Any of our Canadian readers out there excited for the LG Optimus G? Looks like you have a reason to be as the device has now been confirmed for some of Canada’s biggest wireless carriers. Bell, Rogers and TELUS have all confirmed that the Optimus G will be available for their customers sometime in Q4 of this year.
I know LG doesn’t exactly have the best rap when it comes to updating their devices, but there’s no doubt that they make some high quality products. I just hope they decide to stay true to their updates this time around. If you’ve forgotten what the Optimus G offers you, here’s a quick list of its specs:
Chipset: 1.5 GHz Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
Quad-Core and LTE
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
A new era in streaming between devices may be upon us. Miracast is similar to DLNA and Apple’s Airplay in that it allows a person to stream a video or other images straight from a phone or tablet to a TV or projector. Miracast differs itself by giving the option to stream without needing WiFi because it can utilize WiFi direct. It can also automatically negotiating the best audio and video resolution.
The first phones with Mircast certification will be the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy III with more to come shortly. So far the only TV with certification is the Samsung Echo-P Series TV. You can use the Miracast feature with any WiDi-enabled displays. Hit the break for a Mircast video. » Read the rest
LG held a press event this morning in New York to show off the Optimus G after officially unveiling it yesterday in South Korea. The U.S. version will sport the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, and the gorgeuous 4.7-inch (1280 x 768) True HD IPS display. We do expect it to be called the Eclipse on Sprint and possibly AT&T, but no information was given other than to expect to see it in the 4th quarter. Hit the break for the hands on video from LG.
While LG already announced its latest flagship last month, it was unclear when exactly the handset would be launching. Fear not, as the Korean manufacturer has just revealed that the Optimus G will be available in the company’s home country next week, followed by a full-scale launch in October.
To refresh your memory on just how powerful the Optimus G really is, the official specs are listed as:
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor Quad-Core and LTE
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
32GB On Board Storage
2GB DDR RAM
13.0MP or 8.0MP rear cameras (depends on region) / 1.3MP front
That’s not all, though. LG is touting its new “creative and engaging” UX, which is supposed to allow users to “live without boundaries”. While we’re not necessarily fond of any Android skins, LG’s new user interface offers some features that could potentially be productive and useful. One of which is called QSlide, an applet that allows users to open up two separate screens on the device that work completely independent of the other. There have also been some tweaks made to the camera utility to better suit the impressive 13-megapixel camera. For the full run-down, be sure to catch the official press release after the break. » Read the rest
In a segment that may be slowly dying, LG thinks there may still be room for more. Enter their latest in mobile photo printing devices, the Pocket Photo. LG is claiming their mobile printer is the smallest of its kind measuring just 2.8 x 4.7 x 0.9-inches. Photos from a compatible device are transferred to the Pocket Photo via NFC coupled with an Android app. Filters can be applied to the pictures through said Android app, however it’s unknown at this time just how robust the feature is. This micro-printer will be hitting Korean stores for $169 (USD), although there’s no word on a release outside of Korea.
Since officially announcing their new top of the line LG Optimus G handset, LG has been busy giving us peeks at the device. These teasers have included images and videos like the one that surfaced earlier this week about the phone’s camera capabilities. Add another clue to the list, this time in the form of a TV commercial for the Korean market. Check it out after the break. » Read the rest
LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.
Looks like next Wednesday is going to be a busy day. HTC already has an event scheduled for that day and now LG and Qualcomm are sending invites to the press for an early morning event on the same day. The presser clearly states, “Live without boundaries.” We can only assume this will be the Optimus G, which will most likely be called the Eclipse 4G LTE here in the U.S. and is destined for Sprint and possibly AT&T. Incidentally, LG has an event in Korea the day before which should result in the unveiling of the international version.
Smartphone cameras are evolving just as fast as any other part of a device’s hardware, and LG has taken to YouTube to show off its latest feat. The Korean manufacturer uploaded a video yesterday, detailing the impressive optics behind its latest flagship handset.
LG is touting the “world’s best image quality” for its Optimus G smartphone, thanks to an “array of state-of-the-art technologies”. The company claims the optics utilize the world’s smallest pixel size, along with a Blue Glass filter to provide clearer images with less noise. Hyeong-cheol Moon, LG’s Director of Optical Solutions, also explains how the design team managed to fit such a large sensor into an 8.45mm shell. To see the science behind the technological wizardry, check out the official video after the break.
To help strike excitement upon their new flagship device, LG has created and uploaded a video on YouTube teasing their forthcoming Optimus G. If you remember, the device will be one of the first to offer Qualcomm’s brand new quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, thus you can fully expect this device to be a beast regardless if you’re an LG fan or not. You can check out the video below and let us know if this is a device that may interest you once it’s released!