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An LG spokesperson told Mashable that the company does not intend to sell the VR for G3 headset separately — it will only be available to new G3 buyers.
LG now has its own virtual reality headset, similar to the Samsung Gear VR. Designed to pair with the company's flagship phone, the G3, the gadget is similar to Google Cardboard in that it functions as a shell, with the VR experience rendered on the phone's display.
The LG G3 is one of the few phones on the market with a Quad HD display, making it an ideal device for use with VR applications. When using a phone as VR display, the user's eyes are just an inch or so from the screen, and the size of the pixels matters a lot. As with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the LG G3 has 3.7 million pixels to work with — which can make all the difference in some VR applications.
The plastic headset is based on the design for Google Cardboard, with Google makes freely available. Cardboard and the VR for G3 use a ring magnet on the side that works with the phone's gyroscope, which offers the user some limited control (since it's impossible to touch the screen when the phone is docked in the headset). LG also points out that the G3 design, with its rear-mounted volume and power buttons, potentially offers more convenience in a headset like this.
LG says it's kicking off a promotional giveaway of the headset for new buyers of the LG G3 in "select" markets, although it's not clear how customers will get them. The promotion will involve a QR code in the phone's packaging, which buyers can use to download the VR game Robobliteration.
LG says it does not intend to sell the headset outside of the promotion. Versions of Google Cardboard sell online for about $10 and higher.
Friday, January 23, 2015
LG Electronics said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market.
The South Korean company said Thursday that the G Flex 2 will be launched locally on January 30 and overseas in coming months.
Curved screens are a way of differentiating high smartphones that have come to share many similar features such as high resolution displays and powerful cameras.
When LG released its first version of a curved smartphone in 2013, it was a niche product. The latest iteration shows LG is targeting a bigger market.
The phone features a 5.5-inch screen curved from top to bottom. In an improvement from its predecessor, the phone's self-healing back can repair scratches in seconds rather than minutes. LG said both the screen and the body are more resilient to shocks than other phones.
LG's hometown rival Samsung Electronics Co. is also experimenting with curved screens. Last year, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 4 Edge, which has a screen on its curved edge that displays information.
LG did not give a sales target but executive vice president Cho Sung-ha said the company expects sales of the G Flex 2 to be higher than its predecessor.
LG did not adopt some of the latest technologies for the G Flex 2, such as quantum dot displays. Instead it has a full high-definition screen.
The G Flex 2 will sell for nearly 900,000 won ($830) in South Korea.