With its curved, flexible screen and self-healing back cover, the G Flex is an unconventional phone, and LG has created a thoroughly unconventional commercial to tell you why it believes the G Flex is the “most human phone ever”.
What is the next big thing in mobile devices? 3D displays, 3D cameras, high megapixel cameras, 4k video, ultra high definition displays, fingerprint scanners, heart rate sensors? No one knows and that’s exactly the reason why we have products like the LG G Flex. It is a showcase, an experiment, created simply because the technology to make it possible exists. So how does the LG G Flex stack up as a phone?
We played with LG’s latest and greatest — the G Pro 2 — right here at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona and found out why this amazing device is a great, if not, better alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.
The LG G Pro 2 replaces the Optimus G Pro in LG’s range of flagship devices and as far as specifications are concerned the device sits square with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The G Pro 2′s processor, RAM, storage and battery capacity are all identical to its closest rival. That means you get top of the line spec like a fast and power frugal 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, a choice of 16 or 32GB of on board storage, both support microSD expansion for cards up to 64GB in size and both have the same 3,200mAH battery capacity.
LG’s Knock Code is an interesting way of securing your Android smart phone with a sequence of taps. Not only it’s convenient but it is also rather safe since you can tap with different areas and sizes on the screen, thus reducing the chance of someone following the steps. For now, Knock Code is only used as a device lock and there’s no option of setting up custom tap sequence to launch apps directly while the screen is off. The possibility is there and LG might do this in their next release.
The Knock Code feature is available on the LG G2, LG G2 mini, LG G Flex and their latest LG G Pro 2. To set it up, you would need to create a tapping sequence which can be anything from 2 taps to 8 taps across a 2X2 grid. In case you’ve forgotten the steps, setting it up would require a fall back numeric password. For a better idea, we have recorded a demonstration video on how to set this up on a LG G Flex. Watch it in action after the break.
Google is expanding its wearable line of products and the search giant is partnering with LG to produce its first smartwatch according to a source familiar with the project.
Speaking to CNET, the insider also revealed that Google is working on an operating system specifically designed for smartwatches and that details of this smartwatch-centric OS will be revealed in March while the actual Googl smartwatch will make it’s debut in June at Google’s I/O global developer conference.
LG has so far proven to be a very capable device manufacturer for Google with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 getting a lot of positive comments from users and experts alike but when it comes to wearables, LG like many of its competitors are venturing into unfamiliar waters and it will be interesting to see what the Korean company will come up with.
In any case the wearable market is going to be a busy one this year with almost every major manufacturer eyeing a piece of a lucrative new pie that is estimated to be US$19 billion by 2018. Reports suggest that Apple too is looking to tap into this new market, the company is expected to reveal its own smartwatch later this year. At the end of the day it’s going to be an interesting year for wearables and consumers like you and us will be spoiled for choice.
LG has just released a cheerful commercial of its LG G Pro 2 phablet which shows off its unique Knock Code feature. The LG G Pro 2 which was initially announced in Korea will be making its international debut at Mobile World Congress.
To recap, the LG G Pro 2 features a Galaxy Note 3-like specs but comes with a larger 5.9″ Full HD and a 13MP camera that’s supported with an enhanced Optical Image Stabiliser. Watch the LG G Pro 2 commercial video after the break.
The LG G2 mini was expected to be revealed at MWC 2014 but looks like the folks at LG couldn’t wait any longer. LG Netherlands has revealed details of the upcoming compact device which will be available with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 or a Nvidia Tegra 4i processor. Both models would come with a 4.7″ qHD display (960×540) and runs on a Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor mated with 1GB of RAM. There’s no 4G LTE support but a dual-SIM version is said to be available. So looks like the LG G2 mini isn’t a compact high-end smart phone that we had hoped for.
On-board there’s 8GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD card and it is juiced up with a 2,440mAh capacity battery. The LG G2 mini lacks the Optical Image Stabiliser camera found on its bigger LG G2 brother and settles for a 8MP shooter instead. Design wise the mini looks similar as the LG G2 and comes a rocker button located at the back, right beneath the main camera. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
According to the source, LG will first release the G2 mini in Russia next month followed by other countries beginning of April.
LG has just released a teaser for the upcoming Mobile World Congress that’s happening at Barcelona. While it is still too early to expect a new LG G2 replacement, LG is eager to invite everyone to experience its innovative “Knock Code” feature.
As posted earlier, the new LG G Pro 2 comes with a unique way of unlocking the screen by simply tapping on the front in a customised sequence. This offers a rather convenient way of securing your phone which is better than using patterns and passwords. You can watch the brief demo of the Knock Code feature here.
A short glimpse of the LG G Flex in the video suggests that the feature could be extended to other high-end LG smart phones as well. The LG G Pro 2 was launched in South Korea last week and it is expected to make its international debut at MWC. Also not forgetting is the LG G2 mini which was teased last week.
Watch the LG MWC 2014 teaser after the break
When LG introduced its G Pro 2 phablet, the event invite teased Knock-knock knockin’ on but it has got nothing to do with Bob Dylan or Guns N’ Roses. Instead it refers to its Knock Code feature which allows you to unlock the screen with a sequential tapping on the display. This is an improvement over the initial “Knock On” feature started on the LG G2 as it doubles up as a security lock for the smart phone.
At first you would think, this could be easily compromised like a typical pattern unlock since the steps can be traced from the fingerprint marks. However if you look closely, it also works with random sizes at any random location on the glass. As long as you get the sequence right, you will be able to unlock your phone rather securely.
The LG G Pro 2 announced last week competes directly with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It features a large 5.9″ Full HD display and runs on the 2.26GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It comes with a 1W loud speaker and a 13MP camera with OIS Plus. Packed with a 3,200mAh battery, the G Pro 2 is 8.3mm thick and weighs 172 grams, which is a mere 4 grams more than the Galaxy Note 3.
Watch the Knock Code demo after the break.
Just a week ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014, LG has announced its 3rd generation of LG L-Series smart phones. The new range comes in 3 models – L40, L70 and L90 which offers 3.5”, 4.5” and 4.7” screen sizes respectively. All models will be running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
The LG L Series is targeted for mass market and it is a notch below its current high end LG G2 and LG G Pro 2 handsets. The L90 is the highest spec among the trio with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage. The 4.7″ IPS display pushes a modest qHD resolution of 960×540 and it is juiced up with a removable 2,540mAh battery. For imaging, the L90 also includes a 8MP rear and 1.3MP front facing cameras.
Next is the middle-child L70 which comes with a smaller 4.5″ WVGA display (800×480 pixels) and runs on a lower dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. For storage, it gets smaller with a 4GB capacity on board and comes with a either a 8MP or 5MP main camera depending on market. It also comes with a 2,100mAh battery with an overall thickness of 9.5mm. This makes the L70 slightly thinner than the L90′s 9.7mm.
The L40 is the smallest of the lot. Being an entry level device, it sports a low end 3.5″ HVGA display of 480×320 pixels resolution and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor that’s mated with only 512MB of RAM. The camera is a paltry 3MP unit and it is juiced up with either a 1,700 mAh or 1,540 mAh capacity depending on market.
In terms of connectivity, both L70 and L90 supports 3G HSPA+ up to 21Mbps while its entry level L40 supports 3G HSDPA up to 14.4Mbps. The devices will make an appearance at the coming Mobile World Congress.
Head after the break for the design video of the LG Series III.