LG’s Optimus G Pro phablet has launched on AT&T today, with the sizable smartphone on sale for the first time in the US. Priced at $ 199.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the Optimus G Pro has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a 13-megapixel camera, with a quadcore 1.7GHz processor lurking inside. That processor is
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As we edge closer to the release of LG’s next hero smartphone, it appears more and more likely that it will be coming with a display that’s nearly edge-to-edge. What this means is, like a “Fat Free” box of crackers, there is a little bit of a bezel around the edges, but it’s close enough
Two Galaxy Notes and two Optimus Vus later, LG’s ready to tackle the giant-sized smartphone niche, this time without the category’s defining accessory: a stylus. The Optimus G Pro, part of the company’s performance line, was a surprise when we first laid eyes and hands on it: it’s a 5.5-inch embodiment of lessons learned, not just from LG’s past endeavors, but also from Samsung’s. That the device would ever make it out of South Korea and into the US was an uncertainty. And by entering the market now, the G Pro risks coming off as a stopgap between the Note II and III, as well as LG’s own flagship G line.
Yet, LG found a way. It paired with AT&T to bring the G Pro, with its Snapdragon 600 processor and 1080p display, to the States as an exclusive. For $ 199 on a two-year plan, subscribers get an attractive package: LTE, NFC, 32GB of storage (expandable by up to 64GB via microSDXC), a gargantuan 3,140mAh battery and dual 2.1MP / 13MP cameras with the option for dual-recording. So, aided by some competitive pricing and top-shelf specifications, the G Pro reads on paper like a boss. But the window for that dominance is short. So while we wait for Samsung to attempt a three-peat in the category it created (a Note III could debut by summer’s end), let’s examine the G Pro and its 15 minutes of fame.
Gallery: LG Optimus G Pro review
The LG Optimus G Pro brings a massive upgrade to the LG Optimus G, a device put together so well that Google decided to use it for its most recent hero smartphone, the Nexus 4. The LG Optimus G Pro has been released internationally with essentially the same hardware build as you’re seeing here, AT&T’s
LG’s F-series handsets may not be in the same class an HTC One or GS4, but we can’t help to appreciate the solid specs and LTE-goodness baked into these mid-range devices. Following a debut alongside its F7 sibling at MWC, the F5 will begin trickling out to retail April 29th in France. While there’s no mention of US availability — despite a recent leak pegging it for Verizon — LG will also be soon be pushing it out to parts of Asia and Central / South America as well. Aimed at markets new to LTE, the smartphone packs a beefy 2,150mAh battery, five-megapixel camera, 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor and a 4.3-inch screen to display LG’s skinned version of Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. If you’re curious to give LTE a go with LG, you’ll find the full press release after the break.
An anonymous reader writes “Nearly one year after Linux creator Linux Torvalds publicly bashed NVIDIA and several years after their multi-GPU mobile technology premiered, the graphics vendor has finally delivered an Optimus-supported Linux driver. NVIDIA released the 319.12 Beta Linux driver that brings support for ‘RandR 1.4 GPU provider objects’ that basically allows for Optimus-like functionality when using the latest X Server, Linux kernel, and XRandR. The 319.12 beta also has many other features including better UEFI support, installer improvements, new pages on their settings panel, and new GPU support.”
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When we placed LG’s Optimus L7 into the palm of our reviewer, they found the handset to be stylish, with a cracking display, excellent battery life and a (then) up-to-date version of Android. Sadly, the party ended after that — with sluggish internals that can’t cope with the company’s UI tweaks, weak touchscreen and a lackluster camera. But we’re fairly sure our review didn’t dissuade all of you from buying one of these, so to those people we ask the following: what, if you were Mr. and Mrs. LG, would you have done differently?
If the diminutive Optimus L3II is too small for you, and the L7II too big, today’s porridge could be just right: LG’s Optimus L5II is now available. Following in the footsteps of L3II, this 4-inch dual-SIM smartphone will make its debut in Brazil, eventually trickling out to unspecified markets in Central / South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The handset’s 1Ghz processor and 512MB of RAM will be powering Jelly Bean of course (Android 4.1.2, specifically), layered in the latest LG UX specific tweaks: Quick Button and Safety Care. The launch of the L Series II’s middle child rounds out the second generation lineup, leaving LG to focus on matching the previous generation’s sales record. Looking for the official details? Read on for the full press release.
