MWC 2013: LG press conference set for February 25th

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Feb 082013
 

Following the teaser Facebook image and MWC 2013 trailer, LG has once again taken to Facebook again to promise that “a world of difference” was coming to MWC 2013 at the end of the month:

LG Facebook teaser

Not happy with just teasing its customers, LG today also sent out invitations for its MWC 2013 press conference. And it comes with a teaser of its own:

LG MWC 2013 press conference invitation

What does that large 4 in the upper left mean? Speculation suggests that LG could unveil four new devices during its event. Given that it has promised to unveil a new line of smartphone, could one or more of these belong to the F-Series it hinted at in its last financial results announcement?

As for what the tagline “See the difference” could refer to, your guess is as good as mine.

MWC 2013 is shaping up to be action-packed!

Video: LG Mobile MWC 2013 trailer

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Feb 062013
 

LG Mobile already teased us once today with hints of an upcoming announcement. They have followed that up now with their LG @ MWC 2013 Trailer Video and ask us if we are “ready for the next breakthrough from LG?” That’s a rhetorical question, right?

LG promises that “breakthrough will be made at MWC 2013.” No details are revealed but whatever it is promises to be premium, speedy, stylish, and creative.

Any thoughts as to what LG will unveil? Wider distribution for the LG Optimus G Pro or the mysterious LG GK with its 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display and a quad-core processor? Or a refresh of its budget-conscious L family of smartphones? Plenty of possibilities…

Read more: LG Mobile [via YouTube]

LG Mobile teases upcoming new smartphone series unveiling

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Feb 062013
 

LG today is hinting at a new smartphone series in a Facebook post. A single image shows a wrapped up box comes with the text “New series will be unveiled.” A caption below the image reads, “See what surprise LG has in store for you this time, with an unexpected distinction.”

LG Facebook teaser

As you would expect from a teaser, there is little else to go on. There is no hint as to what new devices could be unveiled or when. One possibility is that LG will have some kind of announcement at MWC 2013 later this month. Could LG announce the F-series it alluded to in its press release for its latest financial results? Or could it launch the rumoured LG GK with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display and a quad-core processor? Less likely as this promises a new line are the wider availability of the LG Optimus G Pro or a refresh of LG’s L family of smartphones.

We’ll see if LG reveals more in the coming days…

Read more: LG Mobile [via Facebook]

LG Optimus G Pro announced for Japan

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Jan 222013
 

LG Optimus G ProThe LG Optimus G Pro is indeed real and is headed to Japan. It was announced earlier today by carrier NTT DoCoMo as one of the devices in its spring 2013 device lineup. Bearing model number L-04E with the carrier, it sports a number of improvements over the LG Optimus G including a faster processor and a larger higher-resolution display.

LG Optimus G Pro specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 5.0-inch Full HD (1920×1080) LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with BSI sensor
  • Front-facing camera: 2.4MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 139 × 70 × 10.1 millimeters / 160 grams
  • Colours: Platinum White and Indigo Black

NTT DoCoMo will launch the LG Optimus G Pro in early April. Pricing was not announced. It remains to be seen what LG’s plans are for the device outside of Japan. With the LG Optimus G only months old, it may decide to hold off releasing the LG Pro in markets where the Pro is available. Maybe more will be revealed at MWC 2013 in just weeks.

Read more: NTT DoCoMo

LG Sells One Million LG Optimus G smartphones

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Jan 202013
 

LG Optimus GLG announced on Friday that sales of its LG Optimus G smartphone have topped one million units since its launch late last year. Currently available in Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States, LG also plans to offer it in China and several European countries sometime this quarter.

LG has a ways to go to catch up with top players Samsung and Apple but it is moving in the right direction. It sold a record 7 million smartphones in Q3 (compared to its previous record of 6.2 million) with about 2.1 million of those being LTE devices. With rumoured devices such as the LG GK, LG Optimus G Pro, and LG Optimus G2 in the works, LG looks set to grow further.

LG’s reputation also got a shot in the arm when it became Google’s latest partner for a Nexus device, the Google Nexus 4. Unfortunately, a bit of tarnish has followed due to the availability issues faced by Google and LG since it went on sale.

Read more: Yonhap News Agency

LG Optimus G Pro images and specifications leaked?

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Jan 182013
 

Rumours of a successor to the LG Optimus G successor have been floating around almost as long as the LG flagship has been available. Recent rumours suggested that this follow-up device, the LG Optimus G2, might only launch in the fall with the latest version of Android (expected to be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie). Rumours also pointed to another device, the LG GK, with a 5.5-inch FHD display set to be announced at MWC.

