LG G3 outsells Samsung Galaxy S5 in its first days of availability
Jun03

LG G3 outsells Samsung Galaxy S5 in its first days of availability

Well, well, well. It looks like LG is winning in the war against its arch-enemy, Samsung. Since going on sale in South Korea last week, the LG G3 has been consistently outselling the Samsung Galaxy S5. And we’re not talking about the S5’s sales right now, a few months after it was released. No, the following numbers compare the G3’s performance to the Galaxy S5’s sales in its first days of availability, back in April. And the situation is very good indeed for LG. The G3 has been averaging around 25,000 to 30,000 units sold per day since its release, compared to just 7,000 to 8,000 for the Galaxy S5. That’s quite a difference, more than a 3-to-1 ratio in fact. Compared to its flagship for last year, the G2, the G3 sold twice as much. What’s more, LG has been able to pull this off while also spending significantly less than Samsung on marketing. So it looks like that QHD (2,560×1,440) screen really is incredibly sought after, at least in Korea. Or maybe it’s the G3’s overall compactness that tipped the scales. Though the huge number of leaks of the G3 might have had something to do with the situation too, building up hype for the handset even before it was announced. Via...

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LG G Flex 2 and Vu 4 coming this year
May28

LG G Flex 2 and Vu 4 coming this year

Now that LG has made the G3 official, you may be thinking that 2014 is over for the Korean company – at least when it comes to big releases. Not so. During the press conference announcing the G3 in Korea, LG officials have admitted that they’re working both on a G Flex 2 as well as on a Vu 4. Both of these devices will get launched sometime during the second half of this year. The G Flex 2 will obviously be the follow-up to the G Flex from last year, one of the world’s first smartphones with a curved screen. It’s unclear whether LG plans to keep the display as it was in the original, or if the G Flex 2 will wow us with some other form factor. Given the name, though, it’s a must for it to have a flexible or bent touchscreen. The Vu line has somehow survived over the years despite it being unashamedly niche. And to think that at one time LG thought this would comprise of its competitors to the Samsung Galaxy Note series… Thankfully, the company has made the G Pro handsets in the meantime. But there is going to be a Vu 4, even if it may only be released in South Korea. We don’t have other details right now, but we’ll keep you posted. Via...

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LG G3 now official with 5.5″ 2,560×1,440 screen, compact body, metallic look
May28

LG G3 now official with 5.5″ 2,560×1,440 screen, compact body, metallic look

Finally, the day has come. The LG G3 has been announced, following months of leaks, speculation, and rumors. Thanks to the latest information, that we’ve gotten over the past few weeks, there’s nothing that really surprises us here, but make no mistake – this is one of the top devices of the year, giving the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 some much needed competition in the high-end Android space. The LG G3’s face is almost 77% screen, more in fact than its predecessor (which was already hailed for its small bezels). That’s probably why the Korean company thought it would get away with a 5.5-inch display in a mainstream flagship phone. Because of its small bezels, the G3 is smaller than other 5.5-inchers out there, but it’s still bigger (even if only slightly) than its main competitors, so it remains to be seen whether people will like its size. As anticipated, the G3’s screen has 2,560x,1440 resolution and 538 ppi pixel density. It also comes with a 13 MP rear camera with OIS+, dual-tone dual-LED flash and ‘laser’ autofocus, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.46 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, either 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage or 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an IR blaster, NFC, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with a simplified, flattened LG-made UI overlay on top. Its dimensions are 146.3×74.6×8.9 mm, and it weighs 149 grams. It’s still made out of plastic like the G2, but the back cover (which is now removable for easy battery swapping and whatnot) comes with a metallic-like finish which makes sure there won’t be any fingerprints visible like in the case of its predecessor. The G3 will be offered in white, black, gold, red, and violet. It will be out in South Korea tomorrow, with a global rollout to 170 carriers planned for June. In the US, all the ‘big four’ carriers will sell it – so regardless of whether you’re on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, you’ll soon be able to buy one. That said, Sprint will have the exclusive on the gold color. In the UK, the LG G3 is already up for pre-order at Clove, which is asking for £499 for one. The well known online retailer mentions July 1 as the shipping...

