Posts Tagged ‘LG’

HTC and LG devices show up in inventory

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Mobile World Congress is less than a week away and already there is much talk and speculation on what will and won’t be announced there. For now, we are certain that Samsung has something big in store as they prepare to reveal to the world the next generation of Galaxy S devices. HTC is said to be prepping a flagship smartphone, one that will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well as run on a GSM network and of course who can forget the rumors of their tablet as well? Last but not least, LG will be announcing the world’s first 3D cellphone as well as the first 3D tablet (last one is a speculation).

That said, we’re getting new information about the rumored existence of an HTC device by the code name of Desire 2. Of course you will recall this is the European version of the Evo. We also have some more information that there will also be a tablet dubbed the HTC Flyer which will be around the size of the Galaxy Tab, at least in screen real estate.

On to the news of LG, we’re hearing that the Korean company has a new device out called the Optimus 3D. as the name would suggest, the device has a 3D screen, and we’re hearing from reliable sources that there will be the inclusion of a camera that can also record in 3D. LG is also expected to announce the Star Tab which is a European version of the Optimus Tab which will be heading to the United States sometime this year.

We’re not going to hold our breath just yet, but if this is the case, it could be just a bit more interesting to pay attention to both company’s MWC keynote.

Source: Fonearena

LG Optimums 3G

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

It’s not clear as yet, but the above photo is believed to be that of the forthcoming LG Optimus 3D, a device that for the most part has been unknown due to the fact that LG has it under wraps because it is planning an official unveiling at MWC in just two weeks.

That said, it looks like the phone will feature some type of 3D display which would be the first among a cellphone. More importantly, the screen looks to be a little larger then what it was originally thought of at 4 inches. Thanks to the above photos, it’s looking more like 4.3 inches and just like many of its upcoming competitors, it will be sporting dual-core processor and multi-channel RAM. The processor manufacturer is said to be NVIDIA who will be providing the 1GHz chip, if not more, that will be running the device.

So far we have no more information but LG does seem to be ramping up their effort to compete against the likes of HTC and Samsung. Thanks to T-Mobile, they will be releasing one of the first 4G tablets in the U.S which we understand will also make it to the U.K shores, albeit without the 4G’s though we’re sure the T-Mobile branding will make the voyage.

Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona Spain next month and with that LG will be taking the time to announce its plans for 2011 which we’re sure will include enough new information about tablets and Tegra 2 powered cellphones.

Hopefully more information on the Optimus 3D will surface and hopefully it’s running nothing less than Gingerbread. One specific speculator claims the device could arrive as soon as the holiday season and that couldn’t be too farfetched as that would be the all crucial time in order for good sales numbers.

Source: Phandroid

LG Optimus 2X Begins Pre-order

Friday, January 21st, 2011

LG’s Optimus 2X is officially available on pre-order. The Tegra 2 device will be landing in Europe shortly is on sale at Expansys online store. The pre order begins at £499.99 which works out to be $800 at current exchange rates. There are also options for the phone to sport a contract which would bring the price to zero on such carries as Vodafone. Expansys claims the Optimus 2X will arrive in the UK on March 21.

Opimus 2X preorder

Danish store Ellos also has the Optimus 2X for pre order for the nice sum of 3599 DKK which is about $650. They claim the device will ship in February, the 25th to be exact. On a side note, the phone is said to heading to the United States on T-Mobile’s network in March as well.

The phone features a list of high end specs including a 1GHz dual-core Tegra processor supplied by NVIDIA. On the rear of the device is an 8 megapixel camera as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front that will serve for video conferencing. The camera’s rear camera also supports full 1080p video recording.

There is a 4-inch screen on the front that sports a WVGA touchscreen. This Android device will run Android 2.2 Froyo, but LG has said that it will get a 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade later on although there is no mention of an exact date. Rounding up the specs list is a 1500mAh battery, microUSB port and the ability to output full HD content via DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). Onboard memory is capped at 4GB but there is a microSD card for expanding the memory.

According to LG’s CEO: “Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology, With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011.”

Soruce: Android Central

LG launching a non-4G G-Slate in the UK?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

LG is bringing the first “4G” tablet to T-Mobile in the U.S this summer. But it looks like the company has other plans for said tablet as well. James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics, was asked about the company’s plans to concerning the LG G-Slate. He gave the following answer:

“That information isn’t available yet. The first announcement was for the Americas. We are planning another announcement pretty soon”.

It’s too early to speculate when such an announcement could happen, but seeing that MWC, Mobile World Congress, is on the horizon and LG has always had a presence at the event, it wouldn’t be too much to speculate that they could use the venue to announce the existence of a 4G lacking slate that is aimed at EU markets.