A leaked slide obtained by Engadget paints a slightly different picture. It reveals a device called the Optimus G Pro:

Rumoured LG Optimus G Pro specifications
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The rumoured LG Optimus G specifications are:

  • Processor: 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Operating system: Google Android Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP
  • Front-facing camera: 2.4MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 139 × 70 × 10.1 millimeters / 160 grams

The LG Optimus G Pro is headed to Japan’s NTT DoCoMo with One-Seg and NOTTV functionality in tow. Plans for availability in other regions is not clear at this time. It also remains to be seen if LG will announce it at MWC 2013 (perhaps alongside the LG GK). Pricing has also not been revealed.

Read more: Engadget

Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.7 by LG to be announced at Google I/O?

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Jan 162013
 
Google Nexus

If the latest rumours are true, LG will continue to be Google’s manufacturing partner into 2013 with at least two more devices. According to a forum post on the Korean website Ruliweb, Google will announce both the Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7.7 at the upcoming Google I/O 2013. Both will be manufactured by LG.

The Google Nexus 5 will be powered by NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor. It will come with a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display with 1 millimeter bezels, 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera and 3MP front one. Onboard storage is listed at 8GB. If so, a 16GB option is also likely.

The Google Nexus 7.7 will be very similar. It will also come with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage. As the name implies, it will have a 7.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display with a thin bezel (although perhaps not as thin as that of the Nexus 5) and a 5MP front camera.

With Google expected to unveil the next major version of Android at the event, it is possible although not stated in the post that both will come with latest Android version rather than Jelly Bean.

Both could sell for as low as US$299 in their 8GB configurations.

Google I/O will take place from on May 15th to 17th. Ticket prices and other registration details will be announced in February.

For now, take it all with a grain of salt until some corroborating evidence surfaces to give these rumours some more credibility.

Read more: Ruliweb (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: AndroidAuthority)

LG aiming to sell 45 million smartphones in 2013

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Jan 162013
 
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LG appears to be turning its mobile phone business around. Having sold an estimated 56 million mobile phones in 2012 (41 million in the first nine months and an estimated 15 million more in the last quarter), it now hopes to sell 75 million in 2013. The majority, 45 million, will be smartphones which are more profitable.

Little is known about LG’s smartphone roadmap for 2013. According to an executive “from one of LG’s local partners,” LG plans to release “quite a number of new Optimus devices” this year. Among these could be the LG GK with a 5.5-inch FHD display and a quad-core processor which might be unveiled at MWC 2013. The LG Optimus G2 now appears set to follow as the flagship device for the fall, perhaps as one of the first devices to run the next major version of Android.

The same executive also reveals that LG is planning to jump onto the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon. Devices are in development and more than one could be launched this year.

As a comparison point, Samsung, the world’s largest mobile phone and smartphone manufacturer, is aiming to ship 510 million handsets, including 390 million smartphones, in 2013.

Can LG turn it around in 2013 and shed its reputation for lower quality?

Read more: The Korea Times (Source: UnwiredView)

LG-E980 passes Bluetooth certification and shows up in UAProf file

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Jan 152013
 
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A new LG smartphone has popped up in a couple of different places. The LGE LTE Phone(LG-E980)has not only been certified by the Bluetooth SIG but its UAProf (User-Agent Profile) file is now up on the LG website as well. Between the two, we can say that the LG-E980 will come with a Full HD display (size unspecified), Android, and LTE/HSPA/EDGE/GPRS and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

Bluetooth SIG certification for LG-E980

So let’s conjecture a little bit. Could it be:

  • An LTE version of the Google Nexus 4 (LG-E960)
  • The mysterious LG GK with 5.5-inch FHD display and quad-core processor that LG is expected to unveil at MWC
  • An LG Optimus G variant given that it bears model number LG-E970 (as well as E971/E973/LS970 for market variants)
  • The LG Optimus G2

Feel free to chime in below with your thoughts while we see if we can dig up more on the LG-E980.

Read more: Bluetooth SIG and LG-E980 UAProf

LG Optimus G2 set for Fall 2013 launch?

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Jan 152013
 
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The LG Optimus G2 did not materialize at CES 2013 as some rumours expected. While the next logical point at which it could be unveiled is MWC 2013 in late February, the latest from Korean news agency Yonhap suggests instead that it will be launched in the fall. For MWC, LG will instead unveil a different device designed to grab some market share ahead of Samsung’s expected Galaxy S IV announcement.

The device to be announced at MWC is codenamed GK. It is expected to come with both a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display and a quad-core processor. It appears that this device has been confused with the Optimus G2 as rumours have been floating around about both devices.

It appears that LG may be waiting for the next version of Android for the Optimus G2. Google is expected to announce Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (version number and designation both to be confirmed) at Google I/O 2013 in mid-May. LG would then launch its latest smartphone flagship as one of the first to sport the new Android operating system.

HTC may also unveil a new flagship, the rumoured HTC M7, at MWC, in a bid to get to market before the Samsung Galaxy S IV.

