With the official release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 bearing down on us at the beginning of September, information about the specs for Samsung’s latest flagship continue to surface. The latest comes from a ZDNet Korea source that says Samsung has definitely agreed to produce some versions of the Galaxy Note 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip. This would be in addition to a version equipped with the Eynos 5433 processor that appears to be the more powerful of the two versions.
Samsung agreeing to produce two versions of a device, one with an in-house chip and one with a third-party sourced chip, is normal for the company. It is unclear whether Samsung had planned to follow their historical precedent all along though as the source indicates Qualcomm had to agree to a steep discount on the chips in order to get Samsung to agree to use them. Reports indicate this move has upset LG which is a big buyer of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and think they should be able to get a similar discount.
For many devices, the maximum resolution at which YouTube can be streamed is 1080p. This is because there are so many devices available with displays matching that resolution. With devices like the LG G3 achieving 2560×1440, YouTube has answered the call to stream with an even higher resolution. Users of the LG flagship are reporting that YouTube is allowing them to bump the resolution of videos beyond 1080p, topping out at 1440p.
LG has announced yet another variant of their LG G3 flagship smartphone. This new version is dubbed the LG G3 A and falls somewhere in between the LG G3 and the LG G3 Beat. The G3 A will come equipped with a 5.2-inch display running at 1920 x 1080 resolution powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor clocking in at 2.26 GHz. The G3 A will come with a little less memory, only 2 GB of RAM, but otherwise most of the specs are the same including a 13 MP rear camera with laser auto focus. LG says they have added some new software to this version that will give users some control over functions via wrist movements while holding the device.
For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.
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Yesterday we got a glimpse of an upcoming LG phone called the G3 Stylus, and it was immediately assumed that it would compete with the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. Today, we are hearing a different story.
According to Korea Times, the G3 Stylus will be a budget device. Of course, that still wouldn’t stop it from competing with the Note 4 since a few consumers could opt for this cheaper alternative. It just doesn’t appear that it will have the same fire power as the G3.
It was only a matter of time, and now the LG G Watch charging cradle is available in the Play Store. It’s the primary way to charge the device, so it’s an important spare item to have. It’s available for $19.99 via the link below, and comes with the charging cradle, a micro USB cable, a warranty card, and a WEEE card. Interestingly no AC adapter.
Source: Google Play
LG’s G-series devices have been quite a success for the company, which expects its sales numbers to boom by the end of this year.
Two Korean brokerage firms, Kiwoom Securities and Korea Investment, forecast roughly 60 million smartphones in sales this year, while Daewoo Securities expects LG to sell over 62 million smartphones.
Between the years 2011 and 2012, the company only shipped between 20 and 26 million units, while last year, it shipped 47.6 million devices.
Since last year, LG has become more of a staple in the market, so 60 million units may not be too much of a stretch. This all bodes well for stockholders, and hopefully for the consumers as well.
Source: Korea Times
AT&T will be the first carrier to offer the LG G Pad 7.0 with LTE, and they’re offering a pretty great bundle to start selling it. On August 8th, you’ll be able to pick up the carrier-branded version of LG’s slim tablet for just $0.99 if you purchase it with an LG G2, LG G3, or LG G Flex. Without a bundle, the tab will cost $149.99 on a two-year contract. If you’re not a fan of the contracts, you can also opt for AT&T Next, which will run $12.50 a month.
As expected, Verizon has added the LG G Vista to their portfolio and it is now available to order. The LG G Vista is a relatively downscaled version of the LG G3 with one exception – the screen is actually larger at 5.7-inches. However, the resolution is only 940 x 560 which is rather low for such a large screen. The G Vista also comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera, a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded. Considering the size of the battery and the hardware being driven, users should be able to get some excellent battery life out of the device.
The LG G3 launched less than a month ago and we just can’t keep our hands off of it. In a report published by The Korea Times, analysts predict a lot of people are going to feel the same way. At the start of 2013, LG had sold around 3 million G2 units worldwide. While 3 million units is no small feat (and that number has likely gone up since the new year) Woori Investment & Securities analyst Sophia Kim seems to think the G3 will double those sales for the Korean tech company.