F3 uses 4.0-inch WVGA display, dual-core processor
An image allegedly of the LG Optimus F3 has appeared online. The smartphone, following on from the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 revealed at Mobile World Congress in February, is said to be heading to Sprint later this quarter, alongside the Optimus G Pro, and is expected to be a mid-range offering from the manufacturer and carrier.
List includes nine smartphones, one tablet, one Raku-Raku device
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed the lineup of mobile devices that it will start offering over the summer. Eleven models make the cut, including nine smartphones, one tablet, and one "Raku-Raku" simplified smartphone. Notable additions include a new Sony Xperia smartphone, the Aquos Phone Zeta, and the Aquos Pad tablet from Sharp.
LG prepping new 'phablet,' but precious few other details so far
An LG ‘phabet’ has been leaked courtesy of @evleaks, although it remains a mystery at this point what it is and where it fits into LG's product line. The device looks similar to the 5.5-inch LG Optimus G Pro, which has just gone up for pre-order with AT&T. However, it is possible that it features a slightly larger display edge-to-edge display as it omits the home button found at the bottom of the Optimus G Pro. It also seems to omit physical buttons on the sides of the device as well.
Nexus 4 successor reportedly in the works
Google may be working with South Korean electronics manufacturer LG in order to develop a follow-up to last year's Nexus 4 handset. The rumored handset could be a retooling of the existing device, as was reported last month, but it may in fact be a new and distinct Nexus phone. The two companies are said to be discussing how they can further collaborate going forward.
Discounts on $200 up-front charge for phone trade-ins
AT&T has officially announced it will be bringing the LG Optimus G Pro to its network. Confirming previous rumors, the carrier will be offering the smartphone on a two-year contract with an up-front $200 charge, with pre-orders online and in retail stores starting from May 3rd for a release one week later, on May 10th.
Revision for Korean carrier KT has smaller 5-inch display
A version of the LG Optimus G with features borrowed from the Optimus G Pro is heading to Korea. The Optimus GK has a five-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 440ppi, and though it has a smaller screen than its Pro equivalent, it keeps most of the internal specifications the same, just as the Optimus G Pro released specifically for Japan.
Rest of World release of curved HDTV expected within months
LG is putting curved OLED televisions on sale earlier than first thought. The electronics producer is opening up its 55-inch EA9800 to pre-orders in Korea today, with shipments in the country expected in June. The HDTV's release outside of Korea will apparently be announced in the coming months, along with regional pricing.
LG reassures investors with plans for first flexible OLED smartphone
LG is said to be planning its first flexible OLED smartphone for a Q4 release this year, reports the Wall Street Journal [sub. req.]. The company made the indication at its Q1 conference call, where it revealed that its net profits plunged 91 percent from the same period in 2012. The displays are not only curved, but are also shatter proof, which should help to address a long standing issue for smartphone owners who have inadvertently dropped their devices.
Plasma TV, IT sales affect LG home entertainment division revenues
LG has seen an erosion of profits in the first quarter, according to the latest quarterly results. Operating profits fell 22 percent to $322.8 million compared to the first quarter of 2012, with net profit also falling 91 percent year-on-year to $20.3 million, though both are an improvement from the $100 million operating profit and the $427 million net loss of the previous quarter.
Android smartphone to catch up with other flagship devices
Google is working to manufacture a 32GB version of the Nexus 4 with LTE support, according to a rumor. The smartphone built with LG, will reportedly receive a boost in storage from the 8GB and 16GB models already available, along with the speedy 4G LTE connectivity seen in other flagship smartphones.
Curved screen to eliminate image distortion to viewer
LG has confirmed it will be placing a curved OLED TV on sale by the end of the year. The EA9800 TV, measuring 55 inches and first shown off at CES earlier this year, will be part of the first curved releases, with other larger televisions planned to be shipped at around the same time, though the exact shipping dates are unknown.
LG is planning to create an updated version of the Optimus G smartphone, something that could launch by the third quarter of this year. The device will apparently have a screen that is closer to five inches in size, smaller than the 5.5-inches used by the Optimus G Pro, and is set to be a globally-released handset.
Customers allegedly waiting for next-gen Mini
iPad mini shipments are expected to decline about 20 to 30 percent in the current quarter, say supply chain sources for DigiTimes. Apple is already believed to be cutting its Mini reserves, from roughly 15 million in the previous quarter to between 10 and 12 million. The shipment forecast is being blamed on people waiting for the release of a second-generation Mini, even though the first-gen tablet shipped in November.
Optimus smartphones to extend LTE-capable catalog of carriers
A pair of LG Optimus smartphones with LTE connectivity appear to be heading to US carriers in the coming months. The Optimus G Pro is rumored to land on AT&T at some point in May, while the Optimus F7 will apparently become Boost Mobile's third LTE-capable device, and has already appeared in an image in its carrier-branded form.
