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LG Announces New Collection of Bluetooth Speakers Coming This Fall

LG recently unveiled a trio of new Bluetooth speaker collections ahead of the IFA 2016 tech conference taking place in Berlin September 2-7. The new speakers are called the PH2, PH3, and PH4 and “run the range from casual to audiophile grade” in order to suit the listening style of each LG customer.

The cheapest speaker starts with the small PH2, measuring 3.8 inches in diameter and just 1.5 in thickness, along with 2.5W of power inside. It also comes with a strap that can attach the speaker to “a variety of surfaces,” making it ideal for listening to music on the go. The PH3 offers an iterative improvement with 3W of power and a more robust frame measuring in at 3.5 by 4.9 inches. This middle tier also includes a candle-like top half that includes “five different multicolored light modes.”

“LG’s new line of Bluetooth speakers combine powerful sound performance with compact, portable design,” said Tim Alessi, senior director, product marketing for home entertainment at LG ElectronicsUSA. “Understanding the busy lifestyles of many of today’s consumers, we sought to create a diverse lineup of audio products that deliver a seamless listening experience in any situation or setting.”

Finally, the taller and cylindrical PH4 introduces the most features of LG’s new bluetooth speaker lineup: water resistance, 360-degree sound, and a longer battery life with 16W of power. Concerning battery, both the PH3 and PH4 will last up to ten hours, while the PH2 is said to get up to six hours of consistent music playback.

Each speaker uses LG’s 360-degree omni-directional output to deliver consistent audio to any room or outdoor space, with the single and dual passive radiators in the PH3 and PH4 “giving them audio abilities that far exceed most speakers their size.” All of the new speakers also come with the standard auxiliary input ports and include an “advanced multipoint connectivity” feature that lets them connect two different Bluetooth-enabled devices at once, so two users can control audio output to one speaker simultaneously.

Because the company revealed the speakers ahead of their official debut at IFA 2016, the price and release date for the new line wasn’t disclosed. LG did say that customers in the United States can expect a launch sometime this fall, however.

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Wirecutter’s best deals: $65 off an OXO coffee brewing system

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

ChargeTech Portable AC Power Outlet

Street price: $170; MSRP: $185; Deal price: $128 with codes SAVE25 and 15OFF

The first great deal we’ve seen on this portable power supply, and it’s a big one. Almost $50 below the street price when you combine two of their current coupons, SAVE25 and 15OFF. This deal includes free shipping.

The ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet is our pick for the best portable AC power supply. Mark Smirniotis said, “If you need to plug in your AC-based gear when you’re traveling, outdoors, or in a crowded coffee shop, this 27-Ah hardcover-book-size battery pack will seem like a lifesaver.”

For more detail about the capacity, “The ChargeTech has a roughly 97-watt-hour (Wh) capacity—that’s enough to charge most midsize laptops once or twice.”

LG LW8016ER Air Conditioner

Street price: $230; MSRP: $240; Deal price: $200

The first good deal we’ve seen on our pick this summer, though a bit too late for many people on the east coast. At $200, this is $20 below what Target sells it for when it’s in-stock, and $30 below Amazon’s usual price. If you have a REDCard, you can save an additional 5%.

The LG LW8016ER is our pick for the best air conditioner. Liam McCabe wrote, “Compared with other window ACs at this price, this LG is easier on the ears and gives you more control. It’s great for an office or den.”

For more detail on the noise, “Most air conditioners are loud, but the LW8016ER is the least-worst of the $250-ish window ACs that we’ve been able to test because it’s a bit quieter overall and sounds lower-pitched.”

Green Extreme Canon DSLR Battery

Street price: $35; MSRP: $35; Deal Price: $20

The first great drop we’ve seen on this third party battery, a full $15 below the street price. This is sold from Adorama’s Amazon store and comes with free shipping.

The Green Extreme is our pick for the best third party camera battery. The WC staff wrote that it’s a, “long-lasting, fast-charging OEM alternative” to the regular batteries.

They also wrote, “The Green Extreme and Watson units provided the largest real-world capacities and turned out to be the most reliable performers of the group; the Green Extreme’s much faster charging times made it our overall choice.”

OXO On 12-Cup Coffee Brewing System

Street price: $300; MSRP: $300; Deal price: $235

This coffee maker rarely drops in price as is, and this new sale is only a few bucks above the best price we’ve seen to date. Most of the sales on this tend to drop it $30 to $270, so it’s worth holding out for these larger discounts.

