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LG Exhibiting 18″ Flexible Display Panel and 6″ Active Bending Panel at SID 2015

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG Display has set up shop at the 2015 meeting of the Society for Information Display (SID) conference in San Jose, showing off its latest advances in display technology. For those curious, LG Display will be exhibiting a few unique pieces of display technology, including an 18″ flexible display panel, capable of being rolled up to a radius of just 3cm without affecting any functionality of the display. 

The company will also be showing off plenty of ultra-large OLED TV panels, but more importantly, LG Display will exhibit a 1.3-inch circular panel, a 5.5-inch curved panel (possibly the same one from the G Flex 2), and a 6-inch active bending panel. The circular panel could inevitably be found on a smartwatch sometime in the future, while the larger 6″ active bending panel could one day be found in smartphones.

To top off that excitement, the company has developed AH-IPS Plus, which is an advancement in AH-IPS technology for smartphones. This new technology, “improves transmittance by 20~30 percent by altering the liquid crystal material and UV alignment technology, creating a high-resolution display that consumes less power.”

If anymore exciting news comes out of SID, we will be sure to let you know.


LG Display Highlights Next-Generation Displays at SID 2015

Seoul, Korea (June 2, 2015) – LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, will showcase the future of display technology at the 2015 Society for Information Display (SID) conference at the San Jose Convention Center from June 2 to 4.

SID is the world’s most respected academic association of the display industry, which is comprised of 6.000 leaders in the sector, including executives, academics and researchers, from all over the world.

Under the theme of Leading Technology, Great Design & Picture Quality, and Differentiation, LG Display will highlight its exclusive advanced technology and the company’s commitment to deliver the best value to customers.

In-Byeong Kang, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at LG Display, will give a keynote speech on “The Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Display Industry” on June 2. He will discuss the future direction of display innovation based on the fast changing IT environment with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G mobile communications. He will also map out the future technology evolution of LCD and OLED displays and prospects for transparent and flexible OLED displays.

LG Display will present three invited technical papers on its cutting-edge research, including the fundamental technology of the world’s first 18-inch flexible panel; new OLED technology concepts for large-size Ultra HD OLED TVs; and Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) technology for large-sized LCDs among a total of 20 presentations it will conduct at SID 2015.

In addition, the 18-inch flexible OLED panel with a curvature radius of 30R, which can be rolled up to a radius of 3cm without affecting the function of the display, will be showcased at the exhibition.

The company will exhibit 55-inch, 65-inch and 77-inch UHD OLED TVs, which ushered in the era of large-sized OLED TVs, as well as other OLED products, including a 1.3-inch circular panel, a 5.5-inch curved panel, a 6-inch active bending panel and a 12.3-inch automotive display.

LG Display has emerged as the industry leader in the application of the touch embedded technology AIT, which is used in various smartphones and tablets as well as a 15.6-inch notebook display and a 7-inch automotive display. AIT represents a major advancement over In-Cell Touch technology, offering excellent touch functions and a differentiated design advantage with its ultra slim bezel.

The company has also developed AH-IPS Plus, an improvement on the conventional AH-IPS technology used in smartphones. The new technology improves transmittance by 20~30 percent by altering the liquid crystal material and UV alignment technology, creating a high-resolution display that consumes less power.

LG Display will have an exhibit section to demonstrate to visitors a comparison in power consumption between 5.5-inch FHD and 5.7-inch QHD smartphone displays using AH-IPS Plus with conventional displays of the same size and resolution.

The company will also show innovative next generation displays such as a 55-inch high-transparent LCD display with the world’s first 25 percent transmittance, and a 21.5-inch automotive display with 2,000R that can be integrated into the dashboard as a Central Information Display (CID).

In-Byeong Kang said “LG Display will strengthen its position as the world’s leading display company with such differentiated LCD technology as IPS and AIT, while OLED technology is playing a pioneering role in creating new markets. The company is committed to putting its best efforts into leading the next-generation of innovative display technology.”

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LG showing off its latest display technology at SID 2015

Posted by wicked June - 2 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The technology conference season is in full swing, and today we’re bringing you news from SID 2015.

The Society for Information Display (SID) conference in San Jose is the foremost event of the display industry, an opportunity for the biggest players to show their wares to prospective clients and partners. Among them, LG Display always has a big presence, and this year is no exception.

