Well folks we are just a few days away from MWC 2012 and it appears that LG is trying to build up some excitement for its Galaxy Note competitor the Optimus VU.While they’ve been hinting at it and officially dropped the announcement on us last weekend we are now only seeing it on video for the first time. In the one-minute-eleven-second video you will see various closeups of the device along with its screenshot and note taking capabilities. If you are excited for this “phablet” then this video should increase your excitement even more so. Enjoy!
LG is going to be one busy company at next week’s Mobile World Congress. We’ve already heard about the Optimus Vu, the Optimus 3D MAX / Cube, and the L-Style phones. We’ve also been reporting about the X3, but it looks like it will have a different name, the Optimus 4X HD. Since it features NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3, this makes perfect sense.
As a reminder, this beast will also include a whopping 4.7-inch 720p display, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, 16GB internal storage, 2000mAh battery, HSPA+ at 21Mbps, and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
There’s also a strong possibility it could wind up on T-Mobile USA as the G4X, which would be the followup to the G2X. Hopefully it won’t be as buggy.
We’ve been hearing about the possible followup to the LG Optimus 3D (LG Thrill in the states) as the Optimus 3D Max. LG just made it official, but if you live in Korea, it will be called the Cube. Although the 3D Max name will be available in Europe, it’s unlikely to bare that name if it comes to the U.S. Maybe the LG Thrill Max?
What makes this an upgrade? Well it’s the first smartphone that can edit 3D videos and photos. It’s also a little thinner (now 9.6mm vs 11.9mm) and it has NFC, which support LG Tag+ stickers. LG’s Tag+ stickers are similar to Sony’s SmartTags in that you can easily change your phone’s settings with a quick swipe.
Throw this one in the bucket of phones that’s releasing with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK was available 4 months ago. LG does promise an Ice Cream Sandwich update soon, whatever that means. We can expect to see this baby at next week’s Mobile World Congress and should be available in Korea starting in March, followed by Europe. No word on a U.S release at this time. Hit the break for the full specs and pressers for both versions.
Today, LG announced a trio of new smart phones and ultimately the meaning behind the recent mysterious “L” messages. In what appears to be a refreshing attempt to follow in the footsteps of HTC and Samsung, ‘L’ is going to be the simplified moniker for the new line of smartphones from LG. The three L-Style phones that were announced today span across hardware specs and retail price points. It appears that the L-Style devices wont strictly be limited to either budget or high-end models.
L-Style’s design philosophy is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention.
The larger of the three devices announced today is the 4.3-inch LG Optimus L7. The device will run Ice Cream Sandwich while the processing power is still unknown. The styling of the device will somewhat resemble the blunt edges as seen on LG’s Prada Phone 3.0 and will contain a leather textured back and metallic accents.
The next device unveiled is the mid-size, mid-range L5 sporting a 4-inch display. Like the L7, this device will also run Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a 1,500 mAh battery. The styling will also be similar to the L7 with metal accents and a leathery feel to the battery door.
The LG Optimus L3, the final and smallest of the three phones announced, will have a small 3.2-inch display and instead of sporting Android 4.0 it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Not much else is know about these new L-Style devices as it appears LG wants to leave the further details to be unveiled at MWC next week. We will let you know as soon as we hear more. Press release after the jump. » Read the rest
MWC 2012 is just around the corner, and LG has been making plenty of news lately. They have recently unveiled their 5-inch display Optimus Vu and the Optimus LTE Tag, which is a version of the Optimus LTE but with lower specs.
In the meantime, LG has also been busy creating a riddle for us to solve. On their Facebook page, they began a countdown on February 16, leading to tomorrow’s announcement. Every hint has capital L’s, even in the middle of words. The latest one reads:
Tomorrow, we’LL teLL you what aLL the L has been about!
Count down with us…not Long now! :)
In previous days, they’ve linked to videos of the trailer for “A River Runs Through It” (reminding us of fulfillment in life), Chinese traditional architecture (emphasizing the attention to details), the Bicentennial Man (illustrating technology with a human touch), and Audrey Hepburn (who displays timeless style). It sounds to me like they’re going to announce their commitment to these values, but it could also be a new device (like the LG X3 or the LG CX2), or a new marketing idea. Stay tuned to Talk Android to find out, and if you have the answer to the riddle, let us know in the comments.