Today’s been a good day for smartphone updates. In addition to the One X on AT&T and the Droid RAZR on Verizon both receiving bumps to Jelly Bean, Sprint is giving another reason to smile with an update to Android 4.1.2 for the Optimus G. Along with the usual set of improvements such as Google Now, Chrome replaces the default Android browser in this release, and users will also find improved voice search and a new camera app. Additionally, users of alternative launchers will be glad to know that system widgets can be now be installed without root access. All in all, it’s high time that this top shelf smartphone made the leap into the world of Jelly Bean, so go ahead and grab the OTA update today.
Via: Sprint (Twitter)
After being teased, leaked and eventually revealed at Mobile World Congress, LG’s Optimus L7 is finally ready for consumption — at least in South Korea. Adopting the moniker of Optimus LTE III, the recently renamed handset boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 2,540mAh battery. If that’s not enough, the handset’s 4.7-inch display flaunts the same pixel counting “True HD IPS” display technology as its predecessor. LG seems to be positioning the LTE III as a transition device, promising feature phone users a user-friendly “easy mode” to help them through the growing pains of entering the smartphone world. No word on international availability, but LG fans with a flair for the mid-range can read the (machine translated) announcement for themselves after the break. Read Korean? Check out the rightmost source link.
This week we’ve had the pleasure of working with the brand new LG Optimus G Pro, taking photos as we covered the technology conference known as Mobile World Congress – of the 2013 variety. This device is one that we’ve now got in our possession still, and we’ll be bringing you a review in full
Today at Mobile World Congress, LG demoed a modified Optimus G that supports China Mobile’s forthcoming TD-LTE network, but just as weighty as the demonstration, the manufacturer also revealed that it’ll provide a full line of TD-LTE devices for the world’s largest mobile operator. While LG wasn’t able to nail down a specific date, it’s currently shooting for the second half of this year in order to compliment China Mobile’s TD-LTE rollout. Along with the Optimus G, it seems a safe bet that the two companies will be evaluating new smartphones such as the Optimus F7 and F5, along with the Optimus L7II and L5II as candidates to make the leap into the world of TD-LTE. Inquiring minds will find the full presser after the break.
The blink-and-you-miss-it phone you see above is the LG Optimus L3 II, the smallest in the Korean manufacturer’s trio of style-driven devices. Much like its predecessor, the L3 II is a 3.2-inch Android handset; the difference this time is the fact that it’s running Jelly Bean, a firmware version that way too many larger smartphones — even some new ones — are still lacking. The twist here is that only Android fans with small hands and no need for raw processing power need apply, as there’s only a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 chipset (MSM7225) and 512MB RAM running the magic behind the show. Additionally, we were greeted by a QVGA (320 x 240) resolution, 3.15MP rear camera and 1,540mAh battery.
The fact that such a small phone with rather “budget-friendly” specs can run Jelly Bean without too much concern is a fact-check to manufacturers that claim their older devices can’t be upgraded to it due to fears that it won’t perform properly. Granted, the device was slower than we’re accustomed to seeing on other Android 4.1 phones, but we have a feeling that it wouldn’t be that much different a story if it were using Ice Cream Sandwich.
When it comes to the fit and feel of the L3 II, you probably won’t be terribly surprised to learn that it wasn’t terribly comfortable, though admittedly we’re now conditioned to do hands-ons with phones as large as 5.5-inch (and even 6.1-inch). That said, its pebble-like form factor nearly got buried in our hands and it was difficult to see even the most trivial of apps, thanks to the vastly limited screen real estate. Still, we recognize that this particular size is designed to fit a very specific demographic, and it will likely delight anyone who is in the market for a smaller handset. Regardless of its size, the L3 II at least feels as if it’s made with solid build quality. The white version offers a matte finish, while the black remains glossy — and yes, a massively annoying fingerprint magnet.
