Over at LG, we managed to get a hands-on with their new LG Optimus G Pro and Optimus G. The LG Optimus G Pro is a 5.5″ Full HD device which seems to go head on with the Galaxy Note II while the Optimus G is their earlier flagship device that shares the same underpinnings with the Nexus 4.
Head after the break for our hands-on including sample videos and photos.
With the recent drop tests, we’ve seen how phones with tougher materials such as polycarbonate and aluminium can hold their pieces together pretty well. With the new Nexus 4, it uses glass panels for both front and back just like the iPhone 4/4S. Obviously glass would be more fragile but surprisingly it does managed to survive the first drop pretty well. Watch the video to see what happens in the end.
The Nexus 4 is expected to come to Malaysia in December in time of Christmas as mentioned by LG Malaysia in their facebook page. Will this put LG on the smart phone spotlight? It all boils down to the Malaysian pricing. It definitely won’t be as cheap as the price in the UK/US but we are hoping it will be competitive with the other quad core smart phone rivals.
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There is much anticipation among Android users for the latest and greatest Nexus smartphone — the Nexus 4.
Featuring Android’s latest 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, a Gorilla Glass 2 4.7-inch 1280×768 pixels (320 ppi) IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and built-in wireless charging capabilities, the Nexus 4 made its public debut in late October this year. Since then we were all left guessing as to when the device will come to Malaysia.
While we earlier expected the latest Nexus smartphone to be available here next year, it looks like LG has other plans for Malaysia and if these plans are set in stone the Nexus 4 could be here in time to celebrate Christmas with us.
The Nexus 4 made headlines when it was first announced thanks to is very attractive pricing with the 8GB version retailing for US$299 (about RM915) and the 16GB version selling for US$349 (about RM1068) outright. But before you jump for joy, it’s worth noting that there has been issues with the Nexus 4 retail price in countries where the device is purchased from dealers rather than from the Google Play store. In markets where the Nexus 4 is sold via retailers — like it will be in Malaysia — LG has increased the RRP of the device substantially.
Closer to home, you can expect the Nexus 4 to sell for around RM2k. The Nexus 4 could be LG’s ticket to gain much needed traction and awareness in this market and LG would be smart to price the device competitively against the likes of the Galaxy S III and the One X+. If they get it right, the Nexus 4 will put LG prominently on the radar of consumers who previously wouldn’t consider the brand at all.
If the Nexus 4 isn’t your cup of tea, the similar spec LG Optimus G is also expected to arrive in Malaysia in December.
The yet to be announced Nexus 4 has gotten its very own full blown review, thanks to the same guys that leaked early product shots of the device. This is probably the worst leaked ever for a new device.
In terms of exterior design, the Nexus 4 has a flat front surface as opposed to the curved contour glass on the Galaxy Nexus. Dimension wise, both devices are quite identical with the Nexus 4 being 1.5mm shorter but it is slightly wider by 1.3mm due to its larger 4.7″ display. Overall, the Nexus 4 is 9.2mm thick and weighs 139 grams. As comparison, the Galaxy Nexus is 8.9mm thick and weighs 135 grams.
With a pre-production unit running on Android 4.1.2, the unit was obviously riddled with bugs which resulted buttons not responding which needed soft resets. The camera software was buggy too with saturation and contrast problems while benchmark scores were pretty disappointing as well. No surprises there since the software is not final and the Nexus 4 is expected to run on a newer Android 4.2 version.
Of course it is premature to judge the Nexus 4 with a prototype review and the final product would obviously be better. Now if only the final product comes with a better camera and larger storage capacity of 16GB or 32GB.
Hit the source link to read the Russian review translated into English.
While the Nexus 4 is offering high end hardware such as a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the storage is only limited to a paltry 8GB. Like most Nexus devices these days, there isn’t any micro SD expansion slot.
In terms of display, it is confirmed to be 4.7″ and pushes 1280×768 resolution. Over at the back, it comes with a 8MP shooter. At time of posting, the Nexus 4 device is caught running Android 4.1.2 but it is expected to be released with Android 4.2 on board when it is launched officially this coming 29th October.
Head after the break for more clear shots including comparison with the iPhone 5.
The upcoming Nexus device from LG is said to be revealed officially on 29th October 2012. While it is unclear if the date is just a launch date, word has it that the device would be ready for online order through Google Play at selected countries.
In terms of naming, the device is rumoured to be called the Nexus 4 and it is based on LG’s flagship Optimus G that features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7″ TrueHD display and runs on Android 4.2. The naming earlier was spotted at an inventory system of a phone retailer in the UK.
