LG Zero Smartphone With All-Metal Body, 4G LTE Support Launched

LG back in September launched its new Class mid-range smartphone in Korea priced at SKW 399,300 (approximately Rs. 22,500). The smartphone was exclusive to Korean market.

The company has now revealed LG Zero, the global variant of the Class, which will be available globally. LG has announced that the LG Zero smartphone will be available in Taiwan starting this week followed by other key markets in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. It will be available in Gold and Silver colours. The company adds that the smartphone will continue to be marketed as the LG Class in Germany, Korea, Russia, and Singapore. Unfortunately, LG has announced that it will announce pricing and availability of the Zero at the time of local launch.

One of the highlights of the LG Zero smartphone, similar to Class smartphone, is its metal body, and like other recent LG handsets, it features power and volume rocker buttons on the rear panel, just below the primary camera. The handset sports LG logo branding both on front and back panels. The Zero sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, which the company touts comes with the image sensor from the LG G4 flagship.

For specifications, the LG Zero smartphone featured identical specifications as the Class. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It offers a pixel density of 294ppi. The company notes that the Zero features an “Arc Glass” design at the edges giving it a slimmer profile.

It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled. Considering that the Class was backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, we can expect Zero smartphone to be powered by the same chipset. One of the biggest differences between the two handsets is in RAM – the Zero packs 1.5GB of RAM while Class came with 2GB of RAM. The handset packs 16GB of built-in storage while supporting expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB).

The company has confirmed that the LG Zero runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The smartphone supports FM radio recording feature while also featuring a 1W speaker.

It measures 142×71.8×7.4mm and weighs 147 grams. For connectivity, the LG Zero supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, and Micro-USB. The smartphone packs a 2050mAh embedded battery.

Announcing the handset, Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company said, “At LG, we do not believe in limiting our best technology to just our flagship devices. The LG Zero exhibits innovation not only in its design but in its ability to offer premium features at a competitive price point.”

LG Ray With 5.5-inch Display, Octa-Core SoC Launched

LG on Wednesday launched its Ray smartphone, which will be reaching the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) regions this week followed by Latin America. The availability in other regions would be announced when the handset is launched locally. For now, no pricing details have been provided.

The LG Ray features a metal design includes “best-in-class features”, the company says. It sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution display wit pixel density of 267ppi and packs a 1.4GHz octa-core processor (unspecified) under the hood, clubbed with 1GB RAM. Available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM versions, the smartphone includes a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera as well.

The handset houses 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded via a microSD card (unspecified limit). The LG Ray measures 152.5×76.4×9.3mm, weighs 158 grams and is backed by a removable 3000mAh battery. The connectivity options of the smartphone include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 2.0 connectivity. The device misses out on 4G LTE support.

As for the design, Ray carries the company’s iconic rear control button setup below the rear camera. The speaker grille is situated at the bottom corner of the device’s rear panel.

The LG Ray will be available in Silver, Gold, and Titan Black colour variants. However, the Gold and Titan Black variants will be arriving in January next year. “Customers in 3G markets continue to be a priority for LG so we will continue to develop new products with these consumers in mind,” said Juno Cho, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “No matter the country or the device, every LG customers will receive a unique user experience with a balance of design, performance and value,” he added.

LG Profit Sinks as Smartphone Business Suffers Loss

LG Electronics said Thursday its mobile communications division suffered its first operating loss in more than a year, dragging down the company’s overall earnings for the third quarter.

The mobile business lost KRW 77.6 billion (roughly Rs. 443 crores) for the July-September quarter. The South Korean company’s overall net income sank 48 percent over a year earlier to KRW 83.7 billion, far below the KRW 146.5 billion forecast in survey of analyst by financial data provider FactSet.

LG said it shipped 15 million smartphones during the quarter but its smartphones could not command high prices. The company said its mobile business will likely improve its performance during the current quarter as it began sales of the LG V10 smartphone and the Nexus 5X smartphone.

LG’s TV business turned profitable for the first time in three quarters.

Its home appliance business, which makes washing machines and refrigerators, contributed more than 80 percent of overall profit.

Sales fell 5 percent to KRW 14 trillion. Operating profit slumped 37 percent to KRW 294 billion.

LG G4, LG G3 Appear Set to Receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

LG’s flagship smartphones — LG G4, and LG G3 — could be among the first handsets outside Google’s Nexus and Android One devices to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software update, the latest iteration of company’s Google’s mobile operating system.

The company has updated the support documents (first report by GforGames) on its Korean website to list information about Android 6.0 Marshmallow, suggesting an imminent release of the new Android software update.

LG was among the first few OEMs to seed out Android 5.0 to select handsets in its portfolio. However, it is worth noting that the company hasn’t rolled out Android 5.1.1, the most updated Android Lollipop version to any of its handsets — including the LG G4 and LG G3 — yet.

In a blog post last week, Motorola also listed a number of smartphones – including Moto G (Gen 2), Moto G (Gen 2) LTE, Moto X (Gen 2), Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G (3rd Gen), Moto Maxx, Moto Turbo, Droid Turbo, Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Google Nexus 6 – that will soon receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The company didn’t have a specific release time-frame in mind, however.