Gallery: LG Optimus L3 II hands-on
LG Electronics, which lost market share to Huawei and ZTE last year, aims to sell 40 million smartphones this year as part of its strategy to move away from basic handsets, said Park Jong Seok, the head of its mobile-communications division, before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. If the South Korean company hits its goal, this means LG’s shipments will rise 52 percent this year. LG sold 26.3 million smartphones last year and 20.2 million in 2011. LG will rollout the Optimus G Pro in over 50 new countries in the next few months as part of its effort to compete with the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line.
LG Electronics launched the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 smartphones, which will bring LTE to a "mass audience."
Ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress, LG has unveiled two new handsets in the F-series, the Optimus F5 and the Optimus F7. These 4G LTE smartphones both feature mid-to-high range specs, and feature both the convenience of QSlide and the functionality of Live Zooming, which was previously only available for Optimus G. Both smartphones
LG’s forthcoming flagship, the 5.5 inch Optimus Pro G, has been confirmed for the U.S. market. Writing in a release on its website (translated from Korean by Google Translate), LG said the device will be released in international markets including North America and Japan in the second quarter of this year. Pricing has not been confirmed.
LG hasn’t been shy with the Optimus G Pro, its 5.5-inch 1080p quadcore behemoth, but now we know the oversized Android handset is headed to North America sometime in Q2 2013. Fronted by a 1920 x 1080 Full HD display that’s capable of 50-percent more brightness than rival phones, LG says, the Optimus G Pro also
LG finally showed off the XL 5.5-inch version of its upcoming Optimus G Pro at the end of a Facebook promo last week, and now it’s revealed a launch date in Korea, more specs and a window for its arrival in North America. Besides the extra screen space, the larger version also sports a slightly larger battery than the Japanese version announced previously by NTT Docomo, with 3,140mAh compared to 3,000, but keeps the 2GB of RAM, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 13MP rear camera, microSDXC slot and LTE.
Source: LG Korea
On Friday, January 18, a leaked image of the LG Optimus G Pro was sent to the folks over at Engadget by an unnamed source. Now, just a few days later, the handset has officially be unveiled in Japan. The announcement comes from NTT DoCoMo, and backs up everything we saw in the leak while
Remember how the LG Optimus G Pro saw its biggest leak in Japan? We might just know why. Local carrier NTT DoCoMo has confirmed the new flagship’s existence as part of a spring device lineup, and it’s everything that was rumored just days ago. LG is adding to the rapidly burgeoning crowd of 5-inch, 1080p phones while freshening the formula we’d seen in the regular Optimus G: there’s now a quicker, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a heftier 3,000mAh battery and Jelly Bean (albeit Android 4.1, not 4.2) out of the box. Other elements are familiar carryovers, such as the 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, 32GB of built-in storage, a microSDXC slot and LTE. Japanese buyers will have to wait until early April to pick up an Optimus G Pro for themselves; as LG hasn’t confirmed the phone separately, other countries’ launches are still up in the air.
This is the one place where it’s okay for us Engadget editors to be slightly behind the times. Back at CES a couple weeks ago, for instance, we got hands-on with the Securifi Almond+, a touchscreen router with a fancy all-white design and even fancier support for Zigbee / W-Wave home automation. Here in “IRL,” though, we’re just fine to talk about the OG Almond, which doesn’t offer quite so many add-ons. Rounding things out, we’ve also got some anecdotes about the Galaxy Note II and Optimus G, neither of which need an introduction at this point.
Look, I moonlight as the IT guy at the White House, okay? Now that we’re having such an honest conversation, I will say that I’ve been on the hunt for an ideal WiFi range extender for some time now. Western Digital’s My Net Wi-Fi Range Extender does a fine job, but a) it’s pretty large and b) it lacks bells and whistles. If you’re looking for an alternative that addresses both of those issues, let me introduce you to the other product I’d trust to stretch WiFi waves from the Situation Room to the Rose Garden: the Securifi Almond.