The OXO On 12-Cup Coffee Brewing System is our larger upgrade pick for the best coffee maker. Cale Guthrie Weissman said, “Like the 9 cupper, it makes a good cup of coffee that is SCAA certified. But it does something that no other SCAA-approved machine has been able to do: heat up 12 cups of water long enough to brew a good, large amount of coffee. It does this by heating up all the water before in a separate carafe, and then transporting this water over to the filter basket. In addition to being easy to fill, the water reservoir also works as a standalone kettle. That way if you have people over and want to make eight cups of coffee and save four cups of hot water for tea, you can program that into the machine using its Nest-like control dial.”

He did write about one drawback though, “A major drawback is that since the OXO preheats the water before brewing the coffee, it takes longer than many other machines. It took more than 8 minutes to make a normal eight-cup (1-liter) batch of coffee (mind you, it would take even longer if you were making the full 12 cups).”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The


LG adds brighter, more portable projectors to Minibeam lineup

For the very truly dedicated cord-cutters out there, LG has just announced two new portable, battery-powered projectors that can be set up blissfully free of any audio, video or power cables. The two models in LG’s Minibeam lineup will debut next month at IFA 2016 in Berlin and hit retailers in the US shortly after.

First up is the PH450U (and the PH450UG version with built-in TV tuner), which LG claims is among the brightest battery-powered, short-throw projectors at 450 lumens. The projector only needs 13 inches of distance to put up an 80-inch screen, and can actually be set up sideways to project an image on any horizontal surface — in case you want to project some trippy visuals on the dance floor at your next house party. According to LG’s estimates, users should be able to get about two and a half hours of screen time out of the internal battery, so you won’t be having any outdoor Godfather marathons without a backup battery just yet, but you can still stream a couple episodes of Stranger Things in your blanket fort before you need to plug in. The PH450G will retail for $649.99 when it goes on sale in September.

The second addition to the Minibeam lineup, the PH150G comes in at a diminutive 1.1 pounds for a cool $349.99. While the less expensive model needs more room to work, it can put up a 100-inch screen and has the same two and a half hour battery life as its short-throw sibling. (At 150 lumens, the brightness rating also takes a hit.) Both models offer wireless mirroring or streaming from a smartphone or tablet, plus the ability to stream audio out to Bluetooth headphones, portable speakers or home audio setup.


Intel to manufacture ARM chips in a bid for mobile domination

Intel is flexing its manufacturing muscle in an attempt to get inside your next phone. To do that, it has entered a licensing deal with ARM, according to a report from Bloomberg. Without this license, excess manufacturing space goes to waste. But with it, Intel can make processors for Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung — the biggest players in smartphones. This gives Intel a much-needed boost in the mobile space that it couldn’t achieve on its own.

The ARM deal also gives Intel a foot in the door with VR hardware, which might help explain the company’s new Project Alloy all-in-one headset. And if you’re playing along at home, yep, these production lines will include those making 10-nanometer chips. So, more money for Intel and possibly faster and better processors for your mobile device. ARM itself was recently picked up by Japanese tech-giant Softbank for $32 billion. So yeah, this is a pretty big deal although specifics regarding the money involved aren’t known at this time.

With the PC market declining, this gives Intel a chance to get into mobile without technically getting into mobile itself. The company is already rumored to be making the modem chips for Apple and this deal could put Intel silicon elsewhere inside future iPhones. First in line to test out Intel’s tasty production lines? LG, which, according to Intel, will “produce a world-class mobile platform based on Intel Custom Foundry’s 10 nm design platform.”

Source: Bloomberg, Intel


LG’s V20 will sound great… with wired headphones

Some portions of the technology industry would like you to think that smartphones without headphone jacks are the future. LG feels differently, and has teamed up with high-end audio firm ESS to bake in a 32-bit HiFi Quad Digital-To-Analog converter into the forthcoming V20. Unlike standard DACs, this model is promised to cut ambient noise in half and make your tunes sound as if you’re listening on some high-end separates. The bit that’s worth noting, however, is that this new-fangled audio prowess will only work if you’re rocking a set of cabled headphones.

