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Could the LG G4 sport a 3K display?

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The LG G4 (LG-VS999) was spotted in a leaked document. That in itself is no big deal, but what is interesting is the display resolution, which is 2880 x 1620.

It’s believed that this device is headed to Verizon since the Verizon G3 had a model number of LG-VS985. Now interestingly enough the AT&T version (LG-H810) was spotted in a UA profile a few days ago with an expected resolution of 2560 x 1440.

So one of two things is going on here. Either Verizon is going to get a better version than AT&T or the leaked document is fake.

We probably won’t see the G4 until May, so it’s certainly not out of the question that LG could offer a 3K display, but I need a little more evidence.

source: MyLGPhones

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LG reports problems did exist with Snapdragon 810, but issues have been resolved

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Several recent incidents with smartphone manufacturers have painted a rather unflattering picture of Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. The Snapdragon 810 is supposed to be the successor to the popular Snapdragon 805 that is used in most top-end smartphones. Samsung appears to have completely dropped the Snapdragon 810 from the mix for their Galaxy S 6 phone set to be released in a few months apparently due to overheating issues and there are rumors the issue has impacted OnePlus’s release schedule for the OnePlus 2. Throughout the recent flare-up about the chip, LG has stood by Qualcomm and plans to release the LG G Flex 2 on time. During an earnings conference call today, LG addressed the issue and added some background to their efforts to bring the LG G Flex 2, and later this year the LG G4, to market with the Snapdragon 810 included.

According to LG, the “initial batch” of Snapdragon 810 chips that were received for development and testing in new devices did have some problems. However, LG indicated they worked with Qualcomm to address the issues to ensure their devices could not only launch on time, but that users would not experience any disappointments in their experiences with the devices. This seems to be a little bit at odds with previous statements from LG that indicated the Snapdragon 810 performance was “satisfactory,” although the differences could likely be written off to misunderstandings about which version of the chip was being discussed. Speaking of versions of the Snapdragon 810, LG did not discuss recent rumblings about a potential lawsuit if Qualcomm were to change the chip solely for Samsung’s benefit.

On a slightly related note, during the same conference call, LG was vague about plans to use a metal chassis for upcoming devices. LG representatives would only acknowledge that design decisions to take into account market demand. Since premium smartphone buyers seem to lean toward wanting metal designs, it seems likely LG is at least considering going that route.

If you were looking at buying a new LG device this year, or any other Snapdragon 810 powered smartphone, are you concerned with all of the recent controversy and potential overheating or performance problems?

source: ZDNet Korea
via: G for Games

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LG posted its 2014 financial results this morning, boasting a fantastic Q4 to cap off a successful year all around. On the numbers side, LG posted a net profit of 474.81 million (USD) for the full year of 2014, which is increase of 125% over 2013. Additionally, LG’s operating profit increased as well, hitting 1.73 billion (USD) from 1.14 billion (USD) the previous year. 

LG thanked its positive growth to a 24% boost in smartphone shipments during the year, landing its consolidated revenue at 55.91 billion (USD) for 2014.

While brief, LG gave a bit of insight into their mobile business plans for the upcoming year, highlighting brand power, efficiency, and focusing on key markets.

Expecting a challenging year ahead with greater competition globally from various manufacturers, LG will concentrate on improving its brand power, operating more efficiently, and focusing on selective key markets.

On the consumer end, we hope this good year and good quarter lead to awesome products from LG in 2015.

Via: LG

LG Reports Positive 2014 in Yearly Earnings, 125% Net Profit Increase and 24% Boost to Smartphone Shipments is a post from: Droid Life

LG reassures that the G Flex 2 and G4 won’t be affected by Snapdragon 810 issue

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Yesterday Qualcomm revealed that a “large company” had decided not to use the Snapdragon 810 in an upcoming flagship, with all signs pointing to Samsung. The reason for this change reportedly had to do with Snapdragon 810’s alleged overheating issues, something Samsung encountered in its tests of the chip. So why did Samsung run into problems and not LG? As it turns out, LG had more troubles developing the 810-powered LG G Flex 2 than it originally let on.

Despite denying that overheating was an issue a week earlier, at an LG earnings conference in South Korea LG came clean and admitted that it had ran into some issues with its “initial batch” of chips. However, LG and Qualcomm have since dealt with the issues and all is on schedule both for the release of the LG G Flex 2 and the future release of the LG G4.

Despite denying that overheating was an issue a week earlier, at an LG earnings conference in South Korea LG came clean.

Speaking of the G4, LG was also asked if the latest iteration might feature a metallic body when it arrives. As you might expect, LG was pretty vague stating that “these decisions will be based on market demand.” Considering just about every OEM is now shifting to metal for flagships, we’d say the demand is there. Whether or not LG decides to follow suit is a whole other matter.

Back to the subject of overheating, providing that LG is being 100% truthful on the matter, that means other OEMs that are expected to still utilize the Snapdragon 810 (like HTC) shouldn’t experience any delays either. Let’s just hope that everything goes according to plan, both for the sake of OEMs, Qualcomm and for us consumers who want the latest and greatest without having to deal with further delays.

What do you think of the “Snapdragon 810 fiasco”, based on what we know so far? Will this hurt Qualcomm’s reputation in the long term, or will they bounce back as long as they truly have solved any performance issues by the time devices reach customers?