Read more: AndroidAuthority

LG denies Google Nexus 4 availability issues

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Jan 152013
 

Google Nexus 4The Google Nexus 4 remains an elusive smartphone. Despite remaining sold out in both Canada and the U.S., LG indicates that production is on track. An LG Electronics spokesperson told the Korean Chosun Ilbo that production at the Pyeongtaek factory is proceeding “without a hitch” and that “there is no problem in supply.”

The report contradicts earlier an earlier statement that confirmed that LG was struggling to meet the “huge demand.” For its part, Google has described the supply situation as being “scarce and erratic.”

As far as consumers are concerned, it looks like the Google Nexus 4 will remain as scarce as it has been so far. Worse, it does not appear that the situation will improve any time soon.

Read more: (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: The Verge)

LG to unveil Optimus G2 at CES 2013?

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Jan 032013
 
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Despite LG having just announced its Optimus G flagship in late August, rumours about its successor, the LG Optimus G2, have been swirling since late November. Digitimes today indicates that LG will in fact unveil this device at CES 2013. It could well be that LG will announce it at the event and launch it sometime within the first half of the year as other rumours have suggested.

The report suggests that the LG Optimus 2 will come with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) LCD display and a quad-core MSM8974 Snapdragon S4 Prime processor. This again lines up with earlier rumours.

Digitimes also expects other flagship devices to be announced at CES 2013. Huawei will unveil the Ascend D2 with a quad-core processor and a 13MP rear camera and the Ascend Mate with a 6.1-inch, 1080p Full HD display, 1.8GHz quad-core processor, and 4,000mAh battery. Sony Mobile will announce the Xperia Z, also with a quad-core processor and a 5-inch Full HD display.

The report adds that shipments of smartphones with 5-inch displays could reach 100 million units in 2013.

Read more: Digitimes

Video: LG CES 2013 Press Conference teaser

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Jan 032013
 

LG today posted a teaser video for its upcoming CES 2013 press conference. As is so often the case, little is revealed but what appears to be a smartphone can be glimpsed at one point. Could it be the rumoured Optimus G2?

If you’re not making your way down to CES 2013, LG will be livecasting its conference. It will be take place on January 7th at 0800 PT (1100 ET). The livecast will be available through Facebook and through LG’s newsroom.

LG is also offering up the LG CES mobile app to keep you updated on its latest CES 2013 announcements.

Read more: LG [via YouTube] (Source: PocketDroid)

LG to show off new 5.5-inch 1080p and 7-inch tablet displays at CES 2013?

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Dec 292012
 
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It appears that Samsung will not be the only company showing off new smartphone displays at CES 2013. LG also looks set to unveil its next generation of mobile device displays (and perhaps new devices sporting these as well).

At the smaller end of the scale, LG will show off a new 5.5-inch HD (1280×720) display and a pixel density of 403 PPI. It will also unveil a 7-inch tablet display offering a WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and a 324 PPI pixel density (besting the PPI found on either the Apple iPad or Google Nexus 7).

If these are too large for you, LG will also unveil a new 4.7-inch display. Unlike the one on the recently launched LG Optimus G and Google Nexus 4, this one will reportedly feature a bezel only one millimeter thick, making an edge-to-edge display a very near reality.

For larger devices, LG will show off a 12.9-inch QSXGA (2560×1700) AH-IPS display aimed at ultrabooks and a 13.3-inch laptop display with a two millimeter bezel. Larger monitors and TV displays will also be shown off.

Read more: PhoneArena

LG to unveil Tab-Book hybrid tablet-notebook device at CES 2013

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Dec 282012
 
LG Tab-Book

LG has taken the unusual step of announcing its new 2013 PC lineup ahead of CES 2013. The new devices will be on display at the show, including the LG Tab-Book, a hybrid tablet-notebook device.

“This year, we are introducing several innovative PCs designed with one goal in mind — to meet the needs and desires of consumers in an environment which is quickly transitioning to touchscreens,” said Il-geun Kwon, Senior Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit at the LG Home Entertainment Company. “At CES, LG will be displaying a diverse PC lineup, truly deserving of the next generation moniker.”

Powered by Windows 8, the LG Tab-Book will look like a typical if slightly larger tablet with an 11.6-inch display. 15.9 millimeters thick, a QWERTY keyboard is concealed in the tablet and slides out from underneath the screen when needed. It will also come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI output, a USB port and a microSD slot. It will weigh 1.05 kilograms.

Two variants will be available. The LG Tab-Book (H160) will come with an unspecified processor while the Tab-Book Ultra (Z160) will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor.

More detailed specifications, pricing and availability were not announced but all should be revealed at CES 2013.

LG will also show off the Windows 8-powered LG Z360 Ultrabook with a Full HD display and the LG All-In-One (AIO) V325 with a 23-inch touchscreen display.

Read more: LG