If you’re unfamiliar, a DAC takes the music that’s been stored digitally and (wait for it) converts it into analog audio for piping into your ears. That’s reasonably easy for a smartphone because there’s some space and power to install a hardware DAC in the body for use with headphones. But Bluetooth audio gear has to process the digital signal locally, which means it has to carry its own DAC. That means that it’s got to be smaller, cheaper and less power-hungry than its smartphone counterpart. By making a big deal out of the V20’s wired audio capabilities, LG’s drawing a very public line in the sand against firms like Motorola and what Apple is presumed to be doing next month.


LG’s V20 smartphone may be as modular as the G5

Just a few days ago, LG revealed that it will introduce its first Android Nougat phone in San Francisco on September 6th. The V20 is said to come with similar dual-screen, dual-selfie camera features as its predecessor, the V10. And now, thanks to OnLeaks and Android Authority, we’re getting a first look at purported renders of the device. Most notably, the 5.7-inch V20 appears to have a modular design, based on a button placement reminiscent to that of LG’s newly minted G5.

As Android Authority points out, there appears to be a bottom lip as well, which could be a removable piece to make room for different kind of accessories. That said, the publication says its sources haven’t confirmed if the V20 is actually modular, so hold off on making any final judgements for now. Either way, we’ll likely find out more details about the handset in the weeks leading to its official announcement.

Source: OnLeaks/Android Authority


Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $250 on an LG OLED TV

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.


Street Price: $1,450; MSRP: $2,000; Deal Price: $1,200

This matches a recent deal we saw on this TV that expired shortly after it went live, which is still the best price we’ve seen on this TV. Make sure you’re registered for Ebay Bucks to get an additional 2% back.

The LG 55EG9100 is our previous upgrade pick in our best TV guide. Chris Heinonen said, “It’s the most affordable OLED display available, and it has a few strikes against it: it’s only 1080p, it’s curved, it’s only 55 inches, and it costs 50 percent more than our main pick. However, it offers perfect, pure blacks and thus produces images with contrast ratios other TVs cannot approach.”

He added, “Objects in motion look clearer, and viewing angles (how good the image looks when you’re not directly in front of the TV) are better than either the Vizio or the Samsung. The 55EG9100 won’t work as well in a brightly lit room as an LCD, but it offers far and away the best image of anything we looked at.”

Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34-inch monitor

Dell U3415W

Street Price: $725; MSRP: $1,200; Deal Price: $650

It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a deal on this monitor, great sales have been slow to pop up. This particular deal comes in $25 below the best price we’ve seen to date, and should also be eligible for 2% back in Ebay Bucks.

The Dell UltraSharp U3415W monitor is a larger monitor we like in our best 27-inch monitor guide. David Murphy wrote, “It’s a bit more expensive than our upgrade pick when it’s on sale ($900, when we researched it; $1,200 normally) and doesn’t have a Thunderbolt port, but it’s just about as accurate for colors, has more USB 3.0 ports, and uses HDMI 2.0 instead of HDMI 1.4. It’s also more adjustable than our upgrade pick—worth a little extra money if that matters to you, but not a ton.”

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter with Additional Battery

DJI Phantom 3

Street Price: $1,100; MSRP: $1,400; Deal Price: $1,000

This sale matches the previous low that we saw a few months back, though it’s been consistently in the $1,100 range since then. While the drone itself is available for $900, that’s been going in and out of stock since that price went live, and paying $100 extra for an additional battery, one of the most useful Phantom 3 accessories, is worth it for most people.

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional is our top pick in the Best Drones guide. Mike Perlman wrote, “Our top pick combines easy flying, long range, great image quality, three-axis stabilization, and great fail-safe features. In addition to being easy to fly, the Phantom 3 Professional offers a 4K-capable camera with a low-distortion, wide-angle lens, an upgraded three-axis gimbal for effective image stabilization, and a standout wireless range that gives you the ability to see both real-time flight stats and a first-person view of what you’re shooting from up to 3.1 miles away, using a smartphone mounted to your radio controller. It also has preprogrammed flight controls with modes tailored to both beginners and advanced pilots, good battery life (23 minutes rated; 16 to 18 minutes of actual flight time while shooting in our testing), the ability to fly autonomously via Follow Me and Waypoints settings, and a fail-safe setting that prompts the drone to return to its launch site or current pilot location automatically if it loses connection with the radio transmitter.”