The display manufacturing arm of LG is showing off LCD and OLED panels for devices ranging from smartwatches to 4K TV sets, across a keynote address and 20 presentations.

This year, LG Display’s main attractions are large OLED panels for TVs, including this crazy bendable panel the thickness of a credit card that you can literally stick to a wall mount with magnets.

Another highlight is a flexible OLED panel that can bend at a radius of three centimeters without suffering any damage. This industry-first 18-inch flexible panel is another stepping-stone towards devices that bend, fold, and roll. Of course, manufacturers will need to adapt other components as well, but research on flexible batteries, circuit boards, and other components is well underway.

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Other OLED panels that LG will show at SID include a 1.3-inch circular panel for smartwatches (probably the same display used on the G Watch R and Watch Urbane), a 5.5-inch curved panel (similar to G Flex 2), a 6-inch active bending panel (for flexible products?), and a 12.3-inch automotive display. LG will also be promoting its Advanced In-Touch and AH-IPS Plus technologies. The former offers a 20 to 30 percent improvement in transmittance, allowing for lower power consumption at the same resolution.

Stay tuned for more info on new display technologies from the SID 2015 conference, starting today.

LG G4 gets dunked in 4-inches of water for two hours

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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The LG G4 has many features, but water and dust resistance is not one of those. YouTube user Harris Craycaft decided to put that to the test, submerging the device in 4-inches of water for a two hour period. Will it survive?

Normally when you throw a smartphone or really any device in four inches of water for two hours, they tend to, well, stop working. Will the LG G4 stand up to the test? Find out in the video below.

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Best for 4G: Galaxy S6 v Huawei P8 v LG G4

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off
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I often get asked which handset has the best network performance and reliability and usually the answer is Samsung, as for many years now the company has had by far the fastest LTE speeds on mobile devices.

With the change in build from plastic to metal and glass on the Galaxy S6 however, the company was faced with having to redesign its network antennae, so is the performance as good as past Samsung devices? How does it compare to the plastic-clad LG G4 and the metal-built Huawei P8, which comes with Huawei’s own extensive knowledge of mobile networks.

Which of these has the most reliable network connection, including call success rate, antenna strength and 4G Speed Tests? Let’s find out:

N.B. All handsets were tested using the same network – EE, which supports speeds of up to 300Mbps in the London area – and at the exact same time. The results below are based on a sample of 52 tests in 11 different areas spanning a distance of 170 miles.

Network Switch Rate

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One problem with most current LTE networks is that VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) isn’t supported in large parts of the network, meaning handsets need to switch down to a 3G connection when attempting to make a call while connected to an LTE connection. Often, the time taken to locate and switch to a 3G network can result in a dropped call; both, when making a call or receiving a call.

The purpose of this section was to test the handset’s ability to switch from LTE to 2G/3G and vice versa, while also determining which handset remained connected to the fastest network for longest. During our testing, we found the following:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average Time taken to switch to fastest network 1 minute 48 seconds 52 seconds 41 seconds
Number of dropped calls when connected to LTE 21 dropped calls 11 dropped calls 6 dropped calls
Time connected to fastest network 49 seconds 1 minute 3 seconds 2 minutes 9 seconds

The network switch rate on the Galaxy S6 is certainly surprising given that past Samsung devices – albeit they were made of plastic – would usually latch onto the best network. The LG G4 certainly performs well but Huawei’s network coverage shone through in testing, with the Huawei P8 switching the fastest and remaining connected to the best network for longest.

Antenna Strength

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This section tests how strong the antennae performance on each smartphone actually is. To test the antenna strength, we used the figures reported in the Settings > About Phone > Status screen. A signal rating of -60 dBm is recognised as near perfect while anything above -110 dBm is considered call-dropping quality.

Our testing shows that:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average antenna strength -91 dBm -74 dBm -62 dBm
Ratio of average connection (3G:LTE) 4:1 1:5 1:8
Occurrences of zero signal (out of 52 tests) 13 3 3

The Galaxy S6 again fails to excite here, with the handset often not even connecting to LTE. Considering that this particular unit may have been faulty, we decided to test with an alternate handset and found similar levels of performance: the second Galaxy S6 was on average 6 dBm better than the first handset and not enough to warrant the first unit as faulty.

The LG G4 again performs relatively well, with a relatively strong network antenna, but the Huawei P8 is again the best (and this time, by far).

