Qualcomm is having a rough start for 2015. After speculation of delays and production issues, it was reported that Samsung has decided to drop Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 810 processor from its new Galaxy S6 flagship smart phone. Citing overheating issues, Samsung will turn to their very own Exynos solution for their next big thing.
So is there a serious problem with the latest Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 processor? Not really, according to their home rival LG. The LG G Flex 2 which was the first smart phone to be announced with the new processor will be available in South Korea on 30th January. This dispels reliability issues of the new processor and LG has shown confidence to go to market with it.
LG’s Vice President for Mobile Product Planning, Woo Ram-Chan says that “I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the (Snapdragon) 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory”. So is Samsung’s allegation unfounded? Or Qualcomm overheating claim was unfairly made as an excuse for them to stick to its own supply of Exynos processors?
The Xiaomi Mi Note is probably the best spec’ed device right now with its Pro version having a Quad HD 5.7″ display and it runs on the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor with 4GB of RAM. To find out how does it stand against today’s current flagship offering, we’ve compared it with 15 other devices that carries at least a 5.5″ screen.
This includes its direct rivals such as the iPhone 6 Plus, Nexus 6, Meizu MX4 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. At the moment, the Mi Note Pro is currently the 2nd smart phone to be announced with the latest Snapdragon 810 processor after the LG G Flex 2. It is also the 2nd device to offer 4GB of RAM, following the announcement of ASUS ZenFone 2.
In the dimensions department, the Mi Note aims directly at the iPhone 6 Plus where it is thinner, narrower and lighter despite having a bigger 5.7″ display than the iPhone 6 Plus’s 5.5″ screen. However the LG G3 is still the lightest in this comparison at just 149 grams.
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LG knows a thing or two about making mobile devices. The G3, G3 Stylus and the G Flex pack some serious hardware, and then there’s the ultra-stylish G Watch R, a Android Wear wearable that makes the Moto 360 look plain and the Apple Watch look downright ugly. Let’s also not forget about the Knock Code, a unique, easy to use and relatively secure way to keep your device secure, it’s also damn cool. Speaking of cool, there are not many smartphones in the market right now that uses lasers to for auto focusing — the LG G3 is one of those rarities. So why is it then we’re not seeing more and more LG devices coming to Malaysia?
From what we can tell it all comes down to focus and resources. The smartphone market in Malaysia is already crowded as it is and LG also have to look after its consumer goods business. At the moment, LG sees its consumer goods market being more important and the brand is focused to defend its position in that market. Mobile is a nice thing to have for LG but right now, it doesn’t have enough resources to fight with the big brands like Sony and Samsung on both fronts (mobile and consumer goods).
So where does this put yet to be available in Malaysia LG devices, like the G Flex 2 and upcoming G4? We checked with a representative of LG Malaysia, and the response was straightforward and un-optimistic — “at the moment there are no visibility of the incoming [LG] phones to Malaysia. The only available phones now are the LG G3 and G3 Stylus”.
It’s great that LG has made the G3 and G3 Stylus available in Malaysia but if those devices are not moving off store shelves then LG will have to re-look its position in the local mobile device space. For now, it looks like LG is unsure if it wants to continue pushing mobile devices in Malaysia.
What do you think?
The LG G Flex 2 is finally revealed, replacing its original G Flex smart phone that comes with a curved and flexible display. The screen is now downsized from its former 6.0″ to a more pocketable 5.5″ size but it gets a higher Full HD (1920X1080) resolution that now pushes a higher pixel density of 400ppi. Underneath, the G Flex 2 has no compromises with the latest Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and it is mated with either 2GB or 3GB of faster DDR4 RAM.
Surprisingly LG prefers to go for faster RAM instead of more capacity.
For imaging, it gets a 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and focusing is extra quick thanks to its laser auto-focus feature like the LG G3. For the front, it settles for a 2.1MP shooter which is rather low for the current selfie age. On-board, it comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage that’s likely to be expandable as well. In the battery department, it is smaller than the original G Flex at 3,000mAh but it supports fast charging, capable of juicing up to 50% in 40 minutes.
The LG G Flex with its flexible display will be getting a new successor at the upcoming CES 2015. According to a South Korean report, the new LG G Flex 2 will boast faster 4G LTE-A connectivity and it is likely to run on Qualcomm’s top of the line 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor.
