Smart watches are not everyone’s “cup of tea”, but one thing we all can agree on is they need better battery life. LG has unveiled a new hexagonal battery that is designed to fit circular smartwatches. The batteries are said to not only fit better bringing possibly slimmer smart watches, but also improve battery life.
Compared to previous rectangular or square batteries for circle Smart Watches, its use of space and degree of freedom in design are much better because its shape is similar to a circle. It can miniaturize products and it can increase battery capacity up to 25%. It is predicted that battery’s life will increase 4 more hours compared to previous ones.
The way the batteries work is by a process called “stack and folding”. This patented process will be able to make different shaped batteries such as a L-shaped battery or a “donut” shaped battery.
LG plans on bringing the hexagonal batteries into mass production by the end of the year.
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Quite a few smartwatches are round, so why are they still using rectangular batteries? LG Chem certainly doesn’t think that makes sense. It just started shipping a hexagonal battery that should deliver 25 percent more capacity in circular watches, where a lot of space normally goes to waste. You’re theoretically getting another four hours of juice, or enough to make it through a long night without resorting to a low-power mode. The company isn’t naming customers, but it’s safe to say that LG’s next wave of rounded wristwear will last that much longer. And that’s just the start — LG is planning more unusually-shaped batteries that will extend the running time of gadgets without dictating their look and feel.
Source: Korea Times
First up is the Tribute 2 is $99.99. It has a 4.5-inch, 854 x 480p IPS display and a 1,900mAh battery that offers up to 16 hours of talk time. In comparison, the first Tribute contained a 4.5-inch, 800 x 480p display.
Next, the Volt 2 comes in at a $149.99 price point. This device has a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720p IPS display, which is an upgrade over the 4.7-inch, 960 x 540p display on its predecessor. In addition, the front-facing camera is now 5MP, rather than 1.3MP, and the rear-facing camera is 8MP.
The common specs of each device include a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and enhanced LTE. They also come with features such as Knock Code (a personalized knock sequence to wake and unlock the smartphones), Gesture Shot (which allows the user to take a photo by holding up a hand gesture), Gesture Interval Shot (this takes four selfies at once), and Selfie Light (this improves photo quality in low light).
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By the way LG continues to pump out smartwatches (three models within a year), it can be said that they are highly invested in the wearable movement. The news we’ve received today backs that up, as we get a glimpse on the LG’s R&D effort to make the most out of smartwatch battery capacity.
As reported on Korean tech news site, etnews, LG Chem has developed a coin-sized Hexagon Battery, intended to most efficiently utilize the space within circular smartwatches.
It is said that the shape and degree of freedom in the hexagonal design can increase battery capacity up to 25% (estimated at 4 more hours of use). LG Chem refers to the battery assembling technology as ‘Free Form Battery’. It uses a ‘Stack & Folding’ technique that allows it to be constructed in any shape or form.
It’s great to see someone recognizing that slapping on a square battery on a circular smartwatch isn’t the best solution, especially when battery life in smartwatches hasn’t been anything to brag about. LG Chem plans to have the Hexagon Battery in mass-production by the end of the year.
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Boost Mobile already offers a ton of attractive handsets that don’t break the bank, and today it looks like the Sprint MVNO is getting two more. The LG Tribute 2 and LG Volt 2 budget smartphones are now available for purchase for $99.99 and $149.99, respectively.
For starters, the Tribute 2 offers up a 4.5-inch IPS display with 854 x 480 resolution, a 1900mAh battery, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It also comes with 4G LTE connectivity, a 5MP rear-facing camera and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. The LG Volt 2 features a 5.0-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, a beefy 2540mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. This device has an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 4G LTE connectivity, and also runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Featuring LG’s iconic rear-mounted volume and power/standby keys, these two devices will give users the high-end smartphone feeling without the high cost. Additionally, both handsets come with a few familiar LG software features like Knock Code and QuickMemo+, and even handy camera features like Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot. If you’re interested in taking a closer look at either of the new smartphones, head to the links below for more information.
Battery resarchers may be focusing on innovative new materials and flexible designs, but research in this field is also opening up opportunities for batteries in new weird and wonderful shapes. LG Chem has just announced a new hexagonal battery design that could have a lot to offer the growing wearables market.
The hexagonal battery makes us of LG Chem’s patented “Stack & Folding” method. This technology injects electrolytes after stacking anode material, separation film, and cathode material layer by layer. This results in greater freedom in design, energy density, and more stable performance than the commonplace Winding method.
LG is the first to announce such a shaped battery and is planning to have the battery enter mass production before the end of 2015.
“A reason why we are mass-producing Hexagon Batteries are due to increased recent demands for circular design. We have worked together with global IT companies on developing battery technologies for Smart Watches.” – LG Chem
Clearly, a hexagonal design can make a much more efficient use of the space inside a circular smartwatch design than a square battery. LG expects that this superior use of space could increase battery capacity by up to 25 percent, which could result in up to 4 hours more screen on-time with your typical smartwatch. Although not every wearable product will find use for this battery shape, smartwatches are mostly beginning to confirm to more traditional circular designs.
