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.
Smart phone makers are trying to find ways to appeal to the youth market. The standard approach is usually to make a smart phone that’s available in a wide spectrum of colours. But beyond that candy colour shells, the phones are pretty much the same underneath. To give the phones a little bit more character, literally, LG has introduced its new AKA smart phone line up that comes with a hint of Tamagotchi.
The four distinctive models – Eggy (Yellow), Wooky (White), Soul (Blue) and Yoyo (Pink) has its own colours and unique character to it. The LG AKA smart phone itself is a full touch screen candy bar device but it gets a plastic shell cover with an exposed top, which reveals the eyes of each character. The eyes are interactive too, so if you’re listening to music, it will animate with a pair of headphones around its eyes. The digital eyes are always on and it can be used for notifications and alerts, which is similar to the cut-out smart covers we’ve seen in recent smart phone models.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest Android software overhaul that promises better performance and a new fresh material design interface. While other smart phone makers are declaring how soon they will update their existing models, LG decides to declare that the wait is over. Their LG G3 flagship smart phone will be updated officially this week starting in Poland and then followed by other countries.
What’s funny is that the current Nexus line such as the Nexus 4 and 5 has yet to be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Even the Moto X 2014 Pure Edition is said to be receiving the update officially very soon.
If LG can deliver Lollipop in record time, why can’t the rest of the smart phone makers deliver the update by end of this year? Samsung is expected to update their current Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 to Lollipop by end of this year. Meanwhile Sony, ASUS and HTC are only rolling out theirs in 2015.
When it comes to smart phones, we have the mainstream processors such as Qualcomm which powers most flagship models and MediaTek that offers affordable performance in the low price segment. Several brands do have their own in-house developed processors which includes Samsung’s Exynos and Huawei’s very own Hi-Silicon. Now joining the list of having home-grown processors is LG where they have introduced its new NUCLUN processor that comes with 8 cores using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.
The LG NUCLUN (pronounced NOO-klun) consists of 4 cores for high performance (ARM Cortex-A15 @ 1.5GHz) and another 4 cores for power efficiency (ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.2GHz). With 4G LTE being crucial in any new device, it also supports LTE-A up to 225Mbps downloads.
The debut device for the NUCLUN is the LG G3 Screen, which is an up-sized phablet version of its LG G3 flagship. It gets a bigger 5.9″ display but pushes a more standard Full HD instead of a higher Quad HD resolution. The new NUCLUN Octa-Core processor is mated with 2GB of RAM and it comes with 32GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD. The rest of the specs are similar with a 13MP Optical Image Stabiliser camera for the rear and a front facing 2MP shooter. It is also juiced up with a similar sized 3,000mAh capacity battery.
Without LG’s official mobile presence in Malaysia, don’t expect this to come to Malaysia with local warranty. Perhaps we might get a chance if our local grey importers decide to bring them in.
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Apple’s Bendgate issue has been a hot topic this week as the iPhone 6 Plus claims to be easily deformed when placed in a pocket. Apple is dismissing the whole issue as nothing but an over-exaggeration and they reported to have only received 9 complaints so far.
To put some credible light into the matter, Consumer Reports has conducted a more scientific test using an Instron compression test machine. For the experiment, they have compared the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M8, LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The machine will apply 10 pounds (about 4.53kg) of pressure for 30 seconds, and then repeat it with additional pressure until the phone gets deformed.
Before this, the same guy from UnboxTherapy has shown that anything else is stronger than the iPhone 6 Plus based on his physical bend test. The actual test results from Consumer Report is surprisingly different. Watch the video after the break.
If you love the flip phones from the early 2000s, LG is bringing it back with its new LG Wine Smart. Instead of targeting tech hipsters, apparently LG is looking to sell this retro looking device for the elderly, who is likely to prefer the tactile feel of buttons. This isn’t the first flip phone that runs on Android. Samsung has been making them for the Chinese market including the W999 and Galaxy Golden.
The Wine Smart runs on Android 4.4 and the specs is quite a mid-tier affair with a 3.5″ IPS display that does 480×320 pixels resolution. It runs on 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor with 1GB RAM and it comes with just 4GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD.
There’s also a 8MP main camera, a VGA front shooter and a 1,700mAh capacity battery. Also supported is 4G LTE, DMB, FM Radio, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Overall it weighs 140 grams with a thickness of 16.9mm. LG will be selling the Wine Smart in South Korea beginning 26 September and it is available in either black or white.
Check out its promo video and official photos after the break.
LG didn’t want to wait until next week’s IFA 2014 and they have announced its LG G Watch R, its answer to the Moto 360. The design looks pretty good and it blends in like a normal day to day watch without shouting that its smart. This is their second Android Wear device after its original LG G Watch.
While the Moto 360 is a looker with its thick steel frame and round display, we are not fond of its black band at the bottom of the screen. The folks of LG seems to have a better technical know-how and managed to deliver a full active round display on the G Watch R. It does look premium with a stainless steel frame and has a classy looking bezel.