LTE Speed Tests

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Now to the final section and probably the most interesting: superfast LTE speeds. This was a simple test to conduct; each handset was using the latest version of Ookla’s SpeedTest application and was connected to 4G.

Our testing found:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average speed test: download 50.03 Mbps 53.37 Mbps 58.31 Mbps
Average speed test: upload 15.69 Mbps 18.38 Mbps 20.04 Mbps
Fastest LTE speed recorded: 78.39 Mbps 88.46 Mbps 91.44 Mbps

The results were very surprising, given that the Ascend P7 was slower than both the LG G3 and the Galaxy S5. The G4 is better than the G3 thanks to the addition of Cat 6 support and the Huawei P8 is a marked improvement over the Ascend P7, with Huawei’s network knowledge really shining through thanks to the dual antenna system.

The Galaxy S6 tests showed that the handset is significantly slower than the Note 4 and Galaxy S5, despite the newer internal hardware and LTE Cat 6 support (which the Galaxy Note 4 also has). The Galaxy S6 also failed to latch onto 4G+ (Cat 6) – which offers downloads speeds of up to 300Mbps – and was instead limited to Cat 4, which offers a maximum download speed of 150Mbps.

Conclusion

Looking at all the tests and the various results, I think it’s safe to say that the Huawei P8 is the best handset for LTE, while the LG G4 comes second and the Galaxy S6 is significantly further back. Samsung’s adoption of metal and glass certainly worked for most parts of the handset but the network antenna seems to have suffered as a result of the switch, which could be expected given the problems others have had with metal builds.

With the G4, LG have made the antenna stronger than the G3 and the result is much better performance overall. The G4 is certainly impressive in holding onto a network connection and with Cat 6 support, the maximum download speeds have also vastly improved. The dual antenna system on the Huawei P8 clearly prevents any antenna-gate issues – where holding the handset the wrong way can affect your signal – and the handset can intelligently switch between the two antennae, depending upon which is the strongest.

Now read the reviews:

Huawei P8 Review
LG G4 Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

What do you think? Is LTE performance and network resilience important to you? Let us know your views in the comments guys!

WiFi from LG Watch Urbane hacked onto LG G Watch R

Posted by wicked May - 31 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Owners of the LG G Watch R who are willing to do some hacking work on the device now have an option available to enable the WiFi chip on the device. User Tasssadar on the XDA site figured out how to get the needed drivers off an LG Watch Urbane, with the help of intersectRaven, in order to make this possible.

The files needed to make everything work have been put together as a flashable ZIP for G Watch R owners who are willing to give it a go. Currently the solution has only been tested on devices running the 5.1.1 Android update. Users will also need TWRP installed as a custom recovery and an unlocked bootloader.

Tasssadar does note that this solution breaks over-the-air updates, so owners will have to be prepared to restore to a stock image when the next Android update rolls out if they want to get it OTA. In addition, although most people think LG did not enable WiFi on the G Watch R as a way to push buyers to the Watch Urbane, there is a possibility that some actual hardware issue exists and this could cause permanent hardware damage.

If you have a G Watch R and want to give this a try, just hit the source link below for links to the ZIP file and some kernels that will be needed.

source: XDA

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Deal: Buy a LG G Watch R for Just $99 Through AT&T

Posted by Tim-o-tato May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

It appears AT&T is hosting a little sale on the G Watch R from LG this week, pricing the Android Wear smartwatch at just $99. Regularly priced at $249, getting one for $99 and free shipping is a complete steal. 

It might be a mistake, and if so, you better hurry.

AT&T Link

Cheers Charles!

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AT&T’s LG G4 will be available starting May 29th

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

LG G4 Variety of coloursWe’ve been waiting and waiting for all of the major carriers in the US to announce availability of LG’s G4, and AT&T is one of the last to make something official. It’s kind of a last minute announcement, but AT&T will begin selling the G4 starting on May 29th. Today is May 28th. Odd move, but hey, at the least the wait is over. Plus, AT&T customers should be able to buy the device ahead of Verizon customers.

The device will be available on AT&T Next for $0 down, starting at $21 per month on Next 24, $26.25 per month on Next 18, and $31.50 on Next 12. AT&T also mentioned that the device is available for $199 on a two-year contract, but you won’t have long to lock in that contract, since the carrier is dropping two-year contracts in June. The leather backed version of the G4 adds a few bucks to that pricing, and comes in at around $239 on contract.

