The LG G Pro 2 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, but a couple of images of it leaked for your viewing pleasure. The first is the back of the device, which shows the same rear power and volume controls found on the G2. From the image, it doesn’t look like the G Pro 2 will sport a fingerprint scanner, which was one of the rumored features for the device. However, it is sure to be a beast with an expected 6-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 processor. The second image, after the break, is a side profile. Is anyone excited for this phone?
LG announced their financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, and it looks like they did pretty well! The South Korean company announced that they made an overall revenue of $14.03 billion, making their end of year total $53.10 billion. Their profit margins increased from $1.08 billion in 2012 to $1.17 billion in 2013.
There are a number of reasons LG was able to have such a great year, with a major factor being their booming smartphone business. They reportedly shipped 13.2 million smartphones in Q4 alone, helping them bring in $3.38 billion revenue, which is an 18% increase from Q3.
The final quarter of 2013 was very good for Samsung. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s market share grew to more than 29.6%, compared to 29.0% for the same quarter in 2012. In looking at the entire year, Samsung’s share increased to 32.4%, up from 30.4%. Apple’s market share, however, fell in both the final quarter and overall in 2013. Huawei pulled into third and LG sits in fourth. These numbers should be interesting to see in a few months as both Samsung and Apple are slated to announce their latest flagship devices within the next few months.
It is great to see Lenovo joining the mix (in fifth). Hopefully they finally make their way to the United States this year. After all, I don’t think an HTC acquisition is happening just yet; therefore, Lenovo needs to think about doing it on their own.
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The red Nexus 5 has been leaking across the internet pretty often lately. We haven’t seen anything about the other colors that were in the original faked video that started these leaks, but we’re seeing enough evidence of the red Nexus 5 that it’s very likely that this one is real.
The latest comes from Twitter user @artyomstar, who uploaded two photos of the front and back of the red Nexus 5. This isn’t a muted shade of red, either; it’s a very vibrant, bright red. I think it’s a little too bright for my tastes, but it’s nice to see some variation in the color options of the Nexus 5. » Read the rest
T-Mobile recently opened up pre-registration for LG’s curved G Flex, and now you can pre-order the device for when it launches. According to T-Mobile, the G Flex will cost 0 down and cost customers 24 payments of $28 a month. This makes T-Mobile the third carrier to offer pre-orders for the G Flex, behind Sprint and AT&T.
Alongside the G Flex, T-Mobile will also be offering a QWERTY-toting Optimus F3Q. The F3Q will sport a 4-inch screen, QWERTY keyboard, and a 5 megapixel camera, and will cost customers 0 down and $13 a month for 24 months, making it a very affordable smartphone compared to the G Flex. » Read the rest
An official announcement from LG tonight let us all know that the LG G Pro’s successor, the G Pro 2, will be released in February. It’ll feature a pretty large and high-quality screen, just as its predecessor, but information on exact specs, pricing, and availability is not yet available. Expect the unveiling to come at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Feb. 24-27.
It’s long been believed that Verizon is preparing their own LTE-capable version of the LG G Pad 8.3, and yesterday’s findings give those rumors more credit. Yesterday, a mysterious tablet with model name VK810 cleared the FCC, with service for Verizon’s 4G service running bands 4 and 13. The physical descriptions directly match LG’s G Pad 8.3, leading us to believe that this is in fact it.
There’s no hardware hints besides that the LG VK810 supports GPS, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity. We are likely to eventually see a Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8.3-inch display, and a 4600mAh battery on the final device.
Last year, LG announced the Optimus G Pro in February, so it’s no surprise that ETNews is reporting that the LG G Pro 2 (or G2 Pro) will be announced next month. It very well could be announced at MWC, but last year’s announcement was about a week before the big event.
As to the specs, it’s now expected that this beast will feature a 6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, and Android 4.4. I know some people might be disappointed that the display doesn’t support QHD (2560 x 1440), but with the display being that large, it’s certainly not surprising.
Are the Nexus 5′s two color options just too boring for you? You may want to keep an eye out for Google to announce a few more colors for the stock Android handset. According to a leaked video showing a new Play Store listing for the Nexus 5, Google may begin selling the Nexus in 8 different color schemes; black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. That’s enough colors that just about anyone should be able to find one that they like.
There’s not much else in the video, but if this is real, it’s definitely going to be a big announcement. Personally, I like the red option. Check out the video below and let us know which color looks the best to you. » Read the rest
Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.
The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad. » Read the rest