While this is a bona fide WLAN access point / router at heart, I was focused primarily on testing its range extension abilities. I plugged the unit in some 90 feet away from a Netgear N900, watched the colorful touchscreen dance to life, and then tapped on a few screens in the Wizard Guide to set it all up. We’ve all heard it before — “easy to set up!” — but this one’s truly capable of doing as advertised. Within four minutes, the unit had found my local 2.4GHz network, accepted my password and created a new network using that same password for areas that were previously out of reach.
In practice, it adds another 150-odd feet of range to my N900, and I saw no degradation in performance while streaming video. The touchscreen also continues to be useful after you’ve pecked in your information. You can have it display the local weather or the time, making it a pretty awesome glanceable piece of technology while it’s broadcasting in the background. Two quirks, though: one, the weather forecast (apparently) doesn’t update on its own, and two, the clock reversed AM and PM in my testing. Granted, both of these are in “Beta,” and I’m hoping the company adds even more functionality through OTA software updates — which the unit is fully capable of receiving.
The other bits you should know about: it won’t rebroadcast 5GHz signals (boo!), and it actually creates a new SSID (network name) instead of just amplifying your existing one. This means that once you walk out of range of your existing router, you need to disconnect and reconnect to a new network name, which is a slight hassle. Those things aside, it’s a solid performer at $ 80, and hopefully it’ll get even better once the updates begin to roll in.
— Darren Murph
Samsung Galaxy Note II
I was among the naysayers when Samsung released the Galaxy Note. Maybe it was my memories of the Streak 5 or perhaps it was just dread at the idea of carrying around a gargantuan handset. The Note’s massive success did little to change my perception, but it did make me look at its successor with respect. Spec bump aside, the Galaxy Note II is certainly a more mature product compared to the OG Note, what with its bag of software tricks and that improved S Pen. I can see the S Pen‘s usefulness for not only the creative types, but also obsessive note takers and for general tomfoolery. Add smooth performance and impressive battery life, and it makes the Note II quite a compelling proposition indeed.
Attempting to occupy that middle ground between smartphone and tablet, the Note II’s size is its chief strength as well weakness, depending on how you look at it. Despite the new one-handed mode that shrinks the keyboard and dialing pad and docks them to the side, I still think the large size is tough to handle with a single hand. Heck, even using the lockscreen slider to accept or reject calls might be an issue if you try doing it one-handed, making the pebble-smooth handset prone to slipping. Ditto when you stretch your thumb across the glass to pull down the notification bar or to reach any app controls placed on the top.
On the flip side, watching movies is lots of fun thanks to that big display, as is playing games. Apps like Flipboard also shine with some extra screen real estate. Features such as multi-window and pop-up video make great use of the extra screen real estate and add to the device’s pull factor, much more than having the same functionality on its smaller sibling, the Galaxy S III.
Basically, when it comes to smartphones, size does matter. It’s really up to you what you prefer — a large slab that can possibly help avoid the hassle of lugging both a phone and a tablet, or a conventional-sized blower that’s more pocket-friendly but leaves something to be desired when it comes to the media and app experience. Personally, I think of these high-end phablets as SUVs of the smartphone world — hardly easy to parallel park or squeeze into tight spaces — but big, powerful and spacious. Love ‘em or leave ‘em, they’re here to stay.
— Deepak Dhingra
LG Optimus G on Rogers
The Optimus G feels like the Nexus 4′s neglected cousin. Both LG phones are capable, but the Nexus 4′s status as the official Google phone — and the accompanying $ 350 unlocked price — tend to overshadow the Optimus G’s more traditional approach. I felt compelled to try the Optimus G on Rogers for a few weeks for just that reason. Is it worth it to give up stock Android and pay more, all so that you can score a few hardware advantages?