HTC also recently listed the smartphones it would roll out the forthcoming update to. The list included HTC Desire 816, HTC Desire 820, HTC One M8, HTC One E8, and HTC One M9 among others.

Unlike Nexus and Android One handsets that receive software updates directly from Google, other smartphones have to wait for their respective Android smartphone manufacturers and carriers to approve the update and mould it to add some customised features. Usually smartphone manufacturers take months to release the latest version of Android to their handsets, but things have improved over the last two years.

LG G4 And G3 May Get Android Marshmallow Updates Soon

LG G4

Google recently announced the release of their new Android Marshmallow software, we have heard from a couple of the smartphone makers on when their devices will be getting the update.

Now it would appear that the LG G4 and LG G3 smartphones may be getting the Android Marshmallow update shortly.

LG is now showing details on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the LG G4 and LG G3 smartphones on its support website in South Korea.

G4

LG has not announced any of its devices as yet that will be getting the Android 6.0 update, but as the two handsets are listed with the update, it seems that these two devices could be the first LG smartphones to get the update.

As yet there are no details on when LG will release the latest Android update for their LG G4 or LG G3 smartphones, as soon as we get some more details, we will let you guys know.

LG G4 Pro Specs Confirmed By Benchmarks

LG G4 Pro

We have been hearing rumors about the new LG G4 Pro smartphone for some time, the handset has now popped up in the GFX Benchmarks.

The LG G4 Pro is listed with the model number H900 and the handset is shown with a 5.7 inch display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

The device is powered by a hexa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and it will come with 4GB of RAM, it is also shown with 64GB of included storage, there were previous rumors that it would feature the new Snapdragon 820 processor.

The inclusion of the Snapdragon 808 processor suggests that we will see the new G4 Pro before the end of the year, as the first devices with the Snapdragon 820 are due to launch next year.

The handset is also equipped with an Adreno 418 GPU and it features front and rear facing camera, the front camera will be a 4.7 megapixel version and the rear camera with be a 16 megapixel camera which will support Ulta HD video in 4K.

The device is listed as running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, although there is the possibility that it will launch with the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

LG are holding a press event on the 1st of October where they are expected to announce their new KG V10 handset, we wonder if we will see the new G4 Pro at the same event.

LG G5 To Feature Snapdragon 820 Processor (Rumor)

LG G5

We previously heard a rumor that the new LG G5 would come with Iris recognition technology and now we have some more information on the handset.

The LG G4 came with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor instead of the Snapdragon 810 due to reported overheating issues with the 810, LG has plans to return to Qualcomm’s flagship processor for the G5.

According to a recent report the new LG G5 will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, we have also heard that this processor will appear in the new Samsung Galaxy S7.

The main camera on the new LG G5 will also get an update, the LG G4 comes with a 16 megapixel camera, LG have apparently chosen to use a 20 megapixel with a custom 1/2 inch Sony sensor on the LG, we can also expect the camera to incorporate LG’s Laser Auto Focus and will also come with Optical Image Stabilization.

As yet there are no details on when the G5 will launch, although we are not expecting the handset to launch until 2016, as soon as we get some more information about the device, we will let you guys know.

LG Class Android Smartphone Announced In South Korea

LG Class

Last week we heard about the new LG Class smartphone, the handset has now been unveiled and it is launching in South Korea.

The LG Class comes with a 5 inch display with a High Definition resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.

 

Other specifications on the handset include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of included storage, if you need more storage there is also a microSD card slot which supports up to 2TB cards.

The LG Class features an 8 megapixel front facing camera for Selfies and there is also a 13 megapixel rear camera with auto focus and an LED flash.

The handset is equipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop and it comes with a 2050 mAh battery, there is also 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, plus GPS and NFC. The LG Class will be available in three colors, black, silver and gold and the handset will launch on the major carriers in South Korea and will retail for the equivalent of $340.

LG V10 With Two Screens, Dual Front Cameras Launched; New Watch Urbane Unveiled

LG, as expected, on Thursday unveiled its first V-series smartphone, the V10, after weeks of speculation. The South Korean company at the same event also revealed the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition circular smartwatch with cellular capabilities.

The highlight of the LG V10 smartphone is its Second Screen which is located as an inset display just above the main 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) IPS Quantum display. Meanwhile, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is being touted as the “first Android Wear device to feature cellular connectivity” that can work with or without a smartphone. The new Watch Urbane comes with 4G, 3G, and Wi-Fi alongside Bluetooth connectivity options.

LG announced that the new V10 smartphone will hit Korea this month, followed by markets such as the United States, China and other markets including Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, on the other hand, will be available first in the United States and Korea. This will be followed by markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East. The company confirmed that the additional market availability and pricing of the LG V10 smartphone and Watch Urbane 2nd Edition will be announced locally at the time of launch.