The company is also working on other battery shapes for different products, including L-shape and ‘doughnut’ batteries with a hole in the middle. In the past, the company has also shown off its curved and wire battery prototypes.
Gartner research predicts that smartwatches will make up 40 percent of the watch market by 2016 and that over 200 million smartwatches will have shipped by 2020. LG is setting itself up to power a good portion of these devices over the coming years.
LG has now launched the latest variant of its flagship smartphone, the G4 Stylus in Greece. It’s available to purchase for €259 ($290) from online retailer E-Shop and will leave the warehouse on Tuesday, June 30.
The Stylus was announced by LG last month and packs a 5.7-inch Full HD IPS display, a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 410 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, an integrated stylus and a 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery.
Out of the box, the handset runs the latest build of Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with LG’s custom user interface, but is expected to receive the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update in the not-too-distant future.
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Google gave us a preview of the yet-to-be released next version of Android, Android M (6.0) at the 2015 Google I/O event. This sparked the big question of how will the next version of Android be released to the world. According to recent rumors, Google is planning on releasing its next OS alongside a new Nexus device, known to be at this point the Nexus 5 2015, codenamed “LG Angler”. The new device is hypothesized to be released by the end of this year, alongside a Nexus tablet that Huawei will most likely be in charge of making. The specs of the upcoming Nexus 5 2015 are still to-be-annouced, however users do have high expectations which will force Google and LG to release a device with the latest specs and tech available in the mobile market. We definitely expect to see a Full HD resolution touchscreen (5-inch minimum) with a possibility of a Quad HD panel as well. The new Nexus device will certainly feature a fingerprint sensor to take advantage of Android M’s new native fingerprint identification support. In terms of internal specs, the new Nexus will most likely come with the snapdragon 810 or 808, 3GB of RAM and come with 32GB, 64GB or 128 GB of internal storage options. In addition, wireless charging and fast charging should be included in the package, and most certainly, a USB Type C port. Finally, according to a person close with the engineering team at Google said that the new Nexus will have a major design improvement with a more durable body made up of a specific type of strong carbon fiber.
Another important question to ask at this moment is whether the new Nexus 5 2015 or so-called “LG Angler” will feature a built-in non-removable battery or not. Having a removable battery does offer a great advantage as batteries do wear out and having the option of removing the battery yourself and replacing with a new one is always preferable.
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A new massive benchmark from Tom’s Guide has put six of the best performing smartphones on the market against each other to see which phone came out on top in a variety of situations. The tests measured everything from real-life performance and tasks you’d typically do on your smartphone every day, to gaming and other benchmarks. The test measured the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One M9, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and Apple iPhone 6, so there’s a very wide variety of hardware here.
What’s definitely going to be great news for Samsung, their Galaxy S6 finished in 1st place a vast majority of the benchmarks, including PDF loading times, gaming performance, WiFi speed, and a handful of benchmarks. This can probably be attributed to Samsung’s own zippy Exynos processor, their very fast memory modules, and the insanely fast flash storage they opted to use in the S6. Surprisingly, though, the LG G4 beats out the S6 in camera opening time. Considering how much Samsung mentioned the quick camera shortcut on the home button, you’d think that would have scored better in a benchmark. But hey. props to LG for pulling that off.
The G4 scored 1st in camera opening time, as well as a Basemark OSII Memory test. Interestingly, the G4 pretty typically beat out the Snapdragon 810 powered HTC One M9. Considering the G4 has a higher resolution and only a Snapdragon 808 processor, this is almost irrefutable proof that the 810 has some problems. The only benchmark that the M9 came out ahead in was a 3dMark benchmark.
Another note worth mentioning is how poorly the Nexus 6 runs compared to other devices. It held up fairly well in benchmarks, but in real world tests, it was pretty consistently dead last, beaten by the Zenfone 2 and HTC’s M9. Considering Nexus phone are supposed to run very fast, completely stock versions of Android, that’s more than a little disappointing.
source: Tom’s Guide
via: Android Authority
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An unlocked European version of the LG G4 is selling on eBay for $499. This deal applies to the metallic grey, white, and gold colours of the device. There are only limited quantities available, so if you want to pick one up, you’ll need to act fast.
The European variant is compatible with many LTE networks, supporting a variety of bands–1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20 and 28. That said, you should have no problem using this device on networks like AT&T or T-Mobile.
As a quick refresher, the LG G4 is equipped with a 5.5-inch QHD panel, a Snapdragon 808 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera (and boy, does it take good photos), and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. Powering this hefty equipment is a massive 3,000 mAh battery. Consumers who pick up this device can expect it to be running the latest version of Android Lollipop–5.1.1 atop of LG’s own custom skin.
Anyone picking up the LG G4 at such a low price point?
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