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LG G3 gets priced in Korea while Verizon’s version smiles in leaked press renders
May24

LG G3 gets priced in Korea while Verizon’s version smiles in leaked press renders

We’re now only three days away from the official unveiling of the LG G3. As such we’re seeing more and more leaks about the upcoming superphone. Now, for example, we even get an idea about what its pricing will be. At least in South Korea. That’s because LG U+, one of the three carriers in that country, has already put up a listing for the G3 on its website. And the price is attached: 650,000 won. That’s around $634 or €465 at the current exchange rates, and, to be honest, a lot lower than we expected given this device’s premium status. After all, it’s going to be the first smartphone from a big brand to rock a 2,560×1,440 screen, and the other specs are the absolute best they can be in this day and age. Interestingly, this price is also around $100-150 lower than what the Samsung Galaxy S5 went for in South Korea when it launched. Could that be replicated elsewhere? Is it possible that the LG G3 will be cheaper than the Galaxy S5? Maybe, but we wouldn’t be too sure just yet. In terms of pricing, things vary widely across the globe. So even if the G3 will be more affordable in one country, that doesn’t mean the situation can’t be different in other places. Finally for G3-related stuff today, a new press shot of the handset has been leaked. This time, we get to see the model that’s headed to Verizon, complete with carrier logos both on the front and on the back (as you’d expect from Big Red). This confirms that Verizon will sell the G3, and that the carrier still loves its logos very much indeed. Aside from the branding, though, this phone appears to be identical to the international model, so that’s a good thing. Via My LG Phones and...

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LG G Pro 2 Lite phablet gets examined by the FCC on its way to Verizon
May22

LG G Pro 2 Lite phablet gets examined by the FCC on its way to Verizon

Samsung isn’t the first company to play the ‘midrange phablet that shares looks with a high-end one’ game with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Way before that Korean company took to doing such things, LG was doing them. In 2013, LG’s flagship phablet was the Optimus G Pro, and it was complemented in the company’s portfolio by the G Pro Lite, a lower-end lookalike. And it appears that LG wants to do the same thing this year too. It’s already launched the 5.9-inch G Pro 2, so now we’re left waiting for a G Pro 2 Lite. And by the looks of things, we won’t be waiting long. The G Pro 2 Lite has seemingly passed through the FCC, in its Verizon-bound iteration that is. Fret not, though, fans of other carriers – it will be offered by AT&T and Sprint as well. Verizon’s SKU has the model number VS880, AT&T’s is the D631, and Sprint will have to make do with the LS885. The first two of those first leaked all the way back in March, believe it or not. The FCC has kindly provided us with the G Pro 2 Lite’s screen size, through its testing. The phablet will have a 5.7-inch display, so slightly smaller than the flagship’s (similarly to what Samsung is doing with the Note 3 line). The battery capacity is 3,200 mAh, so this handset should easily last one day of use, even in the most intensive of scenarios. That’s especially likely given that the previously leaked rest of its specs are decidedly midrange, and as such shouldn’t tax the battery too much. The G Pro 2 Lite should come with 720p HD screen resolution (down from 1080p on the bigger G Pro 2), a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926), an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 4G LTE, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot. It’s 152.1 mm long and 79.2 mm wide. So, compared to the G Pro 2, it’s going to be a downgrade in all respects aside from the battery. The CPU is the midrange part of choice these days, but it’s no match to the Snapdragon 800 in the bigger phablet, the rear camera is lower-res compared to the 13 MP unit in the G Pro 2, so is the front camera, RAM amount has been cut to a third, and the storage in half. These could all prove to be worthwhile compromises if the G Pro 2 Lite will be aggressively priced. But we’ll have to wait and see what...

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AT&T’s LG Optimus G Pro starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update today
May22

AT&T’s LG Optimus G Pro starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update today

Last we head anything about the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the LG Optimus G Pro from 2013, it was supposed to arrive in June. It’s not quite June yet, but AT&T’s version of LG’s first phablet is due to start receiving the new software version today. This could in fact be the first KitKat update for the original G Pro to roll out anywhere in the world, so that’s something. The update comes over-the-air, so your handset will notify you when it’s ready to download and install. As always in these cases, keep in mind that it might take a while for the update to reach your particular device, since such rollouts are staggered. The update brings with it restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, stronger security, better battery life, support for cloud printing, and enhanced processing speed. The update comes in at 700 to 800 MB, and won’t count against your data usage if you choose to download it over AT&T’s network. After applying the update, you’ll be on Android 4.4.2, software version E98020g. If you haven’t received the notification yet, you can manually check by going to Settings > General > About phone > Software update and tapping on Update...

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LG G3 has specs and features officially confirmed at secret event in South Korea
May21