Investigation instigated by police, not LG
The headquarters of Samsung Display has been searched by police, as part of an investigation into possible OLED technology theft. Officers from the South Metropolitan Police Agency searched the offices in Asan, South Korea, for documents relating to the leak of secrets to LG, specifically anything that can show if Samsung itself is involved.
Tablet expected to be thinner, Mini-like
Mass production of the fifth-generation iPad is only slated to start in a July-August window, say DigiTimes sources in Taiwan-based supply companies. The people add that the display is expected to be manufactured by Sharp and LG Display, while touch panel assembly will be done by TPK, and ITO thin film will come from Nitto Denko and Teijin. Some earlier rumors had an iPad announcement taking place as soon as this month.
LG Optimus G Pro is fastest selling LG smartphone to date
LG has celebrated its Optimus G Pro 5.5-inch ‘phablet’ crossing the 500,000 sales mark in its home market of South Korea. The company has achieved the milestone in just 40 days, which is a record for any handset made by the company. Until now, LG has played second-fiddle to arch rival Samsung in the smartphone space, however its latest line Optimus G smartphones along with its Nexus 4 has helped to increase its profile while also garnering positive reviews.
Supply seen as major obstacle
Apple's long-anticipated TV set will use a 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) panel, according to supply chain sources reached by DigiTimes. The sometimes-accurate trade paper says that Apple and its main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, have been in talks for some time about the TV's production schedule. Apple, though, has reportedly been worrying about where to get panels from, since Ultra HD suppliers are predicted to be working at nearly full capacity in 2013 just to meet demand from China-based TV vendors.
Refrigerator capacity fight reaches Seoul District Court
Samsung is suing LG over allegations it is tainting the value of Samsung's brand. The lawsuit, filed in the Seoul District Court in South Korea, sees Samsung demanding 50 billion won ($45 million) in compensation for "tarnishing its corporate image", and is the latest move in the ongoing feud between the two electronics manufacturers over its refrigerators.
Report claims LG joining race to develop smartwatch
LG is building their own smartwatch, according to reports. A source of the Korea Times claims the South Korean electronics manufacturer was developing such a device, though did not reveal if it would operate under Android, Firefox OS, or another operating system. The report follows other claims that Apple, Google, and Samsung are working on their own versions, in order to catch up with the Kickstarter-funded Pebble and the Sony SmartWatch.
OLED lawsuit dropped, settlement details unknown
Samsung is reportedly dropping its lawsuit against LG over the alleged leakage of details relating to Samsung's OLED and LCD technology. Part of an ongoing feud between the two companies, the suit has apparently been laid to rest, after both parties were supposedly in discussions over the matter this month.
Smart Pause in S4 similar to Smart Video in Optimus G Pro
LG is accusing Samsung of infringing a patent relating to eye-tracking technology. A patent for the Smart Video feature of the LG Optimus G Pro, which automatically pauses a video when the user looks away from the device, may have been infringed by a similar feature called Smart Pause in the Samsung Galaxy S4.
LG would-be Nexus 5 features 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 800
The first purported leak of the Google Nexus 5 has surfaced courtesy of Androidandme. Google is reportedly evaluating a number of prototype devices from several manufacturers, although the details of a model submitted by LG, codenamed ‘Megalodon,’ has been the first to leak out. If accurate, the LG’s would-be Nexus 5 promises to continue the trend towards ever-larger displays packing a 5.2-inch 1080p OLED display.
LG takes a stab at Samsung ahead of Galaxy S4 launch
LG has ambushed the high profile Samsung Galaxy S4 launch in Times Square with a cheeky billboard that parodies the Samsung teaser. The LG billboard, which is placed directly above the Samsung billboard, proclaims that the ‘LG Optimus G is here 4 you now.’ It recalls similar parodies that Samsung has visited upon Apple with its own advertising campaigns, although in this instance, Samsung finds itself on the receiving end.
LG reveals second take on its 27-inch Personal Smart TV
LG has revealed its revamped 27-inch Personal Smart TV MT93. As with the original, the device supports PC inputs over HDMI allowing it to do double duty as both a monitor and TV in rooms where space is at a premium. While the original sported a chrome/silver bezel, the new model sports an ultrathin black bezel while it also incorporates a redesigned stand.
OLED screen measures 4.5mm thick, under 22lb
LG has opened up pre-orders for its 55-inch OLED HD television in the United Kingdom. Shipping to customers in the US and South Korea later this month, the 55EM970V weighs less than 22 pounds, measures 4.5mm (0.18-inches) thick, and though will not offer the same Ultra-HD resolution as its larger 84-inch counterpart, it will still provide what is claimed to be "exceptional picture quality."