LG reveals that the Second Screen on the V10 can be set up as an “always on” display to show useful details such as weather, time, date and battery icon when the main display is off. When the main display on the V10 is in use, the Second Screen can be used to launch shortcuts or even favourite apps. The company notes that while media content (for example, a movie) is running on the main display of the V10, the Second Screen will notify users about incoming calls or texts.

Other highlights of the LG V10 smartphone include its 5-megapixel dual-front cameras with two separate lenses that can capture standard 80-degree selfies or wide-angle selfies of up to 120 degrees. The company has also added manual mode for video recording. The feature initially debuted on the LG G4 and allowed people to record “professional-quality videos” by tweaking options such as shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus while recording. The LG V10 offers video recording in three resolutions – HD, FHD or UHD alongside two aspect ratios – 16:9 standard or 21:9 cinematic.

lg_v10_screen.jpgSome of the other video recording features on the V10 include Steady Record, which uses electronic image stabilization (EIS) for recording videos; Snap Video, which creates a single video combining many short videos; 15 Sec. Auto Edit, which allows users to create a short video highlight clip by automatically eliminating blurred frames and static scenes; Quick Video Editor, which allows easy trimming or changing the frame rates and add after-effects into video; Quick Share, which offers options to share video to popular social networks; Audio Monitor, which adjusts the sensitivity of the three microphones during video recording, and Wind Noise Filter, which helps eliminate external wind noise.

LG V10 sports a Dura Guard frame to secure the display and protect the phone from hard bumps and tumbles. The company has claimed that the frame of the smartphone has been made of SAE grade 316L stainless steel, which is used to make surgical tools and high-end watches.

The company in a press statement announced that the LG V10 was subjected to a drop test from a height of 48-inches and was declared to be “MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant” for shock by an independent testing and certification firm MET Laboratories.

LG has also added a fingerprint scanner to the LG V10 that helps to unlock the smartphone and turn on the display simultaneously. LG says the sensor can work with Android Pay in the United States. The popular Knock Code feature is also featured in the V10 smartphone.

For specifications, the LG V10 smartphone packs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, as the LG G4. The main display sports an impressive pixel density of 513ppi. The Second Screen is a 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with a screen resolution of 160×1040 pixels.

There is 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage on board. The handset supports microSD cards up to 2TB. There is a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS 2.0. It is backed by a 3000mAh removable battery. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based LG V10 features LTE-A Cat. 6 standard. Measuring 8.6mm in thickness, the smartphone weighs 192 grams and will be available in Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, and Opal Blue colours.

The new LG Watch Urbane packs a lot of upgraded innards compared to the first-generation smartwatch. It features a 1.38-inch P-OLED display with a screen resolution of 480×480 pixels with a pixel density of 348ppi. The company touts that the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition sports the “highest resolution display of any smartwatch” currently available in the market.

lg_watch_urbane_2_edition.jpgThe smartwatch measures a diameter of 44.5mm and features stainless steel body and durable hypoallergenic TPSiV elastomer band. The second-generation Watch Urbane also features a bigger battery of 570mAh and also boasts of a Power Saving Mode.

The smartwatch sports three buttons on the right side to access shortcut settings such as contacts, LG Health and apps list. The new LG Watch Urbane packs 16 preloaded watch faces alongside including heart rate tracking, workout tips and stress level monitoring.

For specifications, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and is based on Android Wear. There is 4GB inbuilt storage and it comes with 768MB of LPDDR3 RAM. The smartwatch supports Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, LTE, and 3G connectivity features. It includes accelerometer, gyro, compass, and barometer sensors.

It will be available in Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White, and Signature Brown. The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition smartwatch comes with dust and water resistance with IP67 certification.

 

LG V10

LG V10

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

hexa-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 5.1.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

LG Says Smartphone Sales to Improve Starting in Q4

South Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics Inc expects sales at its mobile division to improve starting from the fourth quarter as the firm launches new devices, a senior executive said on Thursday.

Speaking at a launch event for the new V10 smartphone, LG mobile division chief Juno Cho told reporters the firm will use the high-end device as well as new mid-to-low tier products to boost market share.

He declined to give any specific targets.

LG will start selling the V10 smartphone in South Korea on October 8.

The device, which features two front cameras and a small secondary screen that works independently from the main 5.7-inch display, is priced at SKW 799,700 Korean (roughly Rs. 44,100) locally – 11 percent lower than domestic rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s cheapest Galaxy Note 5 phablet model that was launched in August.

The firm also said it is preparing its own mobile payments service but declined to elaborate further.

The highlight of the LG V10 smartphone is its Second Screen which is located as an inset display just above the main 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) IPS Quantum display. Meanwhile, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which was also launched at the event, is being touted as the “first Android Wear device to feature cellular connectivity” that can work with or without a smartphone. The new Watch Urbane comes with 4G, 3G, and Wi-Fi alongside Bluetooth connectivity options.

LG announced that following its October 8 launch in Korea, it will come to the United States, China and other markets including Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, on the other hand, will be available first in the United States and Korea. This will be followed by markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East.