m already settling in nicely. The LG G4 is the (ever heard of this South Korean tech superpower) latest flagship smartphone to debut out of LG Mobile.

Is it worth the year-long wait? Yes, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves and at least pay attention to the specs — and design, that’s been tweaked slightly as well. For example, the model I have has a hammered plastic back, which looks and feels gratifying but a leather-backed version will debut in beige, black, sky blue and yellow colors — that’s what you want.