January drop, if true, is steep even for traditional slow period
According to a report from the mixed-accuracy Taiwanese trade paper DigiTimes, one of Apple's suppliers for 9.7-inch iPad displays saw a 90 percent drop in production from December to January. Orders for full-size displays went from six million units to 600,000, a figure that is seen as exceptionally low even for the traditionally slower calendar second quarter. Blame for the dramatic drop is attributed by the paper to ongoing and growing popularity of the iPad mini, which accounted for the majority of the five million displays LG shipped to Apple.
Refreshed versions of Optimus L smartphone line
LG is showing off a number of other handsets in the Optimus range aside from the Optimus Pro G, as part of their product launch at Mobile World Congress. The Optimus L 5 II and Optimus L 7 II are upgraded and refreshed versions of existing Optimus L phones, including the addition of a single core 1GHz processor to the L 5 II, and a dual-core variant for the L 7 II. Electronista put both Optimus L handsets through their paces at the event.
Companies had been partnering on the OS for some time before sale
Hewlett Packard said today that it is selling its troubled WebOS operating system to LG Electronics. LG had worked with HP on the operating system, and is expected to use it for its line of smart televisions. Both companies declined to reveal the terms of the deal.
Full HD, 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 600
Shortly after being revealed in both Japan and South Korea, LG has brought its Optimus G Pro to Mobile World Congress, as part of its four-tier Optimus strategy. Electronista managed to spend some time with the Pro variant of the Optimus G, which includes a full HD IPS display measuring 5.5 inches, three quarters of an inch larger than its predecessor, the Optimus G.
Formal announcement follows Twitter photo leak
LG has formally unveiled two smartphones in its Optimus line, both with 4G LTE connectivity. The Optimus F5 and Optimus F7, leaked yesterday over Twitter, are mid-range and high-end offerings respectively, with the F7 having the larger 4.7-inch True HD IPS display while the F5 uses a slightly smaller 4.3-inch IPS counterpart.
Front face of LG smartphones shown on Twitter
Two LG smartphones have apparently leaked online, ahead of the company's press event at Mobile World Congress next week. Images purportedly of the LG Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 have appeared on Twitter, shortly after the company teased its upcoming releases for the event with a YouTube video that focused on four letters and the word "Tag."
Mobile devices will be associated with letter V, L, F, and G
LG has teased that it could be showing off as many as four new smartphones at Mobile World Congress next week. A teaser video on YouTube shows a number of references to the word "Tag", as well as highlighting specific letters in words: The V in "The View," the L in "The Style," the F in "The Freedom", and the G in "The Greatness."
New line in South Korean factory to produce TV panels
LG Display is planning to boost its organic light emitting diode (OLED) efforts with a 706 billion won ($657 million) investment. The boost of cash will go towards an eighth-generation OLED TV panel manufacturing line at its P9 plant in Paju, South Korea, expanding its current manufacturing processes by a considerable amount.
LG Optimus G Pro, 5.5-inch display, 400ppi, Snapdragon 600
After giving its latest flagship smartphone an official reveal for the Korean market, LG has announced that the Optimus G Pro will be will be headed to the US market in Q2. The 5.5-inch ‘phablet will also be the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s new quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, which incorporates a range of architectural enhancements over the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. The new chip also brings with it an enhanced Adreno 320 GPU, for better graphics performance.
LG Optimus G Pro headed to South Korea with quad-core CPU
LG has made its Optimus G Pro for South Korea official, with the device set to reach users by the end of the month. The Optimus G Pro differs from the 5-inch version recently unveiled for the Japanese market in its screen size only, with its cutting edge internal components carrying over. LG is also touting the curved glass on the new handset, which it says creates a ‘2.5G’ effect, which we will be keen to examine at Mobile World Congress first hand.
Suggests Apple interest in OLED panels
Apple has hired a former senior researcher at LG Display, Dr. Jueng-jil Lee, reports say. Lee was reportedly involved in LG's efforts at working on a printed AMOLED TV. Before joining that employer, he is said to have been responsible for development at Cambridge Display Technology (now part of Sumitomo), a company specializing in polymer-based OLED material.
BlackBerry, Nokia, Motorola cede ground
Together Apple and Samsung seized about 103 percent of 2012 cellphone industry profits, and 101 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Canaccord Genuity estimates. Breaking down the 2012 figure, Apple claimed 69 percent, while Samsung took 34. A total greater than 100 is possible because of operating losses at companies like BlackBerry, Motorola, and Nokia.
Streaming service agreement varies by region
Streaming music service Deezer has signed new agreements with LG, Toshiba, and Samsung. The deals sees both Samsung and Toshiba smart televisions in various regions receive the app for the first time, while the LG will extend it's existing agreement with Deezer to cover more markets, and onto newer products.
