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Yet another problem with an LG device has cropped up and supposedly patched by the electronics giant, marking a spell of bad luck (or bad QA?) than spans two devices. Hmm, I guess life isn’t too good for LG these days.
HTC’s latest ad involves more than just a whole bunch of shiny new phones but also a bit of baseball fun as they’ve enlisted world class second baseman hitter Robinson Cano to knock them out of the park.
They quite literally set up a makeship pitcher’s mound and lobbed Cano an iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 to obliterate in glorious slow motion. Who doesn’t enjoy a little uh, friendly competition?
Catch it yourself after the break.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.