LG is also offering an accessory bundle to anyone that buys the G4 before June 21st, and that includes a spare battery, battery charging cradle, and a 32 GB microSD card. They’re definitely capitalizing on the lack of removable battery + storage in Samsung’s S6, which makes the G4 a very, very compelling option. All you have to do to get the bonus accessories is register your G4 on time.

Anybody planning on buying a G4 on AT&T in the next few weeks?

source: AT&T

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AT&T LG G4 Pre-Sale Begins Tomorrow, General Availability Starts June 5

Posted by Tim-o-tato May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

AT&T has released availability information for the LG G4, announcing that tomorrow, May 29, is the official pre-sale day. For those who want to head into a store and get hands-on, the G4 will be available on June 5 at all retail locations. 

As for pricing, the G4 can be had on-contract for $199, or through AT&T’s Next Program starting at $0 down, followed by 30 payments of $21. And that’s for the plastic-backed version. The leather backed model will run you $22.34 a month, or $239.99 on a new two-year contract. Both models can be purchased off contract, with the price set at $629.99 for plastic, and $669.99 for leather.

Picking one up?

Via: AT&T

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LG G4 pre-orders start today on Verizon, LG G Pad X8.3 now available

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

T-Mobile started selling the LG G4 only yesterday but Verizon has just started online pre-orders for the G4. Shipping will start before the smartphone hits the retail store on June 4, Thursday. Customers who are planning to get the latest LG Android flagship phone can test a unit in select stores. Under the Verizon Edge, the LG G4 is only $22.91 for 24 months.

Verizon Wireless is offering an exclusive LG G4: Ceramic White with 3D patterns. Basic versions include the Genuine Black Leather and Metallic Gray. Verizon and LG are offering a special promo for a limited. First few buyers of the LG G4 will receive a free 32GB microSD card, a battery charging cradle, and an extra battery. That’s a really good deal so I suggest you quickly send your pre-orders for the LG G4.

Aside from the LG G4, Verizon also announced the new LG G Pad X8.3. This Android tablet is available starting today in stores and online on Verizon Edge for only $12.49/month for two years. If you want both LG G Pad X8.3 and the new LG G4, pay only $49.99. Partnered with an LG G Pad 10.1 it’s $99.00. The LG Watch Urbane smartwatch is $299.99. Or you can get a hundred bill credit when you bring your old phone to Verizon and get a new one on Verizon Edge.

To review, the LG G4 boasts of a 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, F/1.8 aperture lens, 5.5-inch Quantum IPS Quad HD display, Slim Arc body, WiFi, and XLTE connectivity. Under Verizon, the LG G4 supports Advanced Calling 1.0 for HD Voice and Video calls. On the other hand, the LG G Pad X8.3 features an 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display, dual stereo speakers, 1.5GHz Octa-Core Processor, 8-megapixel rear facing camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, 16GB built-in storage, microSD card for expansion, and a 4800 mAh battery.

SOURCE: Verizon

Verizon LG G4 pre-orders begin May 28th, available in-store June 4th

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off
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If you’ve been wondering when you can get your hands on an LG G4 on Verizon, wait no longer. Verizon has just announced that you can pre-order the device in Metallic Gray, Genuine Black Leather or the Verizon-exclusive Ceramic White starting Thursday, May 28th. Pre-orders will begin shipping out to customers before the in-store launch date, which falls on Thursday, June 4th.

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The device will be available off-contract for $549.99 or with Verizon Edge for $22.91 per month for 24 months. Big Red hasn’t given us the details on two-year contract pricing, but we’d imagine it will land on the carrier for around $199.99.

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Additionally, the brand new LG G Pad X8.3 will also be available in-store starting May 28th. The new tablet will be available for $299.99 off-contract or for $12.49 per month for 24 months on Verizon Edge. Purchasing the tablet with a two-year contract will cost $129.99. Specs for the G Pad X8.3 aren’t extremely impressive, though they’ll certainly suffice for many users out there. The tablet has an 8.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. It also has a 4800mAh battery and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

For a limited time, if you purchase an LG G4, you’ll be able to score the G Pad X8.3 for just $49.99 on-contract ($129.99 value). LG’s free battery and memory card promotion is also applied here, so be sure to take advantage of that deal if you’re interested in buying one of these devices.