LG, Sharp tapped as panel suppliers
The fifth-generation iPad will use the same G/F2 (DITO) thin-film touchscreen format as the iPad mini, claim industry sources for DigiTimes. The fourth-gen model uses a more conventional G/G touchscreen arrangement, but the sources suggest that Apple may feel it has enough supply of DITO to carry it over to the flagship iPad. The technology could help make the tablet even thinner and lighter than it is currently.
Ships more units than Samsung for first time
For the first time, Apple has surpassed Samsung in quarterly US cellphone shipments, according to new estimates by Strategy Analytics. During the fourth quarter of 2012, Apple shipped roughly 17.7 million units, while Samsung shipped 16.8 million. Until now, Samsung has been the leading US phone vendor since 2008; in Q4 2011, for instance, the numbers were 12.8 million and 13.5 million, respectively. The achievement may be particularly significant as the Strategy Analytics data includes not just smartphones, but basic "feature" phones as well. Apple only produces smartphones, while Samsung sells significant numbers of "feature" phones as well as smartphones.
Includes 5-megapixel camera, Cheese Shutter feature
MetroPCS has added the LG Spirit 4G to its growing roster of LTE-capable smartphones. The spiritual successor to the LG Motion 4G, Esteem, and Connect 4G, the Spirit 4G offers a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 960x540-resolution and protection via Gorilla Glass, as well as connectivity to the carrier's 4G LTE network.
Next LG Optimus L7 makes unofficial debut in Russia
LG looks set to begin the 2013 revamp of its L-series range of entry-level smartpphones. The first to surface is what may be the sequel to the Optimus 7, which has been leaked through Russian website Hi.tech.mail.ru. The Korean archrival to Samsung revealed that it sold 8.6 million Android smartphones last quarter and is aiming to build on that this quarter.
Google Nexus 4 in white leaked ahead of launch
A white version of Google’s popular LG-manufactured Nexus 4 smartphone has surfaced thanks to an anonymous Phone Arena source. The device had previously been rumored to arrive late last year, but has not materialized until now. LG has had trouble matching supply with demand for the original black model, which could explain why it has been delayed.
LG takes on MacBook Pro Retina with U560 15.6-inch ultrabook
LG has introduced the U560 15.6-inch Windows 8 ultrabook. The device centers on 1080p IPS display for wide viewing angles and better color accuracy. It appears to be positioned as a Windows alternative to the 15.4-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display, coming in slightly lighter than the 4.46 pounds MacBook.
LG Optimus makes late global rollout
Coinciding with NTT DoCoMo’s announcement that it will be among the first to get LG’s very latest superphone, the 5-inch 1080p Optimus G Pro, LG has announced that its 1 million-selling Optimus G will make a belated global rollout. First unveiled in late August, the Optimus G will reach 50 new markets this month. Not including its Nexus 4-variant, the Optimus G has only been available in Korea, Japan, and North America since its debut.
LG Optimus G Pro revealed with larger display, faster CPU
The LG Optimus G Pro has made its debut in Japan, joining the ranks of the new wave of Android superphones packing 5-inch, 1080p displays. Similarly, it also runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, although this one is clocked slightly higher than some at 1.7GHz. If LG follows a similar rollout plan as it did for the 4.7-inch Optimus G, the new Optimus G Pro should be one of the next markets to be inline for the device.
LG said to prep new Nexus devices for MWC
The LG-produced Nexus 4 smartphone, which Google has had significant trouble keeping in stock, may be put on the back burner by the Korean manufacturer in favor of newer Nexus handsets set to debut soon. At CES last week, LG Electronics senior vice president James Fisher hinted that the Nexus 4 was just "the first of many" Nexus products the company was working on, with the implication being that LG could be rolling out a Nexus tablet or smartphone device in the near future. Observers believe that LG could launch its next Nexus device as soon as this year's Mobile World Congress, to be held in Barcelona in late February.
Phone allegedly seeing 'weaker-than-expected' demand
Apple is slashing its parts orders for the iPhone 5 due to demand falling lower than expected, say Wall Street Journal sources. For the current quarter Apple has reportedly cut screen orders to about half of what it had originally planned for. The sources note that Apple told suppliers about reduced orders last month; one source elaborates that more than just screens have been affected. Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display Co. are allegedly the main suppliers for iPhone 5 screen panels.
Lamination issues allegedly slowing down panel making
Recent shipping delays for the 27-inch iMac can be blamed on production problems at LG Display, say industry sources reached by DigiTimes. The people claim that LG has been encountering trouble with lamination, limiting the number of screens it can send out for assembly. Only about 100,000 27-inch systems can be shipped each month, the sources say.