The Cliff’s Notes answer: yes. In some cases, anyway. The battery life could certainly clinch a few sales. Where the Nexus 4′s runtime is fairly average, the Optimus G has no problem lasting through a photo- and Twitter-heavy day. The 32GB of storage space is naturally useful for a hefty music collection like mine, too. LTE is indeed appreciated versus the Nexus 4′s dual-carrier HSPA+ 3G, although I’ll readily acknowledge that the 3G in my area is often fast enough. I’m even sanguine about the interface, despite my preference for pure Android. LG’s custom interface feels relatively unintrusive and light, at least next to Samsung’s TouchWiz. It mostly stays out of the way, and it doesn’t lean on gestures that might only be useful once in a blue moon (see: Samsung’s tilt-to-zoom).
If an unfettered Google experience isn’t a factor, about the only potential dealbreaker is that oh-so-frustrating camera focus system. The Optimus G’s camera (eight megapixels on the Rogers model) is fine in much of the time, but it’s tough to compose some macro or close-up portrait shots when the continuous autofocusing offers just a split second of sharpness before it readjusts; I’ve taken a few photos that looked fine in the preview but were blurred by the time I hit the capture button. If LG ever embraces traditional autofocus for the Optimus G’s camera, though, it’ll be easier to recommend it, regardless of whether the Nexus 4 is on the shopping list.
– Jon Fingas
LG proved with the Optimus G that it can produce a smartphone that stacks up with the best of ‘em, and according to the company’s newly released sales figures, consumers are starting to take notice. As it stands, more than 1 million Optimus G’s have been sold since the handset’s September debut. While the figure pales in comparison to heavyweights like the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5, that’s not too shabby for a phone that’s only been available in North America since November. Given the similarities between the Optimus G and the Nexus 4, we’re quite curious to know how sales of the two smartphones compare, but Google’s currently keeping those numbers close to its chest. That said, there’s little doubt that LG currently has its hands full at the production line.
Via: GSM Arena
Source: Yonhap News
If the LG Optimus G got you excited with its quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip paired with an LTE radio, you will want to check out the leaked slide that has turned up today. The slide was leaked to Engadget by an anonymous source and shows the LG Optimus G Pro smartphone. If the slide
LG’s Optimus G won the hearts of our reviewers, while finding the barely-different Nexus 4 is a feat worthy of a mythological hero. A tipster has sent us the above leaked slide, revealing that there’s a new(er) kid on LG’s block in the form of the Optimus G Pro. The 5-inch handset comes with an upgraded 1,920 x 1,080 display and is packing a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, 2GB RAM, 32GB Memory, LTE and a 3,000mAh battery — tallying with a separate leak we’ve spied on Blog of Mobile. Reportedly weighing in at 160 grams and measuring 139 x 70 x 10.1mm, there’s talk of Jelly Bean, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2.4-megapixel forward-facer for even better self portraiture. Naturally, as a Japanese phone, you’ll also find One-Seg and NOTTV functionality baked inside — which only adds to our complex that those in the Far East get all the best toys.
Source: Blog of Mobile
By now, it’s obvious that LG will be unveiling something at CES this year, but as far as what they have up their sleeve is still a mystery. The company released a new YouTube video that teases their upcoming press conference at CES 2013, and they provide a very quick and vague look at their
Although the Optimus G and its Nexus 4 cousin are clearly the darlings of LG’s mobile lineup, that isn’t precluding the Korean company from crowing about a milestone for its more pedestrian Optimus L-Series smartphones. The company has officially passed 10 million sales of L-Series phones spread across the entire line, ranging from the tiny L3 through to the extra-large L9. LG only makes a partial attempt at keeping itself grounded, though. While it’s quick to acknowledge that 10 million is a “modest” amount in the light of grander achievements, it directly credits the figure to rejecting rivals’ tendencies to put “all their eggs into a one-size-fits-all phone” — a not-so-subtle potshot at a certain competitor’s approach to budget models. Whether or not that’s valid criticism, we’d say a little braggadocio could be justified when most low-cost smartphones rarely get this kind of recognition.
