It looks like LG had a pretty solid 2014, as analysts expect the company to post a 25% growth in their smartphone market year-over-year. LG shipped about 59.6 million smartphones, up from 47.6 million the previous year. The success of the flagship G3 and its cheaper variants like the G3 Beat and G3 Stylus contributed to how well LG did in 2014.
The LG G Flex 2, while considered by most to be an ostensibly boutique device, is still one of the most buzzed-about phones to come out of CES this year, especially because it appears to have improved in every area where the original G Flex faltered, including shrinking the screen to a more reasonable 5.5 inches.
Yesterday we learned that Samsung has elected to drop Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor from its upcoming Galaxy S6 in favor of its own in-house Exynos series of chips. Industry sources cite overheating as a major issue with the S6 and the Snapdragon 810 is to blame. Bad Snapdragon! Very bad!
LG and Xiamoi have also announced devices using the 810 processor, the G Flex 2 and Mi Note, respectively. And now, LG is attempting to quell any rumors that it, too, will drop the Qualcomm chip from its upcoming niche phone.
Forget about the LG G4 because this device, if real, should have your attention. Earlier today on Twitter, @upleaks provided the image above. It shows a flip phone with Android running as the operating system. How do we know it is Android? The layout and icons are identical to what is found on any LG device. Here, it is just minimized. The name “Ice Cream Smart” is attached to the image; therefore, we could be looking at a possible name because the company already released an Ice Cream in 2008. While Ice Cream Smart would be very random, the name would be original for LG.
Would you be interested in a flip phone with Android, particularly for someone that needs a simplified handset? Let us know in the comments.
In case you missed it at CES, you can check out a full video showing off the LG G Flex 2 on YouTube. The video shows off the Flex’s unique design and impressive hardware, including the full HD screen, speedy Snapdragon processor, and self-healing materials.
While you wait for the G Flex 2 to be officially available, you can watch the video below.
A leaked document from Verizon shows a device codenamed “LG-VK815″ listed next to other Verizon Wireless tablets: LG-VK410 and LGV700.
The 815 seems to be a step up of sorts from the original LG G Pad 8.3’s codename, 810. This could be suggesting the 815 is a new G pad tablet coming from Verizon — of course this is all very speculative, but it’s something to keep an eye out for nonetheless.
Bringing home a new device can be expensive. Whether it is paying the full retail price or even signing a contract, a fair amount of money is required. Fortunately, carriers are starting to do what they can to spread costs for customers. The Sprint Lease program provides customers with a new device without any money being paid upfront. Instead, the lease lasts for twenty-four months and customers have a choice to make at the end of it. They can extend the lease with the current device, purchase the current device outright, sign a new lease with a different device, or walk away from Sprint altogether.
Late last year, the program launched with two Samsung devices. Now, another Samsung device as well as one from LG are joining the Sprint Lease program. Leasing the Galaxy Note 4 will cost $25 per month and the LG G3 has a monthly charge of $15. Two devices with impressive specifications will relatively low monthly payments. Not too bad considering the benefits of the Sprint Lease program.
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LG’s hit smartphone of 2013 has finally gotten its turn for a treat.
After replacing its Head of Design last year due to dismal reviews of the aesthetics of the Galaxy S5, Samsung is again changing things up on the personnel side of things.
The most anticipated devices to launch in early 2015 will come from Samsung and HTC. However, it seems that LG can be added to the mix. Why? Information involving the LG G4 has been trickling in over the last few weeks. And now we have learned about some of its alleged specifications. Unsurprisingly, the Snapdragon 810 from Qualcomm will be the processor selected. The amount of RAM joining the processor is 3GB. A system dump of the Android 5.0 operating system makes it appear as if a 16MP camera will be included. In all (if true), LG has quite the handset on its hands.
A launch at Mobile World Congress 2015 in March is a possibility for the LG G4.
Via: Phone Arena