LG Innotek, the South Korean giant’s materials and components manufacturer, on Wednesday announced its new 15W (watt) wireless charging pad for smartphones. The new wireless charging pad is claimed to be three times faster than the existing 5W wireless charging module and is said to offer up to 50 percent of charge within 30 minutes of charging. LG also claims that the new 15W wireless charging pad speeds can equal wired quick charging speeds.
The new wireless charging pad from LG will be available in North America, Europe, and Australia from mid-October. The company says that the wireless charging pad incorporates new technology from LG Innotek that prevents the pad from overheating during charging. The wireless charging pad embeds sensors that measure the temperature and allow users to suspend charging when reaches a certain level by just touching the smartphone. LG believes that if the 15W wireless charging pad’s design is optimised for other applications, it can be utilised in automobiles as well as in furniture as an embedded type.
According to LG, the new charging pad can be used with most of the wireless charging smartphones currently available in the market and it meets the standards of Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is an international standardisation organisation for wireless charging.
Commenting on the announcement, Sung Huh, Head of Electronic Components Business Division, said, “As a wireless charging module is directly related to the convenience and safety of the users, we will meet the expectations of our customers with advanced performance and perfect product quality.
While Samsung is busy putting out fires (literally) on the Galaxy Note 7 recall, other smartphone makers are getting the most out of Samsung’s misery. The latest to take a dig at the South Korean giant is LG. The company’s customer care department seems to be randomly sending messages to users ahead of the Diwali festival with a friendly, yet mocking message.
The message – “Heard the news of exploding products? At LG, our products go through multiple tests to ensure safety of our most valuable asset – YOU. Have a safe Diwali with LG.” – is a clear jab at the recent news of exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices from Samsung.
Samsung officially announced a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 on September 2. Reports of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire has resulted in an unprecedented recall, costing the company billions of dollars. Samsung has been slowly replacing affected Galaxy Note 7 devices and said on Thursday more than 1 million people globally are now using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire.
In September, Lenovo-owned Motorola also took a jab at Samsung when it offered free Incipio offGRID Power Pack with every Moto Z Droid purchase with a quote that read “At Moto, our priority is safety first. Unlike some manufacturers, we adhere to the highest standards in quality and testing of all our batteries.”
The LG V20 is ready to go on sale this month and it looks like the company is hoping Samsung’s recent tragedy will attract customers over to its side. LG India’s Managing Director, Kim Ki-Wan, confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the company plans to bring the LG V20 smartphone to India soon, perhaps just in time for the Diwali festival.
LG at its September 7 event launched the first new smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box – the LG V20 – with dual screen and dual cameras. The price and availability details were not given by the company then. Now the company has officially confirmed that LG V20 is going to be available starting this week. The smartphone will make its public debut in LG’s home country, South Korea, followed by other regions like North America, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East over the course of the next several weeks. Pricing and availability for each region will be announced at the time of the local launch.
In addition to that, US e-commerce website B&H has listed the unlocked version of LG V20 for pre-orders starting October 17. However, it has not specified the price and availability of the smartphone in the US on its website. However, according to The Korea Times, LG V20 is reported to be priced at an equivalent of $804 (roughly Rs. 53,000) in its home market South Korea, where it is also launching first.
To recall, the LG V20 is an attempt from the company to revive the sales, as its flagship – the modular LG G5 smartphone – failed to do well in the market. It comes with a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and also a secondary display, such as was seen on the LG V10. The secondary display comes with a font size that’s 50 percent larger than that of V10.
The LG V20 packs a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 CPU, with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two running at 1.6GHz. It has 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options, with a support to expand via microSD card (up to 256GB). It also packs a 3200mAh battery. There is a dual rear camera setup in the smartphone, with a 135-degree 8-megapixel lens accompanied by 16-megapixel 75-degree lens, apart from a 5-megapixel 120-degree lens shooter on the front.
The V20 comes with features like 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder, and B&O Play speakers. It houses a bottom-mounted USB Type-C port and it will be available Titan, Silver, and Pink colour variants. In the meanwhile, LG India’s Managing Director, Kim Ki-Wan, confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the company plans to bring the LG V20 smartphone to India soon.
LG introduced the K7 smartphone in India earlier this year, and now the company has added some interesting features specifically for visually challenged users. The LG K7 was one of the first smartphones to flag off the company’s K-series, and the LG K7 LTE variant was also the first to be manufactured in India.
The LG K7 price remains unchanged at Rs. 9,500, but the company has updated the smartphone with new features like screen reading software (Talk back), and Text to Screen (TTS) language pack support. It will also come with in-built apps like Cozy Daisy Book Reader App (with three books preloaded), Voice Reader App, eReader App, GPS Essential App, Kota Magnifier App, and Play Magazine app.
The LG K7 smartphone will have call and text voice reading enabled by default, and will also have two word books and two PDF books preloaded. The company notes that a batch of these updated LG K7 units were distributed to differently abled people at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Gujarat, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations over the weekend.
