LG’s OLED 4K TVs are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but the price still isn’t anywhere near the level it needs to be for mass consumer adoption. Hopefully the company’s new manufacturing plant can help that a bit thanks to economies of scale. A Reuters report says that the South Korean firm is spending some $8.71 billion (around 10 trillion Korean won) on a new manufacturing facility for the display panels in Paju, South Korea. Perhaps this can make up for some of the losses the tech giant suffered by halting production at one of its TV plants due to a gas leak earlier this year.
LG has been promoting the LG V10 rather heavily in the U.S. market. However, a representative from LG Canada indicates the device is not going to make it to the Canadian market according to current plans.
The information came to light in response to a question posed by an interested consumer via Facebook. The LG representative included the following statement in her reply:
Unfortunately, there aren’t any plans to bring the V10 to Canada.
before going on to suggest the LG G4 as a candidate. The LG Canada representative is identified as a member of the “Social Media Team” for LG Canada, so it may be possible the company eventually reverses this guidance by way of an official statement. If they stand behind it and really have no plans to release the LG V10 in Canada, buyers in that market will have to resort to buying the phone in other markets and having it shipped in. The good news is the LG V10 is an unlocked device and should support use on most Canadian carriers.
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As with many of the “old guard” of smartphone OEMs, LG has seen its market share erode as well as sales start to stagnate. Despite the company’s holding true to form with the G4 – as opposed to Samsung’s controversial approach with its flagships – and just recently releasing an almost unbreakable V10, the profit picture as far as mobiles go does not look so lavish. To this end, the Korean conglomerate is restructuring its top management.
Three Representative Directors will be heading the company starting in the new year: Jo Seong-jin, President and CEO of Home Appliances & Air Solutions, Juno Cho, President and CEO of Mobile Communications, and David Jung, President and CFO. The existing Vice Chairman and CEO, Koo Bon-joon, will return to LG Corp, the parent company of LG Electronics.
LG has indicated that the “appointments are effective as of Dec. 1, 2015 with promotions taking effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The overall new organizational structure will take effect once confirmed at the general meeting of shareholders in early 2016.”
The company has explained this new management decision as a way to “give each executive more independence and responsibility to facilitate rapid decision-making in today’s fast-changing business environment and diversified consumer segments.”
Adding further detail to the above, LG clarified:
The new structure will also give each of LG’s four companies — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution and Vehicle Components — more autonomy to respond quickly and decisively to market conditions and business growth opportunities. Complementing LG’s ongoing leadership in televisions, mobile devices and appliances, high-growth areas such as automotive components, energy, IT and B2B are expected to drive more of LG’s growth going forward.
With this new change in organization and subsequent explanation, it should give readers an idea of what areas the company may seek to prioritize in the coming year. This is not to say that mobile sales will be placed on back-burner status per se, but with television, appliances, and even automotive parts offering larger potential income, it may ultimately result in an even slimmer smartphone selection for the year to come.
Readers may recall a recent pair of posts that dealt with LG’s apparent decision to make use of an all new, metallic design with next year’s flagship, the G5. Given the backlash some had against Samsung’s decision to forgo a removable battery and microSD from its prime products this year, one can only begin to speculate just how damaging – if at all – the effect would be on LG’s sales.
At the very least, it’s clear the company isn’t putting all its proverbial eggs in one basket, and as such the new year is going to be met with a trio of executives to tackle the tasks ahead.
Are you tired of all the deals yet? We are definitely not, and this one is a especially awesome. LG is offering a $100 rebate in the form of a prepaid card to anyone who purchases an LG V10 or LG G4 from Verizon on, or before, the 25th of December.
All you have to do is purchase the phone sometime between 11/23 and 12/25 at participating Verizon retailers and register for your rebate at LG’s specified website. Also, this offer comes from the manufacturer, so it doesn’t really affect separate discounts Verizon itself may be running. For example, the LG V10 can be had for $100 off during Verizon’s Black Friday weekend event. And you can even get up to $300 for trading it another phone!
Considering all that, you have the chance to save up to $500 on the new phone. Pretty awesome, right?
And these LG handsets are no weak contenders. These are the best LG has to offer, as well as some of the most attractive devices currently in the market. The LG V10 comes with a super solid construction, a large 5.7-inch QHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 16 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front shooter and a 3000 mAh battery.
On the other hand, the LG G4 has a smaller 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 16 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front camera and a 3000 mAh battery. In a way, the LG V10 is everything the G4 lacked to be, but they are both great devices, and many of us do prefer the G4’s aesthetics better.
Are you guys thinking of getting a phone from Verizon? Nos is a good time to go with LG’s high-end gadgets!
Unlike most deals which are only for the upcoming holiday weekend, this promotion has already begun and will run all the way through December 25. From now until then, if you buy an LG V1o or LG G4, you’ll be given a bonus $100 prepaid card. In order to claim the card, buyers must sign up on LG’s website and verify their purchase. You can find the sign-up page at the link sourced down below.