On the Phantom 3 Professional’s range, “The Phantom 3 Professional also has nearly 10 times the range of the Phantom 2 Vision+, nearly 3.1 miles. We were shocked at how far away we could fly the Phantom 3 Professional, watching it fly off from the Maine coast over a mile until it dwindled to a tiny speck far above the ocean (current FAA rulings demand that you keep your drone in sight). In our testing, the Phantom 2’s range would extend only to around 1,500 to 1,800 feet, depending on obstacles in the path of the Wi-Fi transmission and whatever local radio interference was present.”

Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard

Street Price: $35; MSRP: $40; Deal Price: $20

The best price we’ve seen to date on this keyboard, and part of a 3 day Best Buy sale that went live today. While we’ve seen it for $22 at Amazon for a few weeks, it’s been going in and out of stock, and this price beats that one. Oddly enough, only the blue model ever gets discounted this much, the other models are consistently in the $32 to $40 range.

The Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard is our pick for the best Bluetooth keyboard. Kimber Streams wrote, “The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth keyboard has the best balance of comfort, features, and price.”

She went into some detail about the features, “Our pick can pair with up to three devices and switch between them with the press of a button, a useful feature that few Bluetooth keyboards have. The K380 is comfortable and responsive; it’s also solid enough for desktop or lap use, while being small and light enough to slip in a bag and use on the go. Logitech says our pick has up to two years of battery life with heavy use (defined as eight hours a day, five days a week), though the keyboard hasn’t existed long enough for us to test this claim. The K380’s unusual, round keys can take some getting used to, and the keyboard lacks backlit keys and the operating system-specific layouts you’ll find on our upgrade picks, but those amenities aren’t available in other keyboards in this price category either.”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The


LG unveils the first Android Nougat phone on September 6th

Earlier this month, LG announced its quirky V20 smartphone would be the first to ship with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, beating the upcoming Nexus refreshes to the nougat-y punch. Now we know the dual-screen, dual-selfie camera successor to the V10 will officially be unveiled in San Francisco on September 6, 2016.

Although LG has yet to share many details about the new phone’s features, we do know it will be once again sporting dual displays: a main 5.7-inch display, plus a second, always-on ribbon display at the top for notifications and quick app access. In practice, Engadget found the V10’s second screen to be one of the best implementations to date, with easy access to audio controls or a quick glance at an email subject line. Other features, like those two front-facing cameras seemed like overkill for anyone who doesn’t need two lens options when shooting a selfie.

As for the rest of the internals, those details will land next month, when we expect the V20 to start retailing around the same $600 price point as its predecessor.


Watch the Olympics in 4K Ultra HD on Comcast, DirecTV or Dish

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are almost here, and despite the issues present in Rio, watching from home should be better than ever. If you’re in need of something else to display on your brand new Ultra HD television then we have good news — NBC will have 4K, HDR footage with Atmos surround sound available that’s actually downsampled from 8K (which you can see for yourself, if you live in Japan). The only problem? Not every TV provider will be pushing it to viewers, and it will be on 24-hour tape delay.

US viewers have four choices for Ultra HD broadcasts from the Olympics: DirecTV, Dish, Comcast and EPB. Chattanooga residents will have to contact EPB for details on how to get channel 803, while DirecTV is promising a linear broadcast on channel 106. Dish Network will not have the Opening Ceremony available initially, but promises a broadcast on channel 146 and video on-demand highlights that will be in 4K, but won’t feature HDR. For Comcast, you should be able to see all the clips, but it isn’t pushing any Ultra HD via its cable boxes at all. Instead, footage will only be available to people who have Samsung or LG Smart TVs with the Xfinity preview app built-in.

Source: NBC


LG’s V20 will be the first Android Nougat smartphone

LG will launch the V20 smartphone in September, and it will be the first to get Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s the successor to LG’s wacky V10 phone, and will have the same dual-screen, dual-selfie camera features (no other specs were revealed). The news means that the V20 will likely be released before any Nexus phones, which are usually the first with the latest Android operating systems. That would be an unusual move by Google, but LG has confirmed the news with Engadget.

LG has built the lion’s share of Nexus phones for the search giant, including the Nexus 4, 5 and 5X. With the generally low prices of Nexus models (the 5X is $349, for instance), it’s understood that companies like LG and Huawei are willing to take smaller profits to work with Google. With the V20, LG gets it both ways — it can sell the handset at a profitable price (the V10 is $600) and still be first to market with a new Android OS. Considering that the V10 was a rare bright spot for LG, that could give its flagging mobile division a boost.

Source: LG (translated)


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