“We are happy and extremely proud to make the smartphone more relevant for differently abled users, we have included special features to the K7. We hope that by doing this, we will be able to make a small difference to someone’s life and spread happiness.” Kim Ki-Wan, Managing Director, LG India said in a statement.
As for the technical specifications, they remain the same. The LG K7 features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) resolution display. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and packs a 1.1GHz quad-core SoC coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It bears a 5-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; 8GB of inbuilt storage, and 2125mAh battery. It supports 4G LTE, and measures at 143.6×72.5×8.9mm.
LG’s second-generation X-series smartphone, the X Power, has finally gone on sale in the UK. The LG X Power smartphone is now available online in the UK and has been priced GBP 199.98 (roughly Rs. 18,000) for the unlocked version.
To recall, LG unveiled the X Power smartphone back in June alongside the LG X Style, and the LG X Max, as well as LG X Mach smartphones without announcing availability or pricing details. As of now, there is no word whether the LG X Power smartphone will be available in markets outside the UK.
The biggest highlight of the LG X Power smartphone is its 4100mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 27 hours of talk time on 3G; up to 925 hours of standby time on 3G; up to 19 hours of video playback, and up to 185 hours of audio playback.
The LG X Power smartphone features a 5.3-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) LCD display and sports Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top for protection from scratches. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphone runs LG UX 5.0 on top. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of on-board storage which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).
The LG X Power sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and also packs a 5-megapixel front camera. The handset supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other standard connectivity options. The X Power also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging. The LG X Power is currently available in the UK via a third-party e-commerce website.
LG V20, the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, was officially unveiled in San Francisco on Tuesday. The LG V20 will be available in Korea later this month, and is expected to launch in India and other markets soon. LG V20 price would be revealed as and when it hits the retail shelves across the globe.
The LG V20 is made out of AL6013 metal – which is used to build aircraft, sailboats, and mountain bikes – and LG claims it can easily survive drops from a height of four feet. It comes with a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and a secondary display, also seen on the LG V10. The secondary display on the LG V20 comes with a font size that’s 50 percent larger font size compared to the V10, making it easier to view notifications and alerts at a glance. The new Expandable Notifications feature lets users tap a button on the Second Screen to enlarge notifications in order to check long messages at a glance and quickly send a reply or share information.
The LG V20 comes with features like 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (with support for flac, did, diff, and alac file formats), HD Audio Recorder, and B&O PLAY speakers, to keep the audiophile in you happy.
LG has packed the V20 to the brim with features to keep shutterbugs happy as well. There’s a dual rear camera setup, a 135-degree 8-megapixel lens accompanied by 16-megapixel 75-degree lens, accompanied by a 5-megapixel 120-degree lens on the front. The Auto Shot feature detects when you are smiling and automatically clicks a selfie.
The LG V20’s Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) integrates three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF, and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos. LG V20 can also record Hi-Fi videos and the optional Low Cut Filter (LCF) technology is said to remove unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) while recording audio, which can now be captured using 24-bit / 48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM). Optical image stabilisation (OIS) 3.0 is thrown in for good measure.
LG V20 of course comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, and the Google In Apps search function, with LG UX 5.0+, an upgraded version of the LG UX 5.0 first introduced on the LG G5, on top. The new In App search in the Google app, lets users find content from built-in apps including contacts, emails, text messages, and photos, as well as from user-installed apps. It also features the Multi-window mode, that lets you run two apps side-by-side.
“The LG V20 is designed to offer customers a more dynamic experience by building on the most popular video and audio features of the V series,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. “With the LG V20, we are giving our customers more of everything they love and less of anything they don’t need to set a new standard for premium smartphones.”
LG V20 packs in a USB Type-C port and it will be available in titan, silver, and pink colours.
In terms of other specifications, the LG V20 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two running at 1.6GHz. It will come with 32GB and 64GB storage options, with a microSD slot to expand it by another 256GB. It is powered by a 3200mAh battery.
The LG V20 is set to launch at an event in San Francisco at 6pm PT on Tuesday (6:30am IST on Wednesday), the successor to the LG V10.
Ahead of the launch, the LG V20 has been been leaked with a complete list of specifications, detailing almost everything about the smartphone over and above the official details that have been teased. According to the new leaked details, the LG V20 smartphone will feature a 5.7-inch QHD display and will sport a 16-megapixel dual camera at the back. Under the hood, the LG V20 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and will come with 4GB of RAM and will also be backed by a large 4000mAh battery.
The new leaked details comes courtesy a Weibo account posted by a Chinese tipster and first picked up by AndroidPure.
The yet-to-be-announced LG V20 smartphone has been leaked in several instances before and has also been seen in multiple leaked purported images. The smartphone is expected to sport a secondary display at the front. The LG V20 will be the successor to the LG V10, which was the company’s first smartphone featuring an Always On secondary display and a dual-rear camera setup with a wide-angle lens. We already know that the LG V20 will be the first new smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, it will sport a Quad DAC, and audio powered by B&O Play, apart from bundled B&O Play earphones.