Additionally, Verizon will give buyers of either flagship handset an additional $100 off, for a grand total of $200 off. However, the $100 promotion from Verizon is only valid this friday.
The LG V10 and LG G4 are two of the best smartphones on the market, and will likely make the perfect gift for any Android lover time come the holiday season. For more deals like this, stay tuned at our website for all of this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.
Come comment on this article: Buyers of either a Verizon LG G4 or LG V10 can claim up to $200 in prepaid cards this Black Friday
It appears that Verizon has at last been listening to its customers as it’s now rolling out a much-needed maintenance update to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G4 located in the United States. The upgrade addresses some severe touchscreen issues that have been present on the handset ever since its launch back in April which resulted in user’s frequently having to restart their device just restore usability. It also introduces a new slow motion option in the camera application and unlinks the ringer, notification and system volumes.
As is the norm, the update is being distributed in stages. To see if it’s ready for your device head into Settings, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification prompting you to install the update.
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Today, LG has announced its latest smartphone for the mid-tier of the market – the LG Ray. Sporting metal-brush look, high resolution camera sensors and an octa-core processor, there’s some promising hardware to be had at a very reasonable price.
Starting with the plus points, the LG Ray comes with an 8 megapixel selfie camera and a 13 megapixel rear camera combination, which should keep the keen photographers happy. The smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592M octa-core processor, comes available with dual-SIM slots and a removable 3,000mAh battery. There’s also Android 5.1 Lollipop on board and a selection of flagship G-series features, including Knock Code unlock and camera Gesture Shot.
The handset is not without its compromises though. The processor is paired up with just a single gigabyte of RAM, the SoC’s Mali-400 GPU isn’t even a mid-range smartphone part these days, and the phone doesn’t support 4G networks. Although to be fair, the phone is targeted at markets where 3G is still the dominant network technology. The phone’s large 5.5-inch display is also only packing a 720p resolution, which won’t be as clear as other large smartphones on the market.
“Customers in 3G markets continue to be a priority for LG so we will continue to develop new products with these consumers in mind,” – Juno Cho, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The smartphone’s design keeps up with the familiar LG style. The volume rocker is located on the back just underneath the camera, while brushed look on the back of the phone gives a nice metal look. Although I’m going to assume that it is plastic.
LG’s latest and greatest:
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The LG Ray is destined for the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) regions this week, followed by Latin America shortly afterwards. The phone has been spotted with a RUB 15,000 ($232/€215) price tag in Russia and will arrive in Silver, Gold, and Titan Black color options.
LG Ray with 5.5-Inch HD display, Octa-core processor and 13MP rear camera launches in select 3G markets
While 4G is available in many countries (and we look forward to the arrival of 5G), it’s easy to forget that some of us have to make do with 3G. With this in mind, the LG Ray has just been announced, with the South Korean manufacturer making the entry-level handset available in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) sometime this week and Latin America later on.
The LG Ray’s power and volume controls are placed on the rear panel that features a brushed metal finish. Let’s take a look at what else the LG Ray has under the hood.
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- 5.5-Inch HD display (1280 x 720), 267ppi
- Octa-core processor @ 1.4GHz
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB Internal storage
- MicroSD card support
- 13MP Rear camera with flash, Gesture Shot
- 8MP Front camera
- Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
- Single/Dual SIM
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery: 3,000mAh (Removable)
- Dimensions: 152.5 x 76.4 x 9.3mm
- Weight: 158 grams
- Available in Gold, Silver, and Titan Black
As you can see from the specifications above, the LG Ray is a curious blend of both entry and mid-level components. How much the LG Ray will cost is unknown for the moment, with the Korean manufacturer stating that “price and availability will be announced locally at the time of launch”.
Full Press Release:
SEOUL, Nov. 25, 2015 — LG Electronics (LG) will begin rollout of LG Ray1 to key global 3G markets, starting with the CIS region this week followed by Latin America. LG Ray features a stunning metallic design and comes loaded with best-in-class features such as an expansive 5.5-inch HD display and an 8MP front camera, features unavailable in competing devices.
With its impressively large display powered by a 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor, LG Ray enables users to enjoy multimedia content seamlessly. Thanks to LG’s superior optical technology, this device captures impressive images with its 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera unmatched by other smartphones in its category. Gesture Shot, LG’s exclusive UX inherited from its G Series, delivers an easier way to take selfies and LG Ray also features a removable battery with a capacity of 3,000mAh for longer usage time between charges.
“Customers in 3G markets continue to be a priority for LG so we will continue to develop new products with these consumers in mind,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “No matter the country or the device, every LG customers will receive a unique user experience with a balance of design, performance and value.”
Details such as price and availability will be announced locally at the time of launch.