LG G3 has specs and features officially confirmed at secret event in South Korea

The LG G3 has been leaked like crazy over the past few weeks, and now that we’re less than a week away from the official multi-city unveiling event they aren’t going to stop. On the contrary, it looks like with every day that goes by we see even more things about the G3 leak. Rarely though is a leak so official as this one. See, LG held a special secret event in its home country of South Korea, during which it talked about all of the G3’s features and specs. So this was like a launch before the actual launch. Or something like that. LG loves to do weird stuff with its device introductions. Anyway, we’re not complaining. And it’s not like the G3’s specs haven’t been leaked to the moon and back already, but it’s nice to get them straight from the horse’s mouth. The LG G3 will therefore have a 5.5-inch 2,560×1,440 QHD touchscreen (with 538 ppi pixel density), a 13 MP rear camera with dual-tone dual-LED flash and OIS+, a 2.1 MP front camera, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a 1W speaker, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 146.3×74.6×8.9 mm, which means it will be only marginally bigger than the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5 (that’s obviously its main competitor) despite the much larger display it sports. Once again, LG has played the small bezel game very well indeed. Wi-Fi and GPS aren’t mentioned on the leaked slides from LG’s mysterious event, but those are obviously going to be in. Much less clear is the fate of a possible microSD card slot. It too is missing from this list, but it may be in there as well. While everything here was pretty much expected what with all the leaks and the current top specs for high-end devices, perhaps the only slightly disappointing detail is the battery capacity, remaining unchanged from last year’s G2. That phone, however, only had a 5.2-inch 1080p screen – and not the 5.5″ super high-res beast we’re seeing this time around. It remains to be seen whether the G3 will be able to match its predecessor when it comes to battery life, especially as that is one of the longest lasting flagship smartphones in recent times. So those are pretty big shoes to fill for the LG G3. In South Korea, the G3 will get the model number F400, followed by S, K, or L for each carrier over there: SK Telecom, KT, or LG U+. As previously...

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LG L35 gets official in Germany
May20

LG L35 gets official in Germany

Last week the LG L35 got leaked on its way to certain parts of Europe. And now it’s been made official by LG, though not via an announcement or a press release – rather, the Korean company has quietly listed the L35 on its website for Germany. This was one of the countries we heard that the L35 was headed to, so it makes sense. Unfortunately right now there are no details about pricing or a release date, but we do have official pictures of the handset along with the full list of its specs. As you probably gathered from its name, the LG L35 is the new lowest-end offering in the company’s L III series, which made its debut in February with the L40, L70, and L90. The LG L35 comes with a 3.2-inch 480×320 IPS touchscreen, a 3 MP rear camera with VGA video recording, no front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor (MSM8210), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage (of which 1.4 GB is user-accessible), a microSD card slot, 14.4 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,540 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 109.4x59x11.9 mm, and it weighs 107.4 grams. It obviously runs Android, but the exact version isn’t mentioned on LG’s website. We’re hoping it’s 4.4 KitKat, which is what the rest of the L III line has. The L35 will be offered in white and black. It should also be headed to Spain, Italy, Portugal, and...

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Low-end LG L35 leaks on its way to Europe
May15

Low-end LG L35 leaks on its way to Europe

LG’s L III series is getting more and more crowded by the day. Originally, only three smartphones made up the line – the L40, L70, and L90 which were all announced at the same time in February. In the meantime, though, the LG L65 got official and started selling in Russia, and now it looks like a new handset will be joining these four. The L35 has been leaked, and as its name implies, it’s going to be the lowest-end offering in the new L III series. The L35 has a 3.2-inch 480×320 touchscreen, a 3 MP rear camera (and possibly no front camera), a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor (MSM8210), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 14.4 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,540 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat just like all its siblings, and that’s really the one cool feature about this handset. Its dimensions are 109.4x59x11.9 mm, and it weighs 108.4 grams. It will be offered in white and black. Sadly, we don’t yet have a picture showing it, but the leaked document shown above speaks about the first units having been shipped on May 10. That may signify an imminent launch. The first countries to get the L35 are Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Hungary. Via My LG Cell...

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LG G3 press renders leaked showing all three color versions in great detail
May14

LG G3 press renders leaked showing all three color versions in great detail

The LG G3 has been leaking like crazy lately, ahead of its official announcement on May 27. Even LG started teasing us by showing minute bits and pieces in a video yesterday. So far we’ve seen live images of the G3 in white (twice, actually) as well as gold, and we know there will be at least one additional launch color – grey. And today official-looking high-res press renders showing all of these versions have been leaked to Phone Arena. So, ladies and gentlemen, here’s the LG G3: Once again, it looks like LG has managed to cram as much screen as possible into a more compact chassis than those of competing devices. The G2 basically came with the dimensions of a 5″ handset, despite the fact that its display was a 5.2″ unit. In the case of the G3, the insanely small bezels are a must, since we’ve heard countless times that it will sport a 5.5-inch 2,560×1,440 touchscreen. At that size, we’re into phablet territory, so the Korean company must balance that with making the G3 as pocketable as possible so its sheer size doesn’t turn some people off purchasing one. As you can see, the G3 seems like it’s going to come with an IR LED blaster on the top side, just like some offerings from Samsung. But there’s no 3.5 mm headset jack over there, so we assume it’s on the bottom. The LG G3 should, according to past rumors and leaks, have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera with OIS+ and dual-tone LED flash, and it may bring with it a visually overhauled version of LG’s UI overlay that sits on top of Android. It will all get confirmed (or not) in less than two weeks. Though by the time the official announcement comes, we’ll probably have seen the G3 many more...

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