Couple of days back, photos of the device we’re leaked out showing off its Galaxy Nexus-like shape. So far it is uncertain if this is the final design as LG might be deploying various prototypes to avoid early leaks such as this. So far there’s no news on the other “Nexus” devices coming from Samsung and Sony.
The upcoming Nexus device which is said to be based on LG’s flagship Optimus G has been purportedly revealed in a series of leaked photos. The device which carries LG model number E960 was spotted running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and it maintains the similar curvy shape as the Galaxy Nexus. Over at the back, it comes with a rather bling-ed up cover with embeded reflected elements.
Another source revealed a different looking device which also claims to be the upcoming Nexus. It is quite hard to tell right now but who knows LG could be playing hide and seek with various design prototypes like the Galaxy S III. Hopefully the final product won’t look as bland as what we are seeing right now.
More photos after the break.
Word has it that one of the next upcoming Google Nexus device will be coming from LG which will be based on its flagship LG Optimus G. Although it shares similar hardware, the design of the Nexus device will be totally different which possibly maintain the same curved design of the Galaxy Nexus.
Among the specs revealed include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB/16GB of on-board storage. The display would be utilising LG’s 1280×768 TrueHD IPS screen and there’s a 8MP shooter at the back. The next Nexus is said to be running on Android 4.2 and it is expected to be revealed next month. What’s new with the Optimus based Nexus is it supports wireless charging. The downside for this device would be its non-removable battery and there’s no microSD expansion slot.
Earlier chatter also suggests that the LG Nexus device would have some water resistant capabilities but this is yet to be confirmed. While LG isn’t favoured for its speed of software updates, perhaps a Nexus device this time might attract some new consideration for their smart phone.
It has been a year since the Galaxy Nexus was revealed and replacement is finally due. It was earlier rumoured that we could be seeing as much as 3 Nexus phones from different manufactures – LG, Sony & Samsung. Samsung’s upcoming Nexus device is said to be a bumped up version from the existing Galaxy Nexus with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, better cameras (8MP back, 1.9MP front) and the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot.
The LG Optimus G is officially launched, propelling LG ahead with its most powerful smartphone ever. Under the hood, it is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1.5GHz quad-core Krait coupled with 2GB of RAM. Over at the front, it has a large 4.7″ True HD IPS Plus display that pushes 1280×768 resolution.
LG has utilised its own G2 Touch Hybrid Display which helped to reduce the overall display panels which makes the Optimus G a rather skinny 8.45mm, one of the thinnest for a large screen smart phone. As comparison, the Galaxy S II which is one of last year’s thinnest is 8.49mm thick.
On board it comes with 32GB of storage and it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with LG’s custom skin. There are couple of UI enhancement including QSlide which lets you open 2 separate screen simultaneously so that you can do 2 tasks concurrently. In the imaging section, it comes with either 13MP or 8MP camera subject to different market availability. The back of the LG Optimus G is sealed and is juiced up with a built-in 2,100mAh battery and there’s no micro SD expansion. As a flagship device, it comes with the usual bells and whistles including LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and DLNA. The Optimus G overall weighs 145 grams which is slightly heavier than its large screen rivals.
In terms of availability, it will first be available in South Korea next week with global roll out at selected markets beginning in October.
One more product image and a video on the LG Optimus G design after the break.
UPDATE: iPhone 5 hardware specifications updated with more smart phones including Windows Phone.
The iPhone 5 has finally been revealed and we’ve compared it with some of the current and upcoming crop of smart phones. In terms of dimensions, the iPhone 5 is the lightest and thinnest of the bunch under 8mm thick and 112grams in weight. That’s even lighter than last year’s Galaxy S II which weighs in at 116grams. In terms of thinness, arguably there are other slimmer models such as the Huawei Ascend P1 S 6.68mm and the Motorola RAZR’s 7.1mm (only at the thinnest point).
While the iPhone 5 has the smallest screen at 4.0″, it still maintains the same 326ppi Retina Display. When compared to its large screen rivals pushing 4.7″-5.5″ inches, the iPhone 5 still has one of the highest pixel density in this comparison. Of course there are those that come close and exceed such as the 4.5″ Huawei Ascend D Quad at 326ppi and the 4.3″ Sony Xperia S at 342ppi.
In terms of processor, the iPhone 5 comes with a new A6 chip with Cortex A15. Currently it isn’t clear on the number of cores and amount of RAM but we will update this later. It will be interesting to see how this goes against the current dual-core and quad-core processors from the Android camp.
A missing component from the iPhone 5 is support for NFC. NFC has just started to become a standard in high end smart phones and it is disappointing that Apple has decided not to include this in. In the imaging department, nothing much has changed in terms of pixel count but they have toughen the camera glass cover with Sapphire glass.
We will update this once the full details are in.
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