CDMA-based Cricket has announced its first LTE smartphones, launching the Optimus Regard this week, while that rather popular Samsung Galaxy S III will shake hands with the carrier’s new 4G network on November 23rd. The Optimus Regard features a 1.2GHz processor, Android 4.0, 3.5-inch screen and 5-megapixel camera, with that humble spec sheet setting you back $ 250. Meanwhile, a few weeks later, Samsung’s flagship will land priced at $ 550 off-contract. Cricket is offering both devices on its new Double Data plan that offers (for now, at least) double the monthly data allowance of its 3G plans. The $ 50 plan nets your 2GB of data, while $ 60 gets 5GB and $ 70 will offer 10GB of data. If you’re mildly tempted by either the Galaxy S III or the humbler (cheaper) Optimus can read up on the full offering at the sources below.
Most of us know that when it comes to smartphones, it’s a constant struggle to find the right balance between power, looks, and affordability, with affordability normally losing out in the end. The problem most of the time is that the affordable phones don’t always look the best and typically don’t have the best hardware
We’re fans of the LG Optimus G, although the custom ROM lovers among us might want to tamp down their expectations after this. We’ve confirmed comments to Android Central that the late 2012 flagship has a locked bootloader much like the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus Vu that went before it — any serious experimentation with a typical carrier variant could at least require jumping through some hoops, if it’s possible at all. It might not matter much for the sort who cares about bootloaders, though. If statements by other LG staffers are more than just wishful thinking, there could be a Nexus variant of the Optimus G next week that’s as good as a blank slate for modders.
According to a leaked roadmap on TMoNews, the magenta carrier appears to have a few tantalizing offerings coming its way this holiday season. A curious BlackBerry handheld dubbed the Armstrong, a color refresh of the Samsung Galaxy S II, a possibly Android-flavored Huawei Summit and the LG Optimus L9 are all slated to launch just on or before Halloween. Going into the next month, we see the HTC Windows PhoneX making the pre-Thanksgiving cut with a potential debut of November 14th. Notably absent are the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Nokia Lumia 810, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be there when December rolls around. Of course, this info didn’t come through official channels, so we wouldn’t bank on any of the handsets as holiday gifts just yet. Still, its nice to know they’re coming, and you can get the full details on these and other devices at the source.
LG‘s most anticipated device yet is about to hit the US next month. The Optimus G will be the company’s flagship phone, and they created this four-minute-long “product movie” that showcases some of the more notable features of the Optimus G, like QSlide and the camera’s Live Shot and Time Catch Shot features. The video
Well, we’re finally getting a look at the US edition of LG’s Optimus G and surprise, surprise, it’s not that terribly different from the version we got to play with in both Korea and NYC last month. We’re still looking at that stunning 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS PLUS display, a speedy Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a hefty 2,100mAh battery and 16GB storage — on this model, at least. But what, if anything, has changed on this Android 4.0 handset now that it’s here in the US cruising along on AT&T’s LTE network? Keep reading after the break to find out.
Gallery: LG Optimus G for AT&T hands-on
Whether or not there’s a 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio spot in the world to fit LG’s Optimus Vu is still up for debate, but the company is pressing on and has now officially revealed specs for its follow up, the Optimus Vu II. Matching the specs leaked previously the CPU is a Qualcomm MSM8960 that’s a newer design than the previous one, but is still a dual-core chip clocked at 1.5GHz. The RAM has been doubled to 2GB, the battery is just a hair larger at 2,150mAh and it will come with Android 4.0 out of the box plus that integrated IR blaster and QRemote software to control your home theater. The VoLTE capability listed in the leak is here and accounted for, as well as a Rubberdium Pen 2.0 stylus with a thinner, more precise nub. One thing we hadn’t heard about is its optional “One Key” accessory, a waterproof fob intended for your key ring that can be pressed to make your phone beep loudly if you need to find it, and light up blue or red to alert you when there are messages or if it has finished charging. The Optimus Vu II is priced at 966,900 won ($ 864) in Korea, though we’ll have to wait for a US announcement to have any idea how much it will cost when it ships here.
