LG is still working on its new flagship model to battle the likes of the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Xperia Z2 and even the Oppo Find 7. The upcoming LG G3 was earlier rumoured to come with a Quad HD display and this is now confirmed with leaked screenshots from the device obtained by GSMArena. The original image measures 1440×2560 resolution which is similar to the Oppo Find 7′s 5.5″ QHD display.
Overall, the new LG User Interface now a flatter design which is similar to iOS 7 and Samsung’s latest TouchWIZ UI. Even the toggle buttons under the notification comes with a familiar flat rounded icon look. On the home screen, there’s a personal assistant reminder underneath the weather and clock widget. In the screenshot, it shows that you might want to take an umbrella with you as it is going to rain in the afternoon. It is a nice touch and this could be a deeper integration with Google Now which gives contextual information based on time, schedule, historical habits and location.
For those mad about gold smart phones, now here’s a smart watch to add to your shopping list. LG’s upcoming G Watch will also be available in Champaign Gold, adding on to the existing Stealth Black colour.
More details of the upcoming wearable have been revealed on their new G Watch website. Running on Google’s Android Wear, it gets a voice activated Google Now feature as seen in their earlier promo video. The display is shown to be always-on but without mentioning the type of display tech being used. We are curious if LG would be using something similar to Mirasol display that’s found on Qualcomm’s Toq Smart Watch. It also gets dust and water resistance to withstand day to day usage in all conditions.
So far there’s no news when will this be released but pricing is rumoured to be about 180 British Pounds which is slightly under RM1,000. Apart from LG, Moto too is making their own Android Wear device which is called the Moto 360.
Head after the break for more images of the LG G Watch.
If you’re looking to buy a high-end phablet that’s not a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the LG G Pro 2 is an ideal alternative worth considering. While LG Malaysia has been rather quiet for some time now, enterprising grey importers like DirectD has started selling the 5.9″ phablet at RM2,399. The version that they are offering is the D838 model which comes with 32GB of storage and 4G LTE support that works with our local 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands.
To recap on the specs, the front comes with a large 5.9″ Full HD IPS LCD display and overall feels slightly wider (2.7mm) than the Galaxy Note 3 due to its thinner bezel design. Powering the device is a 2.3GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM and a 3,200mAh capacity battery which are similar to the Galaxy Note 3. The front also gets a 2.1MP camera while the back features a 13MP main camera that comes with OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) for more steadier shots. Like the new high-end smart phones, the G Pro 2 is also capable of shooting 4K videos.
Another cool feature on the LG G Pro 2 is its Knock Code unlocking. This allows you to unlock the device with a sequence of taps on the display while it’s off. The Knock Code can be customised up to 8 taps.
Since this is a grey-imported AP set unit, it comes with a 24-months local warranty covered by BrandStar. It is available with a choice of 3 colours – Titan, Red and White. For more info, you can check out DirectD’s LG G Pro 2 listing on lelong.
To get to know the LG G Pro 2 better, do check out our first impressions from the recent Mobile World Congress. You can see how it compares with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in our hands-on video after the break.
Last week Google had announced its new smart watch platform called Android Wear. Without further delay, Motorola had introduced its Moto 360 smart watch that features a round touch screen display.
Now LG has finally revealed its Android Wear smart watch as well as it’s called the G Watch. In terms of design, it comes with a standard rectangular shape like any other smart watches available today. While the round shape of the Moto 360 looks cool, the rectangular display seems more practical for displaying information and to perform swipe gestures. Details such as the hardware are rather limited at the moment.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Android Wear promo and introductory video after the break.
During Mobile World Congress, both Sony and Samsung had launched their new flagship devices with a rather mainstream Full HD 1920×1080 resolution. Even HTC’s upcoming all new One is sticking to the same display resolution as well.
If you’re looking for an even higher definition display, LG’s upcoming G3 smart phone is said to be pushing a higher QHD display that does 2560×1440 resolution. The earlier speculation seems to be true as the screenshots are indeed having Quad HD resolution. Without seeing the “About Phone” page, we can’t 100% be sure at this point. You can download the original screenshot over here and here.
Based on earlier rumours, the LG G3 is expected to launch in May 2014 and is likely to have a 5.5″ display, which is slightly bigger than the LG G2‘s 5.2″ display. At 5.5″, the LG G3 is already encroaching phablet territory which is covered by their LG G Pro 2.
If you can’t wait, Oppo will be launching their new Find 7 next week which will come with a 5.5″ Quad HD display and a superior 2.46GHz Quad-Core processor with 3GB of RAM. Since Oppo has its presence in Malaysia, it shouldn’t take too long for the Find 7 to go on sale locally. As for LG, we are not sure if they are still active in Malaysia as they have yet to launch the LG G2, LG G Flex and the Nexus 5 locally.
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.