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Sorry we haven’t updated the buyers’s guide in a couple months — we’ve been too busy pumping out reviews of all the new devices. Now that things have finally started to slow down (fingers crossed), let’s take a step back and look at all the awesome stuff we’ve had a chance to test this fall. For starters, there’s a bunch of excellent smartphones that we absolutely need to add to our guide. Namely: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Nexus 6P and 5X, and the Moto X Pure. On the tablet side, we’re inducting both the iPad mini 4 and the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft makes another appearance in the laptop section, where we’ve added the Surface Book, along with Dell’s Chromebook 13. Rounding out the list, we threw in a few miscellaneous items, including the new Xbox One Elite Wireless controller, the redesigned Sonos Play:5 wireless speaker and Google’s $35 Chromecast Audio.
Source: Engadget Buyer’s Guide
With Black Friday breathing down your neck and the holiday shopping season in full swing, now is the time that a lot of people are considering a smartphone upgrade. Buying a new device can be a fun endeavor. But, for some folks, the idea of picking out a new handset may be a little more difficult.
Which is the newest phone? What is the best phone? Which is the one that’s going to give me exactly what I need? We’re here to help you dig through the clutter.
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 Android smartphones you should consider for Verizon this November. Here, in no particular order, are ten Android handsets that you should consider for Verizon if you’re currently shopping around.
Droid Turbo 2
As the first phone to feature a shatterproof display, much can be said about the new Droid Turbo 2. Not only does this one give you peace of mind in knowing that it can fall out of your pocket or desk without shattering, the phone also features some pretty impressive hardware.
Powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Turbo 2 features a 5.4-inch display at 2560×1440 resolution and a 21-megapixel camera. Quick charging ensures that the phone never runs low on juice; moreover, the 3760mAh battery gets you two days of use. In other words it’s built to be used and somewhat abused.
In a first for the Droid series, buyers can head to the Moto Maker tool to design their own unique version of the phone. There are more than 1,000 combinations of colors and materials to choose from.
The newest phone of the bunch, this LG features two displays. Indeed, there is the 5.7-inch quad HD screen which looks gorgeous on its own. However, up at the top you will find a small secondary display which offers quick access to favourite contacts, apps, media player buttons , or an at-a-glance view of your schedule.
But, as if that were not enough, you will also find 64 gigabytes of internal storage with a microSD card that allows for another 200GB of space. The removable 3,000mAh battery is more than enough to get you a day or two of life. The rear offers up a 16-megapixel camera while the front houses a pair of 5-megapixel shooters. One works for close-ups while the other has a wide angle lens for group shots.
Motorola Droid Maxx 2
Another relative newbie, this Motorola packs a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, 21-megapixel rear camera, and 16GB internal storage. Toss in the 3630mAh battery with Turbo Charging and you’ve got a device that should never run low on power. Other specifications include Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, microSD expansion card slot for more storage, and a water-repellent coating.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The fifth generation of Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone experience boasts a gorgeous metal and glass design. The S Pen digital stylus is smarter than ever and works without even powering on the display. Up from previous models, storage options are now 32GB and 64GB. The battery, which comes in at a commendable 3000mAh capacity, allows for fast charging, wireless charging, and even fast wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Announced in the spring, it’s hard to beat the annual Samsung flagship smartphone. The 5.1-inch Quad HD screen is a stunner and feels oh-so-right in our hands and the premium design includes glass and metal. It’s the first Galaxy S model we’ve wanted to coddle and protect in a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop (with an expected 6.0 update), comes with at least 32GB storage, and has 3GB RAM to boost performance.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
An almost identical sibling to the aforementioned Galaxy Note 5, this one trades out the stylus for the dual curved display. If you don’t need to jot down notes or mark up documents, consider grabbing the more sexy counterpart.
LG continues to impress with a steady stream of flagship models that demand attention. We long ago fell in love with the rear button layout and this year’s version has one of the best camera experiences we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The specs are top-notch and the screen is a real looker.
Google Nexus 6
Running an untouched version of Android Lollipop, the Nexus 6 is among the first to receive an update to the 6.0 Marshmallow build. The 6-inch screen might be a little bigger than you’re familiar with but the reviews and feedback have been solid. Internal storage is tapped at 32GB with no microSD expansion card slot but it should be enough for those who live in the cloud.
HTC One M9
The lone HTC model here is also one of the oldest flagship models to make this list. Don’t let that concern you, though, it’s still a kick-ass phone with a great build. The 5-inch screen looks great and fits well in the hand while the 20-megapixel camera snaps excellent photos. The microSD card keeps media lovers content with room for up to 200GB of external storage.
Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation)
As an ancestor to the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2, the Moto X (2nd Generation) doesn’t have a ton of Verizon customization. In other words, it’s closer to a stock Android experience than most other phones with only a few added touches. We love what Motorola adds to the user interface: twist to open camera, chop to activate flashlight, and voice actions. Pick yours up in Black, White Bamboo, or Football Leather.