Apart from the brand new Android N, the LG V20 will be also the first phone that will sport a dedicated shortcut for Google’s ‘In Apps’ feature on both the home screen and Second Screen. Users will be also able to search the pre-installed LG apps via the new search mode on the LG V20. Google’s ‘In Apps’ search will show content from installed apps on the Android device.
The South Korean giant will be betting heavily on the LG V20 to revive the smartphone business after the flagship LG G5 was not very well received in the global markets. LG also reported a total operating loss of roughly $132 million in the second quarter of 2016.
The LG V20 is all set to be unveiled on September 6, and Google has confirmed that the smartphone will be the first new smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Running up to the launch event, we’ve seen several render leaks, and now a live image of the LG V20 has surfaced online.
The LG V20 was snapped in the wild by Twitter user @TechMan72, and shows the front of the smartphone only. Even though the image is grainy, the LG branding at the bottom cannot be missed. There seems to be very thin bezel around the edges, and the front camera is where it was seen in past renders – on the top left of the smartphone.
This image was a response tweet to Evan Blass’s LG V20 render leak yesterday. Techman72 replied to Blass’s leak tweet, “Here’s a real pic of the V20, not some render.” Blass’s render image also showed the smartphone front. The render image shows the buttons forged into the display, and the second screen is seen on top. Renders of the LG V20 have been leaked by OnLeaks in the past as well, and they show the smartphone from all angles. There’s a dual camera setup expected at the back, with the fingerprint sensor sitting right below it. The USB Type-C port, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the speaker grill are all seen situated at the bottom of the device.
While there were earlier rumours of LG introducing the LG G5-like modular design on the LG V20, the latest renders show no release button hinting at a regular unibodied smartphone. The company has been boasting of the smartphone’s audio and sound capabilities, claiming that it will be the first in the world to sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback.LG is placing its bet on the V20 to revive its smartphone business, after the dismal performance of the LG G5. The flagship smartphone had weaker-than-expected sales following production difficulties, and LG reported a total operating loss of roughly $132 million in the second quarter of 2016.
LG has launched its X cam smartphone in India, featuring a dual rear camera setup with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 19,990 and will be available in its Titan Silver colour variant from Friday across stores in India.
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) card supporting LG X cam was first unveiled in February ahead of MWC 2016, but only started rolling out globally in March.
Apart from the dual rear camera setup, the other highlight of the LG X cam is its 3D Arc Glass design. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the LG UI 5.0 skin atop. It sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) In-cell display, is powered by a 1.14GHz octa-core SoC, coupled with Mali-T720MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
As for optics, the LG X cam bears a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup, with the second sensor coupled with a wide-angle lens. On the front, the smartphone bears a 5-megapixel camera. LG is also touting a Pop Out Picture feature that combines 6 images into a moving image. The X cam comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in the hybrid dual-SIM card slot.
Connectivity options on board the LG X cam include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio with RDS. Sensors on board include proximity, accelerometer, magnetometer, and ambient light sensor. The smartphone weighs in at 118 grams, and measures 147.7×73.6×6.9mm. It’s powered by a 2520mAh battery.Note: An earlier version of this article quoted a Rs. 21,500 price tag based on the company listing.
It only takes one smartphone to turn around the fortunes for any company and it will not be wrong to say the LG is pinning many of its hopes on the LG V20’s successful launch on September 6. Now, several renders of company’s upcoming smartphone have leaked online and give us a closer look of the device.
The South Korean company has been boasting about the audio and video playback capabilities of the smartphone, most recently revealing the audio will be powered by B&O Play, but also doesn’t fail to remind everyone from time to time that it will be the first phone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. However, one interesting aspect about the leaked renders is that they show that the company might be sticking with the second screen feature, which was introduced with LG V10 last year.
The presence of the second screen has been depicted in the renders of the phone spotted by Droid Life as well as in the render leaked by famous tipster Evan Blass. Further, in the renders spotted by Droid Life, the phone can be seen sporting a dual-camera setup with dual-LED sitting right beside it.
Although, there were suggestions that the smartphone might be modular, the leaked renders do not give any indication of modularity like on LG’s G5 smartphone. As pointed out by The Next Web, the lower portion of the smartphone does not look big enough to be easily swappable and therefore the company might have changed its mind about the feature.
Even though the timing of the leaks and credibility of Evan Blass do suggest that the final build might be closer to the renders, we will still have to wait till September 6 to confirm whether the smartphone will actually sport the leaked features.
Earlier this week, Google started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat for its Nexus smartphones and not only did the search giant release it earlier than usual, it also broke its tradition of launching platform lead devices for the new OS. Google also confirmed the LG V20 will be the first new smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.