Gallery: LG Optimus Vu II
Having put the phat back in phablet with its original 4:3 aspect ratio, 5-inch Optimus Vu, LG seems bent on releasing a successor already, the Optimus Vu II, according to a leak from Korean blog Bad IT Tong. The new Galaxy Note II challenger would carry the same form factor and 1080 x 768 IPS screen as the current Vu model, while doubling the RAM to 2GB, bumping the Qualcomm processor to an 8960 1.5GHz dual-core model (not the international quad-core version) and keeping the LTE radio from its US Intuition variant. It would come out of the box with Android 4.0, an 8-megapixel rear shooter, 32GB of storage and a 2080 mAh battery, judging by the leaked image above — all specs we’ve seen before. There’s no word yet on US pricing, availability, a stylus or an intriguing universal remote app teased by LG, but recent purchasers of the original Optimus Vu might be feeling left in a technology wake.
The merriment continues at evleaks, which just spilled another smartphone via Twitter. This time it’s the LG Venice for Boost Mobile: a rebadged version of the Optimus L7 that just so happens to sport a handsome silvery backplate. This is the second version of the Optimus L7 to be geared for US shores, the first being the Splendor for US Cellular. Absent any drastic changes, shoppers can rightfully expect to find an Android 4.0 smartphone that’s paired with a single-core 1GHz CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera that’ll capture video at 720p. Unfortunately, pricing for the Venice remains up in the air, which makes it difficult to know whether it’ll provide much of a value proposition within Boost’s lineup. Likewise, the all-important release date is also a mystery, although with the carrier actively refreshing its fall lineup, a near-term arrival is certainly within reason.
Yesterday the folks from LG finally officially announced and released their new flagship Android smartphone, the LG Optimus G, for the Korean market. Today however LG has confirmed this new flagship smartphone will be headed to the US by November. If you loved that quad-core processor and 13 megapixel camera then don’t worry, because it’s
LG said its Optimus G smartphone with a fast quad-core processor and LTE service will go on sale in the U.S. in November.
LG Electronics will launch the Optimus G smartphone next week in South Korea, pinning high hopes on the new Android device to help revive its loss-making mobile business.
The next-generation LG Optimus G has been shown off once again before its full launch which will almost certainly be taking place extremely soon – here in a video spot from Korea. This video advertisement shows the device being worked with and played with by a set of happy customers and appears to fit rather
LG’s latest L-series smartphone, the Optimus L9, has just breezed (elegantly) through the FCC’s radio frequency trial-by-screwdriver. The dinner-jacket-white clad Android smartphone is part of the “L-Style design philosophy” from the Korean maker, which emphasizes budget panache over brute performance. As such, it’s a handsome but plasticky device, with a 4.7-inch IPS screen, ICS, qtranslator language app, dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 2,150mAh battery and 5-megapixel shooter. Vodafone in Europe showed the price as €340 unsubsidized or €50 on contract, but a member of the L-series family has yet to cross the pond. However, a surprise peek of its Optimus L7 sibling as US Cellular’s upcoming Splendor shows there’s some hope for a stateside cameo.
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Samsung’s initial plans to equip the Galaxy Note II with a 13-megapixel camera were scuppered by supplier shortages, insiders claim, with LG snapping up the bulk of the high-res sensors for its new flagship. The new stylus-enabled 5.5-inch “phablet” that Samsung announced at IFA has an 8-megapixel camera, like its predecessor, but the company had
Linux godfather Linus Torvalds may have a frosty relationship with NVIDIA, but that hasn’t stopped the company from improving its hardware’s support for the open-source operating system. In fact, the chipset-maker is working on the OS’ compatibility with its Optimus graphics switching tech, which would enable laptops to conserve power by swapping between discrete and integrated graphics on the fly. In an email sent to a developer listserv, NVIDIA software engineer Aaron Plattner revealed that he’s created a working proof of concept with a driver. There’s no word on when the Tux-loving masses may see Optimus support, but we imagine that day can’t come soon enough for those who want better battery life while gaming on their mobile machines.
LG has announced its latest Android smartphone, the Optimus L9, delivering a sizable 4.7-inch IPS display and Ice Cream Sandwich for the budget to midrange market. Slotting in beneath the LG Optimus G revealed yesterday, the Optimus L9 has a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, running the company’s customized reskin of Android 4.0. There’s