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 more
According to Juniper Research, phablets are now officially successful, having shipped around 20 million units in 2013, and an expected 120 million units shipped by 2018.
The growth in phablets since their introduction to the market is undeniable, with extremely successful devices being found in the Samsung Galaxy Note series, such as the Galaxy Note 3, and in a number of LG’s devices, such as the newly released LG G Flex.
The term phablets rose to prominence in order to describe a device that is a hybrid of a phone and a tablet. According to Juniper, in order for a device to be classed as a phablet, it must have a screen size of at least 5.6 inches.
Source: Juniper Research
Whether or not you’re into the whole curved display trend, it’s definitely up and coming, and will continue to grow in the near future.
It has been confirmed that the LG G Flex will be launched in over 20 major European markets— some of these countries include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Austria and more. The device should hit all of these markets by the end of February. Expect more LG devices to start coming to Europe after their initial launches in Asia and the United States— it’s a growing market and the manufacturers are starting to recognize that.
Well it appears that fingerprint sensors are going to be the rage this year. Apple kicked things off last fall, followed by HTC shortly after. Samsung appears to readying something similar for the Galaxy S 5, and now LG might join the party with their upcoming G2 Pro and G3.
LG will probably implement their sensor on the back of the device, which isn’t surprising since they implemented power and volume buttons on the backside of the G2.
Speaking of the G2, it was LG’s plan to implement a fingerprint scanner on that phone, but just couldn’t get it done in time.
The LG G Flex is finally starting to make its way to the United States. Sprint was the first carrier to announce their release date, January 31. T-Mobile only started pre-registration a few days ago. AT&T has now joined the fun and announced their G Flex will be available for pre-order on January 24 online and at retail stores. Customers buying the handset with a new two-year contract will have to shell out $299 and AT&T’s Next plan has it available for $27 per month for eighteen months or $35 per month for one year.
Hit the break for an AT&T Mobile Minute video and the full press release. Read more
LG may be ignoring Android 4.3 and updating their devices directly to Android 4.4 KitKat. Information sent to Phone Arena shows the Optimus F3, Optimus F6, G Pad 8.3 (upcoming Verizon model too), G Pro Lite, Optimus F7, LG D315 (unannounced), LG LS740 (unannounced), Optimus L9 II, Optimus Vu II, Vu III, and G Flex all getting the bump to the latest version of Android.
If LG does indeed update all of these devices to KitKat, it would be quite impressive as LG does not have a proven track record in timely updates.
Source: Phone Arena
It looks like owners of the LG G Pro have some treats ahead of them if current rumors hold true. According to some leaked images and information, the G Pro will be receiving a QuickWindow cover of its own. From what can be seen, the covers will provide similar functionality to that of its G2 cousin. Of course that’s not the only thing that could be coming.
Another rumor has the G2 Knock feature arriving to the phablet as well. In addition to the popular device wake feature, a UI allowing full QuickWindow functionality will make using the device without opening the cover a breeze.
The cover and software update should be announced relatively shortly in Korea, and in other regions there after. So be on the look out for that.
T-Mobile has officially opened up pre-registration for the LG G-Flex. T-Mobile is one of the first carriers to offer the device in the US, along with Sprint, who started offering pre-registration for the device a couple days ago.
The LG G-Flex is slated to be one of the top phones of 2014, boasting a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720.
We had a chance to see the amazing self-healing abilities of the LG G Flex last week at CES, but something else is going on that doesn’t appear to be self-healing. Many users are complaining about small bumps on the display. How the hell do they get there? As you know, the G Flex is somewhat flexible, and these bumps appear as a result of this flexing.
Now the big question is if they are appearing because of too much flexing or something LG didn’t foresee would happen even with minimal flexing. LG seems to think it’s the former, and they are advising people to not flex the device frequently or with excessive force. Hit the break for the statement….
As 2014 gets into full swing we’re going to start seeing what OEMs have in store for us in regards to their next flagship devices. Both Samsung and HTC look to release their next generation smartphones roughly the same time as they did last year. However LG looks to shake up their release schedule by possibly releasing the next generation to the G2 as early as May.
If you remember, the G2 was released third quarter of last year. With Samsung and HTC releasing their devices in the first half of the year, they’ve had a jump on sales. According to Korean media sources, LG is hoping to capitalize by doing the same this year.