LG has officially announced the follow-up to last year’s curved G Flex, and it has some pretty big improvements over the original. The phone still features a curved screen and self-healing materials, but the hardware has been bettered across the board.
The curved display on the G Flex 2 is a full 1080p P-OLED screen with a popping 403ppi. The internals are competitive for 2015, including 2 GB of RAM with a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. The Snapdragon 810 is the latest and greatest from Qualcomm with two quad-core CPUs and support for viewing 4k video. The G Flex 2 is one of the first major phones to sport the 810, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares in real-world performance tests.
The LG F510L has appeared in GeekBench with Qualcomm’s newest chipset, the Snapdragon 810. This could be the G Flex 2, which will be announced tomorrow or it could be the upcoming G4. Either way, this particular variant is probably headed to U+ in South Korea based on the model number. The G3 for U+ sported the F400L model number, while the original G Flex had F340L.
The LG G Flex (pictured above) wasn’t a bad phone, but it was just a little too big (6-inch display) in my humble opinion. I remember saying in my review that if it were in the 5-inch range, I might have been all over it. It looks like I might just get to see that next week at CES.
Word is that LG will unveil the G Flex 2 next week, which will most likely be at their press event on January 5th. The G Flex 2 is expected to be around 5.5-inches, just like the G3. It’s also expected to sport the new Snapdragon 810 chip, which is not only 64-bit, but it’s also octa-core.
It is no secret by now that Chinese smartphone manufacturers are finally starting to generate some significant momentum in gaining market share through increasing sales of devices. A leaked memo floating around Huawei as the company preps for the public announcement of their 2014 results reveals strong growth for the manufacturer. According to the data revealed in the memo, sales rose by almost one-third to $11.8 billion in 2014 on the back of a 40% increase in smartphone shipments. If there is any downside, it is the fact that Huawei’s estimated 75 million smartphones shipped lags below their target of 80 million units for the year.
HTC took to its official Weibo account earlier today to confirm it will definitely be making an appearance at CES in January together with ASUS, LG and Sony. According to the teaser image posted with the announcement, the Taiwanese company is set to unveil the latest handset in its Desire range of smartphones.
You may recall back in November, we wrote that LG had applied for a trademark on the name “G Pen” at the USPTO and now, according to a report from China, it looks like the South Korean company’s next flagship smartphone, presumably entitled the G4, will be the first to feature support for the unannounced smart stylus.
Phablets with styluses haven’t really been popular, aside from Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. That’s not stopping LG from reportedly trying their hand at it. According to sources in Asia, the LG G4 will adopt a phablet format and also include a stylus. Everything’s not completely clear, as this could be instead a new G Pro or a new G Stylus.
According to previous information, the G4 will have a 5.3 inch screen, with a Quad HD resolution, an ultra narrow frame design and a Snapdragon 810 64 bit processor, as well as 32 or 64 GB of storage. In addition, LG will include 4 GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera, as well as a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for more information.
Source: GSM Dome
In another sign of the continuing end of hostilities between the world’s smartphone manufacturers, Rockstar Consortium, Inc. has announced the sale of 4,000 patents to RPX Corp. The portfolio was originally obtained by Rockstar in a bidding war that took place during 2011 between Rockstar and Google to obtain the intellectual property from Nortel Networks. Rockstar is a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. RPX licenses patents to companies that join their syndicate, including Google and Cisco Systems.
There are less than two weeks until CES 2015 begins and LG is already announcing some new hardware. At the event in Las Vegas next month, LG will showcase its new lineup for the Music Flow Wi-Fi Series. The products include a Wi-Fi speaker, sound bars, and a Blu-ray player. Each device supports dual band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz). All of them work with the Music Flow app and a multitude of music services. The Music Flow app syncs the content between devices; for example, entering the house after listening to music on headphones will activate the Music Flow speakers or sound bars.
It looks like LG has something on its hands that can go head-to-head with Sonos and others in the wireless audio space.
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At CES 2015 next month, LG could be introducing new tablets that fall under the G Pad series. The company filed new trademarks a few days ago with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The names are G Pad II, G Pad X, and G Pad F. This does not mean that LG is designing entirely new tablets, though. It could merely be existing tablets with upgraded specifications.
We will find out more in the coming weeks and months.