This would make perfect sense seeing that 4G markets outside the U.S are all but none existent, but the market for tablets is global. Choi did go on to say the following though: “For the iPad you have the Wi-Fi version, the 3G version, different kinds of versions”, explains Choi. “I’ll put it to you this way, even if the 4G version isn’t in the UK…” Choi was cut off by his PR chaperone who interjected the following midsentence: “It’s one of the key products that we are working on, so we’re trying to keep a tight lid on it.”

If that is not a confirmation of a tablet, I wonder what could be. But we don’t have long to wait as MWC is right around the corner and the company has promised that it will be announcing some big details there within the next month or so.

Via: Pocket-Lint

Android Devices Take the Spotlight

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

LG is bringing music and class to the Optimus 2X (and a few other LG smart phones) this coming January.

According to reports, the Korean phone maker has signed up composer, musician and maestro Ennio Morricone to provide specially made music for their handsets. The scores, totaling 15 in all, are going to be originally composed by the music genius who brought life to many great movies (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “A Fistful of Dollars”, etc). Aside from the 15 original tracks, about 10 scores from his movie audiography will also be made available. These tracks are going to be used as ringtone options for the devices –which means that the Optimus 2X will not only look good, it will sound good too.

For those of you wondering when the 2X will finally be available, the official word is that the phone will be coming this January of 2011. No word yet as to which networks will be getting the device first, but January is the official UK release of the handset. So those of you who are hoping to get this dual core processor equipped handset (running at 1.5GHz no less), might want to start prepping up for the pre orders.

Motorola has a bit of sad news for Milestone owners: the update for 2.2 Froyo will not be around until later in Q1 2011. The update has been recently just a while back and is getting plenty of negative reactions already. Motorola is assuring the European markets that they are working on being able to bring the update to users as soon as possible. Originally, the update was supposed to come out these last few months of 2010 (Q4).

Lastly, for those of your who have been lucky enough to get a Nexus S (or are planning on getting one), Google has made a quick list of useful tips and functions of the Gingerbread and the new smart phone. Head over straight to the official Google blog and see what they have in store for Nexus S owners.

Google Updates Dell Streak, LG Star Launches in Korea

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

For those who have never heard of the Dell Streak –you missed out. This is probably one of the biggest Android smart phones to ever be released; both figuratively and literally. In many ways, the Streak is Dell’s top contending Android device. Sure, the electronics manufacturer has several handsets under its brand, but none could possibly match up to the Streak.

But as we said, the Streak is also big in size –literally. The device pops out a large 5 inch capacitive touch screen display. The screen provides users with plenty of space for accurate navigation and of course, gestures. The larger screen may sound bulky, but once you have the device in your hands, it is impressive how ergonomically sound the whole handset is.

Anyway, the big news about this equally big phone is the fact that Google has finally come out with the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Dell Streak. The actual patch has yet to be put up online, but the official statement is that the Froyo patch will come out by the end of the week so it will not be too much of a wait for fans of the Android OS.

For those worrying about the large screen, do not worry, all that 5 inches with 480 x 800 pixels of visual joy is fully protected by Gorilla Glass. The handset also comes with 16GB of internal memory, a 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash. 720p HD video recording will be supported with the upcoming patch. Lastly, the handset is running on Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.

In other Android news, the launch of the LG Star worldwide might not take too long now. The device has already been released in South Korea as the LG Optimus 2X. Hopefully, the Android handset powered by the Tegra 2 CPU will be available in local store shelves by the end of the holidays.

Latest Mobile Tech: 3D, SLCD, and QLED

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

If there are two categories of electronics that are receiving constant upgrades and innovations in terms of technological advancements, it is hard to think of better examples than the computer and mobile phone industries. While computer parts have been getting better at a constant rate, it is hard to deny the fact that the growth of mobile phone technology is far more accelerated.

HTC is pushing their luck with the first Android 3D handset to be launched. While certainly interesting, it is hard to fathom how 3D could be a truly significant contribution to the smart phone industry. Unlike the use of 4G networks, HD video recording and flexible touch screens, 3D is one aspect of entertainment that simply does not fit with portable technology.

This mostly centers on providing users with parallax screen technology, but in the long run, who would actually bother appreciating 3D images on a such as small display and on a device meant to be used when you are outside the house?

Korean phone maker Samsung is working on a more practical display technology: LCDs. The appearance of AMOLED touch screens has certainly put a wide gap between LCDs and LEDs, but in the end, it is the LCDs that are proving that it is easier to manufacture. In fact, even HTC is slowly replacing the AMOLED phones with Super LCD screens. According to reports, Samsung’s new tech is being named as the Super PLS LCD –which is far superior to the already impressive IPS LCD screens we see today.