Early rumours suggest that the new G Flex 2 will be smaller than its current model that stands out with a large 6.0″ HD 720p display. The new version could be hovering around 5.0-5.5″ inches with a higher resolution (Full HD or Quad HD) screen. At time of release, the G Flex was the answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Round with a more ergonomic design and a claimed IMAX-like viewing experience.
In addition, the G Flex also has an interesting self-healing feature where its back panel can cure itself from mild scratches. With LG Malaysia back in the smart phone business, there’s now a chance for us to get it officially.
To refresh your memory, check out our past hands-on video as well as photos of the G Flex after the break.
See-through phones were quite cool back in the 90s. Now LG is bringing it back with its first Firefox OS smart phone that’s announced with Japan’s KDDI network.
At first glance, the Fx0 stands out with its transparent shell and apparently it was designed deliberately to symbolise Mozilla’s commitment to open source. While it looks cool with a golden colour base, the device is quite a mid-tier affair.
It gets a 4.7″ display that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution and it runs on a Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. There’s a decent 16GB of storage that’s expandable and it comes with a 8MP camera and 4G LTE connectivity. The LG Fx0 is currently sold only in Japan at about US$410. So far there’s no word of them releasing the device internationally.
Check out the hands-on video and official images of the LG Fx0 after the break.
The LG G3 and LG G3 Stylus is now open for pre-booking in Malaysia with stocks to be available on 22nd December 2014. The LG G3 is priced at RM1,699 while the LG G3 Stylus is more affordable at RM799. As a special Christmas promo, LG Malaysia is giving the first 300 LG G3 and first 500 LG G3 Stylus buyers a free Quick Circle Case that’s worth RM150.
To recap on the spec, the LG G3 is their current flagship with a 5.5″ Quad HD (2560×1440) display that boast a pixel density of 538ppi. It runs on a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage and has a 13MP main camera with OIS and Laser AF. The front meanwhile settles for 2.1MP camera. With a 3,000mAh removable battery, the LG G3 is one of the lightest 5.5″ smart phone at 149 grams and has a thickness of 8.9mm.
Meanwhile the LG G3 Stylus is the affordable alternative with dual-SIM that’s powered by a MediaTek Quad-Core 1.3GHz processor. It also gets 5.5″ display but pushes a lower qHD (960×540) and it gets 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and a 13MP + 1.3MP combo cameras. The battery is also 3,000mAh capacity and the Stylus as the name suggests, comes with a Pen-Stylus for drawing.
The LG G3 and LG G3 Stylus are distributed by Brightstar and you can find the list of participating dealers below.
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UPDATE: LG G3 and LG G3 Stylus will be on sale in Malaysia on 22nd December. Here’s list list of LG Mobile dealers.
The folks at Amanz have received confirmation from distributor Brightstar that the LG G3 will be priced at RM1,699 while its affordable LG G3 Stylus is priced at RM799.
Obviously after a 7 months wait, the LG G3 isn’t spanking new but it still boast high-spec credentials with a 5.5″ Quad HD display and it runs on a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor that’s mated to 3GB of RAM. It also has 32GB of on-board storage, 13MP main camera with Optical Image Stabiliser and a decent 3,000mAh capacity battery.
A unique feature on the LG G3 is its Laser AF assist to reduce its focusing time. It supports 4G LTE and currently it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Its Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been released and it should be rolling out to Malaysia very soon.
UPDATE: LG Malaysia is not just bringing in their LG G3 flagship smart phone. Its affordable dual-SIM LG G3 Stylus with a 5.5″ qHD (960×540) screen and MediaTek processor has also appeared on our local SIRIM database.
UPDATE 2: LG G3 and LG G3 Stylus will be on sale in Malaysia on 22nd December. Here’s list list of LG Mobile dealers.
LG appears to be making a come back in our local mobile scene as they have started teasing the arrival of its LG G3 flagship in Malaysia. It took them long enough and it is expected to go on sale before 24th December in limited quantities.
The LG G3 was announced in May and there was a false alarm that LG Malaysia would actually bring it in officially. For those who can’t wait, Malaysians had turned to retailers such as DirectD and IPMart for the imported stocks.
Samsung and LG have been fighting head on in both home ground South Korea and in international markets. For example, its LG G Pro phablet series competes directly against Samsung’s large screen Galaxy Note line up. Earlier this year, they had announced the LG G Pro 2, which is a great alternative to the Galaxy Note 3. Similarly, the LG G3 is their answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S5.
So is LG coming out with a new phablet to replace the G Pro 2? Looks like the answer is no.