LG G4 to differentiate design and beef up camera

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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With the G3 being heralded as one of the best Android phones of 2014, LG is feeling the pressure to make the G4 that much more exciting. That said, LG feels that it is up to the task as it’s continuing to push to boundaries and test different design aspects. According to reports out of Korea, an LG representative said the company will differentiate the G4′s design. Exactly how, is another question though. Could they be adding the G Flex 2‘s self healing factor? Should we expect better materials and thinner bezels? What about LG’s software? But wait, there’s more.

It’s also been confirmed that LG will be beefing up the camera on the G4. There’s not much in terms of details but it’s possible we could see a 20.7 MP sensor with improved OIS. The device is also rumored to sport a Snapdragon 810, 4GB of RAM and will bring back the QHD display; all packaged in a premium frame.

source: ZD Net
via: G for Games

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LG talks numbers too, posts strong mobile profits for 2014

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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LG may have only just missed out on the fifth place for shipments last quarter, but the company has still had a very profitable 2014, led by strong mobile growth. Operating profits for 2014 leapt to KRW 1.83 trillion (USD 1.73 billion) from KRW 1.25 trillion (USD 1.14 billion), an increase of 46 percent.

Fourth quarter revenue reached KRW 15.27 trillion (USD 14.06 billion) resulting in an operating profit of KRW 275.1 billion (USD 253.31 million), which works out to an increase of 28 percent YoY. For the full year, LG brought in revenue worth KRW 59.04 trillion (USD 55.91 billion), mainly thanks to strong growth in mobile shipments, which rose by 24 percent.

Looking a little closer at smartphones, LG shipped 59.1 million devices throughout 2014, which is pretty much what the company and analysts had expected. From this, mobile generated revenues for the year increased by 16 percent to KRW 15.06 trillion (USD 14.26 billion) and the company saw particularly strong growth in North America. Smartphone shipments increased 78 percent in Q4 2014, when compared with Q3 2014, which is one of the highest growth rates in the industry. Coupled with profits from LG Display, the company is holding strong in the increasingly competitive smartphone industry.

LG’s Home Entertainment Company also saw operating profits grow 31 percent year on year to KRW 509 billion (USD 482.01 million). The company’s Energy Solutions and Home Appliance companies also saw profits of KRW 255.1 billion (USD 241.57 million) and KRW 2.88 trillion (USD 2.65 billion) respectively, showing profits all around for the electronics company.

With the LG G Flex 2 and G4 heading our way in the first half of 2015 and a range of products to suit regional demands already on the market, LG looks to be in a strong position going forward into 2015.

Carphone Warehouse to sell the LG G Flex 2 on March 19, pre-registration now open

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, based in the United Kingdom, has launched a pre-registration page for the LG G Flex 2. The page has a form to enter personal information to be notified when the handset is available to pre-order. Those interested can choose how they would like to buy the G Flex 2 (monthly or SIM-free) and which network. The exact date for pre-ordering to start is February 28. Then, the G Flex 2 will be available for sale on March 19.

Source: Carphone Warehouse
Via: Android Central

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LG P7 Music Flow Bluetooth speaker debuted

Posted by Tom January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG has debuted its P7 Music Flow Bluetooth speaker at InnoFest 2015 in Portugal.

The speaker is a chunky metal device that can be spruced up with a colourful range of rubber surrounds, available in green, range, red and yellow.

Track controls are located on the top of the device, as well as volume controls and the power button.

On the side is the microUSB charging port and aux input.

The P7 can also communicate with LG TVs to use the company’s Sound Sync feature.

Price and availability are TBA.

Via pocket-lint

LG Ice Cream Smart clamshell smartphone debuts in Korea

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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On Sunday, LG announced another clamshell form smartphone, the Ice Cream Smart, which is scheduled to debut in Korea this week. A few months ago, LG launched a similar handset called the Wine Smart, a throwback to some of the company’s old phone designs. It seems that the flip-phone look is making a bit of a resurgence in South Korea.

LG Ice Cream Smart mintThe Ice Cream Smart comes equipped with a 3.50-inch HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) display, an unspecified 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory with microSD card support, an 8MP rear camera and a 1,700 mAh battery. The handset also runs Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity.

As far as hardware goes, this phone is virtually identical to the Wine Smart, just with a little more memory thrown in. This certainly isn’t a smartphone aimed at the hardware enthusiast. Interestingly, the smartphone also features a dedicated KakaoTalk button, allowing users to quickly access the popular mobile messaging service.

LG’s Ice Cream Smart will go on sale in South Korea this week, other regions have not been announced, and comes in either mint or pink color options. The smartphone will be priced at around USD$227.

Do you still feel sentimental towards the old flip-phone design?

LG could sue Qualcomm if they give Samsung a modified version of the Snapdragon 810

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Yesterday’s report that Qualcomm will deliver an updated version of the Snapdragon 810 to Samsung has fueled speculation that LG might sue Qualcomm.

LG has contended that there is no overheating issue with the said chip, but there is also a belief that LG has made certain modifications on the G Flex 2. Now the Korea Times is reporting that LG will sue Qualcomm if they update the 810 because it’s basically admitting the overheating issue exists.

A source close to the matter said, “If Qualcomm officially confirms it will modify the Snapdragon 810, it means that the company admits the chipset has a flaw. Then it could trigger legal disputes.”

With rumors that Samsung really wants to step up production of the Exynos regardless of any Snapdragon 810 issues along with this potential lawsuit, is it time to short Qualcomm stock?

Interestingly enough, the Korea Times story has been pulled, but we have the cached version in the source.

source: Korea Times (cached)
via: G4Games

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