LG is not too keen on turning away from LED technology just yet however. In a recent report, it has been announced that LG’s latest developed technology is the Quantum Dot LED screen, or simply put, the QLED. They say that this new display will provide the same quality of images as AMOLED screens do, but this time, with even less power consumption.

Today’s Mobile News Highlights

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Tesco has announced that the sales of mobile phones are expected to reach a fever pitch this coming holiday season. While there are plenty of people that will be shopping straight from retail stores, a vast majority of the sales will be coming from the internet: online shopping is fast becoming the new option for busy people –about 78% of total sales is expected to come directly through online buyers.

A new Tegra 2 Powered smart phone from LG is expected to appear at the upcoming Mobile World Congress: the LG Star. Aside from the fact that this is a full touch screen smart phone using the Android 2.2 OS with an HDMI output port, little else has been revealed about this new device from the Korean phone maker.

Gresso has announced that they are launching a new luxury smart phone: the Luxor. While this expensive device screams nothing but style and class, buyers should be reminded that the use of 200 year old African Blackwood on a phone that will probably not be used for more than a couple of years is definitely not encouraged.

Orange and T-Mobile UK’s offer for the Apple iPad is impressive and hard to match. Everything Everywhere currently offers one of the best deals for the touch screen tablet –a feature that is only matched by 3 UK, which currently holds the post for having the best options for Apple iPhone 4 and iPad buyers.

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the XPERIA X8 will finally be getting an update to the Android 2.1 Éclair. Not quite the impressive Flash 10.1 capable Froyo update that we have been waiting for, but this is still a great bit of news for this 1.6 Donut handset.

Images of what appears to be the Nokia N00 has been spotted online, plenty of speculations about this supposedly MeeGo OS powered device has sprouted up. With the N9 nowhere in sight, we doubt that the N00 will be coming out anytime soon.

Smart Phone News: the Top Headlines

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

LG is heavily supporting the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform with the launch of the Optimus 7 just a while back. Now it seems that a second LG made WP7 handset is also coming out: the Optimus 7Q. The Q stands for Quantum and despite the fact that it looks a lot like the Optimus 7; this is an entirely new device.

Specs wise, the Quantum still follows Microsoft’s hardware requirements though the screen is a lot smaller at 3.5 inches (still carries the required resolution at least). The best part about the new handset is the slide out QWERY keyboard.

For those looking forward to the Windows Phone 7 handset, the Dell Venue Pro, this might be a good time to belay that purchase and consider your alternatives. According to a recent report, the smart phonies having some serious hardware issues; aside from the battery problems and the issues it has been having with WiFi connectivity, the Venue Pro is now having some SIM card problems as well.

Moving on to the Android OS, Motorola’s next generation smart phone is going to be the Olympus. So far, initial reports peg this device to be the best contender for the next gen device as it packs the Tegra 2 CPU. The handset can easily be mistaken for a larger version of the previously released Motorola Defy (which has certainly made a lasting impression with its super tough casing).

A new smart phone from Acer seems pretty close in concept to the Dell Streak. The device has yet to be given an official name, but so far we are certainly interested in what it can do. The biggest draw of this handset is the 4.8 inch touch screen display –which is the closest that comes to the Streak’s 5 inch capacitive touch screen.

Upcoming: Sharp 3D Android, LG Tablet

Friday, November 5th, 2010

LG is coming up with its own tablet. With the slow and steady increasing growth of the Galaxy Tab, Samsung has shown the world that despite the iPad’s early lead on the tablet market, there is still plenty of room for competition to grow.

The Optimus Pad is being promoted as the next big thing for LG, but once again, the Korean phone maker is up to its previous practice –planning devices way too far ahead of time. This was already noticeable when LG lost profits for the first half of 2010 when it focused on device that would launch until the latter half of the year (which is the Optimus Android and the Optimus 7 –this one specifically launched around October even).

The Optimus Pad is believed to be running Android Honeycomb, which is the next version to be released after Gingerbread –which is still in the works. With an OS that is two generations down the line of the current 2.2 Froyo, we will certainly not see the Optimus Pad anytime soon; unless Google suddenly decides to churn out OS updates one after another.

Sharp is cashing in on the 3D hype as it announces the new 005SH and 003SH handsets. The new phones will be sporting 1GHz CPUs and the Android Froyo platform (aside from the 3D capable touch screen displays). The 005 will have a slide out QWERTY keyboard while the 003 will have a 9.7 mega pixel camera.

Expect to see the 005 to be released before the end of the year and the 003 to come out sometime next February –our only gripe is that Sharp might not go for a global release so interested buyers should pray for a miracle that this gets outside Japan. In any case, expect the release of this phone to benchmark a new era of 3D touch screen technology all over the world.