Showing posts with label LG. Show all posts
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Monday, February 23, 2015

LG aims for the mid-range smartphone segment with four new Android Lollipop devices

 LG has announced a new line of mid-range smartphones running Android Lollipop that will be showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congresstrade show in Barcelona. The company aims to offer a balance of style and performance with its latest range, and it looks like it might get things right in 2015.
The LG Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy will be available in 3G and 4G LTE variants, with metallic back covers to distinguish the latter models.

The Magna features a 5-inch 720p display, and includes an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. It’s powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz chipset with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. That should be enough for most common tasks and light gaming.
The other models are similarly specced, but differ in screen size. The Spirit is a 4.7-inch affair, while the Leon is slightly smaller with its 4.5-inch display, and the Joy features a diminutive (by today’s standards) 4-inch screen.
The range includes signature LG features like hand gesture-activated selfies, and Glance View, which displays time, recent messages and missed calls with a swipe even while the display is off.
There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, but LG says that it will begin to roll out these models across the globe in select markets this week.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

LG has its own virtual reality headset for the G3 smartphone

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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LG's First 4K OLED TV Has an Eye-Popping Price Tag

SEOUL, South Korea — LG announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition (a.k.a. 4K) screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.

The South Korean company said it will ship 65-inch OLED TVs starting September in South Korea, Europe and North America. A 77-inch model will hit shelves later this year.

While major TV makers are pushing to make Ultra HD TVs mainstream, most use LCD screens. The super-high resolution picture, also known as 4K, packs four times more pixels than regular HD televisions.

Making Ultra HD quality TVs with OLED screens remain costly.  LG's 65-inch model will cost 12 million won ($11,765). Other types of Ultra HD televisions sell for less than $3,000.

OLED sets typically have deeper color saturation and a sharper image quality than LCD. The tech is also easier to build into ultra-thin form factors. But for years, the high rate of error during production contributed to a significant price premium over LCDs, preventing OLED displays from catching on among mainstream consumers.

LG said it is committed to OLED because the cost will come down and its advanced screen will eventually replace LCD screens. It forecasts that OLED TV sales will overtake LCD TV sales "within a few years."

"OLED is where we must head next," said Ha Hyun-hwoi, head of LG's TV business. "It is a matter of time."

LG's aggressive bet on OLED TVs is in contrast with its rival Samsung Electronics Co. After rolling out a 55-inch curved TV that uses an OLED display last year, Samsung has not announced an upgrade to its OLED TV for this year. Samsung uses OLED technology mostly for small devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers.

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Take a Glimpse at LG's Upcoming Smartwatch

Mere months after the launch of its first Android Wear device, the LG G Watch, LG will release a new smartwatch, this time with a circular face.

The new wearable has been announced via an official video teaser, which reveals very little, besides the new device's round shape (as opposed to LG G Watch, which has a square face).

The teaser does, however, reveal that the device will be officially unveiled at IFA 2014, which takes place from Sept. 5-10 in Berlin.

The fall is shaping up to be pretty big for smartwatches. We'll likely see plenty more wearables at IFA this year, and Apple might launch a wearable of its own at its Sept. 9 event.

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