Last night we told you that the LG Nexus 5 cleared the FCC, and now that everyone has had a chance to study the documents, we have a little more information on the specs. We now know that it will come with a 4.96-inch screen or shall we say 5-inches? We don’t have confirmation on the resolution, but we can only assume 1080p.
It will also sport the Snapdragon 800, which is a little surprising to me. We don’t usually see the most up to date processors in Nexus devices. The battery is a little smaller than other flagships. At 2300 mAh, one has to wonder what kind of life we are going to get if it’s pushing a 1080p display.
A couple of days ago, the next Nexus phone made a guest appearance in a Google video, and we just want to know who is manufacturing it? An LG logo appeared to be at the bottom of the device, but there were some rumblings that it could be made by Sony since the camera lens is in the same exact spot as the Xperia Z1. Well I think we can safely say that LG is the chosen one based on a FCC filing for an LG phone with a model number of D820.
Just take a look at the inside of the back cover (above) and tell me it doesn’t line up with exactly what we saw in the video. It also appears to be running firmware M89974A with “aosp_hammerhead-userdebugKyeLimePieFACTORYeng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154″ as the software version. Not sure why Key Lime Pie is listed, but it’s safe to assume this is KitKat folks.
There’s a lot of excitement that’s coming with the news that the newest Android OS will be called KitKat, and not Key Lime Pie as everyone originally thought. A necessary step towards KitKat is of course the statue being erected among the Honeycomb, Gingerbread Man, Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean statues at Google’s headquarters. If you want to see KitKat man going up, you’re in luck, as Google has released a video showing just that.
But, what’s that 38 seconds into the video? It looks a lot like a new Nexus to us. It has a horizontal Nexus logo like the Nexus 7, but it’s definitely smaller than the tablet, and larger than the Nexus 4 right next to this mysterious device. There’s a huge camera with flash, and just maybe we can see an LG logo. What do you think? Click past the break to watch the video yourself.
LG sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the G2 will be available this month in the U.S. and Germany. Other markets will follow soon after.
“The positive market feedback after the initial launch in Korea proved to us that the LG G2’s consumer-oriented innovation does resonate with customers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G2 was developed as a global device for a global audience, beyond the scope of any smartphone we’ve introduced to date. I’m confident consumers will see the difference.”
We should start hearing from the carriers in the next day or so on their exact intentions. Who is going to grab the G2? Full presser after the break.
In an effort to distinguish its own product from those that will be unveiled at IFA this week, LG officially announced their G Pad 8.3 yesterday. The 8-incher will feature a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA full HD screen, a whopping 4,600mAh battery, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 16 GB internal storage, and 2 GB RAM. It packs a lot, but it’s still just 8.33mm thick and weighs 338 grams.
The tablet will run Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box, and features a lot of the same software enhancements loaded up on the LG G2 inlcuding QPair, QSlide, KnockOn, etc.
The device will be available globally in Q4 in two color options: black or white. Expect to hear more once we see it in full at IFA. Hit the break for the full press release.
In a very cool publicity stunt, LG sent the G2 to space to film Earth. As you can imagine, this is no easy undertaking. It took 45 days of preparation that yielded 58 hours of video. Not to mention serious weather conditions. Eventually LG was able to get the G2 up by balloon and took some amazing footage at low altitudes and as high as the troposphere and stratosphere. That’s upwards of 18 miles where the temperature is -58 degrees F.
What is most amazing is the breaktaking video that the G2 was able to achieve. Unlike the Galaxy Note III, the G2 has optical image stabilization (OIS). In fact it’s the only smartphone with a 13MP camera that sports OIS. As you can imagine, the G2 hanging from a balloon had some serious shake to it, but the video is very smooth. The other factor is low light. Just take a look at the footage from the stratosphere and you will see how the G2 shined in low light.
The Optimus G Pro’s camera impressed me, so I can only imagine how good the G2 camera is going to be. Hit the break to check it out.
We’re finally able to see what’s likely going to be the LG G Pad 8.3 thanks to this newly leaked press render that places the tab next to LG’s G2 superphone. Now, I’m not saying LG is trying to be similar to Samsung, but I think it’s safe to say they’re taking notice of what’s successful and what isn’t. The G Pad takes many design cues from its little brother, the G2, which is great for giving these LG devices a uniform look whether its a phone or tablet. There’s a few subtle differences, such as where the speakers and cameras are located, but it’s still a similar look that I think will do well for LG.
Unfortunately, no confirmation on specs or release date, but the world is expecting LG to take the wraps off the G Pad 8.3 at IFA. Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer.
Following a bunch of leaked images of the device, LG’s Optimus L9 II has finally been announced in the Netherlands. Confirmed specs from the press release include a 4.7-inch true HD IPS display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, a 2,150 mAh battery, and an IR-port. Camera specs are yet to be released, but 8 MP is expected for the main camera, alongside a 1.2 MP front-shooter.
Price is still unknown but the device is expected to be released this October. More to come as details are released.
While you’re waiting for the G2 to debut on the major carriers in September, you may as well check out the video that LG just uploaded to its YouTube account. In the sub-four minute introduction video you’ll get to see all the fancy features awaiting you after you purchase the phone. Besides the rear key functionality, you’ll see the Audio Zoom feature, “Slide Aside” multitasking features, OIS Stabilization and more. Of course if you’ve been living under a rock and missed the whole thing we have the event for you right here. Otherwise you can check out the newest video after the break. Enjoy!
LG gave us some really cool teasers just before the G2 was unveiled, but the G Pad isn’t getting the same treatment. They just released a teaser video that is nothing more than a bunch of people trying to answer the question, “what would make a tablet just right for you?” Hmmm, do you think LG is trying to tell us that have come up with a tablet that is just right for me, and you too?
From what I can gather from the answers, you can expect it to be light, thin, and have connectivity to LG televisions. If you have 78 seconds that you don’t mind losing from your life, go ahead and hit the break and check out the video.