When we first brought to you news of the original Optimus LTE we were pretty impressed. A 4.5-inch AH-IPS display is nothing to shake your head at. Well LG is changing it up a bit by adding a lower-specced Optimus LTE device to the line that replaces the amazing 4.5-inch display with a smaller 4.3-inch IPS display and NFC capabilities. The NFC, known as LG Tag+, will allow the device to “talk” with stickers that can automatically switch settings on the handset depending on location. If there is a sticker on your dash your device could turn Bluetooth and GPS on while also bumping up the volume. Heading into the office, your phone automatically turns to vibrate mode while also turning on the WiFi. Besides NFC the device has the following specs:
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Dure-Core processor
- Display: 4.3-inch (800 x 480) IPS
- Memory: 16GB eMMC
- Camera: 5.0MP with AF-LED Flash (Rear) & 1.3MP (Front)
- OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Battery: 1,700mAh
- Others: LG Tag+, MHL(Mobile High Definition Link), DLNA(Digital Living Network Alliance)
Given that Sony is gearing up its own NFC campaign with its SmartTags it appears that everyone is trying to get on the NFC bandwagon. However Sony didn’t go the same route LG has. LG has decided to fully relaunch the device in Korea as the Optimus LG Tag. If you’re interested in reading more on the device check out the Press Release below. Enjoy! » Read the rest
The same developer who brought us the “Motofail” root method that roots most Motorola devices, has turned his attention to Verizon’s LG Spectrum. LG devices have not been difficult to root in the past, and root-magician Dan Rosenberg’s comments confirm that fact, stating simply, “Yawn. LG loses, users win.”
Check out our LG Spectrum hands-on video, then hit up the source link below to grab the files necessary.
The LG Optimus Vu was rumored to be officially announced at Mobile World Congress 2012, but it appears that the anticipation was too much for LG to wait until February 27 to tell you about their 5-inch beast. The LTE tabletphone, or phablet, has a 4:3 aspect ratio display which will make viewing pictures, reading a book or web browsing easier in portrait mode.
Some of the main specs are:
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 32GB internal memory
- 2,080 mAh battery
- 8 MP rear camera
- 5 inch IPS LCD display, 1024 x 768 resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio
- 8.5mm thick
The Optimus Vu will also feature a built-in QuickClip button for one touch screen shots, and a specialized stylus. It will initially have Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but LG promises Ice Cream Sandwich within three months.
LG says the Optimus Vu will be available in Korea in March, but did not specify any release dates in the rest of the world. They will have additional information on the device at MWC 2012.
How does the Optimus Vu “measure up” to the Galaxy Note (which is going on sale for AT&T today), in your opinion? Let us know in the comments! Also, check out the full press release and more pictures after the break. » Read the rest
LG is subtly upgrading its Optimus logo with a new look. In an effort to tie in the sleek look of the new Optimus line up, the logo is metallic and slim, just like the new phones. The logo is also modern and simple. LG says those qualities embody their philosophies on their devices. The new smartphones, and the new logo, will debut at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. Do you think the new logo reflects promise in the new Optimus line? Let us know in the comments. Also, check out the full press release below.
NEW LOGO FOR LG SMARTPHONES DEBUTS AT MWC 2012
LG to Transform Its Optimus Brand Logo with New Design-Oriented Handsets
SEOUL, Feb. 17, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) renews the logo design of its signature mobile phone brand, the Optimus, reflecting the company’s reinforced design leadership. The incumbent Optimus brand was initially introduced two years ago in line with the launch of the LG Optimus Q, LG’s first smartphone.
The new Optimus logo is designed to accentuate the metallic edges and slim shape of the 2012 smartphone line-up unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). It embodies modern and seamless simplicity, which is the core for LG’s design philosophy for mobile devices.
With the new logo and desired specifications, LG will offer superior smartphones that bring design prestige to users seeking aesthetic beauty on technological devices. Also, the company’s commitment to raise the ante by offering best quality products to consumers will be further reinforced.
Further details regarding and a live demo of the new smartphones with the new logo will be offered at LG Stand ( Hall 8 ) at MWC 2012 from February 27 to March 1.
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