Thanks to a leak of an unannounced product site, we are getting an advance look at the LGG4 smartphone ahead of its official unveiling on April 28. The G4 will feature a vibrant 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, removable 3,000mAh battery, microSD slot, and a f/1.8 camera with an infrared color accuracy sensor, second-generation image stabilization, and a full manual mode. Another interesting revelation is that the phone will come in a series of color options including multiple shades of real leather.
Check out some early images here, and stay tuned for more in-depth information as the release date approaches.
Many smartwatches have a tendency to look like a tiny computer on your wrist. But Huawei‘s first shot at the wearable looks more like a classic timepiece.
The Chinese manufacturer announced its entry into the smartwatch market on Sunday at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Huawei Watch is an elegant circular watch that runs on Google’s Android Wear software. The company is targeting both men and women with the product, allowing users to personalize it based on colors (silver, black and gold), a variety of band options (for example, leather and stainless steel) and 40 different watch faces.
The Huawei Watch will launch by mid-2015, likely in June.
The AMOLED display is 42 mm in diameter, which, according to the company, is the most compact design that exists. This was to make it more appealing to both genders; typically, smartwatches skew more masculine-looking because of the limited size and style options. The display is protected with a sapphire crystal covering to prevent scratching, which is a nice touch. Many existing smartwatches on the market are protected with Gorilla Glass, but traditional watches typically come with sapphire crystal glass, which has a different look.
Like other smartwatches, the Huawei Watch will let wearers receive text messages, check email, receive phone call notifications, play with apps and view their calendars directly from the touchscreen. The device is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor and syncs up with smartphones running Android 4.3 and higher. Under the hood, the Huawei Watch includes 4GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility.
The watch can also function as a fitness tracker; its sensor can tell whether a person is running, biking or sleeping, and tracks those stats, including calories burned, distance traveled and heart rate via its built-in heart rate monitor.
Huawei added that it will be building a “health and lifestyle ecosystem” to help users stay on top of their goals and progress, with the help of partners and app platforms like Jawbone.
The circular shape and the stainless steel frame is a nod toward traditional watches and a design that most consumers already consider more appealing. As we’ve noted previously, many smartwatches — including the Apple Watch, slated to be released in April — have square or rectangular-shaped designs, because it’s difficult to fit so much technology into a smaller, curved case. But Huawei does a striking job.The arrival of the Huawei Watch doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Manufacturers with roots in the smartphone industry like Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola have already invested big money and resources into developing a wearable, so it makes sense for Huawei to follow suit. The look of the watch isn’t a huge shocker, either; two promotional videos leaked online earlier in this weekend, which were pulled shortly after. A promotional ad for the watch was also spotted at the El Prat airport in Spain.
This isn’t Huawei’s first attempt at wearables. Last year, it launched the TalkBand 1, a fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset hybrid.
The Huawei Watch has the potential to inch out competitors also banking on the circular look, like the Moto 360. However, unlike other competitors like the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch runs on Android Wear, which has gotten shaky reviews.
The Huawei Watch will launch in 20 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Pricing and availability has not been announced yet and will vary depending on the market, the company said.
LG has announced the release of its first all-metal luxury Android wearable, the LG Watch Urbane. The smartwatch is designed for sophisticated and cosmopolitan wearers, delivering exceptional levels of technology and performance. Unlike its predecessors, the luxury smartwatch resembles a traditional timepiece appropriate for both sexes. The strap can be replaced with any 22mm wide band, allowing the individual to switch the watch face for any occasion.
The device is compatible with any smartphone running Android version 4.3 and above. For more information on this luxury wear device, click here.
As much as we like LG‘s impressive OLED displays, the price has always been a problem. Dropping from $15,000 retail to $3,500 was impressive, but the company knows it will have to do better than that for any kind of mass appeal. The LG Display arm that supplies its screens is promising a slew of new OLED panels at this year’s show, and we’re expecting they’ll end up in LG Electronics TVs on the show floor — and store shelves. One thing we know is coming is the “Art Slim” concept (pictured after the break), which promises a 65-inch UHD TV that weighs just 35 lbs, coming home this year as LG’s UF9500 LCD.
CES 2015 will have the first curved 55-inch Ultra HD OLED, plus a few other sizes (like the 65-incher above) and variants between flat and curved. Of course, LG doesn’t just make TV screens — it’s also promising a 15-inch touchscreen laptop display that takes the Advanced In-Cell Touch tech from phones and tablets to laptops.
Of course, since LG Display is the supplier, we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out how much all of these will actually cost once they go on sale.
Ending a long period of speculation, LG revealed that it will have new TVs of the extra-large, super duper high-res variety to show off during CES next week. While that’s not really a surprise, one thing we should note is that all of them are flat — no anti-curved glasses necessary here. Spanning eight different product lines (UC9, UB9800, UF9500, UF9400, UF8500, UF7700, UF6800 and UF6700), LG’s Ultra HD TVs have more than just the quantum dot and webOS 2.0 Smart TV updates we’ve heard about. They’re also thinner than ever (of course), with promised upgrades for the color balance and black levels. The embedded 4K video decoder can handle 30fps or 60fps inputs and is “future-proof” for future standards, but we haven’t heard specific details about things like expanded color depth.
We’re also waiting to hear about shipping dates or prices, but right now all we know is that five of the new lines (UC9, UB9800, UF9500, UF9400, and UF8500) will feature multi-channel “Ultra Surround” speakers built-in, while the UF9500 has an Auditorium Stand to help focus the sound. We’ll know more about whether they live up to the hype — or if you should keep waiting for those slick OLED screens to come down in price — after we’ve had our retinas seared in Las Vegas next week, so check back then.
A trait of good business leaders is that however high they rise in the company, they never overlook the organization’s frontline operations. It’s important, even for presidents and CEOs, to understand how low-level employees go about their tasks and the manner in which products are purchased and used.
According to accusations from Korean electronics maker Samsung, though, a senior executive from rival LG Electronics got a little too zealous in his point-of-sale activities when he stopped by a retailer and broke one of Samsung’s display models.
In September, Seong-Jin Jo, president and CEO of LG Electronics’ home appliance division, was in Berlin for a trade show. While in the German capital, he visited an appliance store which had a Samsung washing machine on display.
In footage from the store’s security cameras, Jo can be seen repeatedly opening and closing the door of the machine, which was later found to be damaged. Samsung asserts that Jo’s fiddling with the door was a deliberate attempt to break it, and has filed a complaint with the district attorney’s office in Seoul. The complaint also names four other Samsung employees, claiming disruption of business activities and property damage.
LG fired back with a strong denial. “All companies examine the products of competitors, and President Jo was merely checking the manner in which the door opens,” the company said in a statement. “We wouldn’t have one of our executives travel all the way overseas for the purpose of damaging a specific company’s products.”
▼ Although “International Corporate Appliance Assassin” is now rocketing up the ranks of our dream job list.
Not only is LG claiming innocence, the company has counterattacked with a complaint to the district attorney of its own, contending that the accusations made by Samsung constitute defamation. LG doesn’t believe this is any sort of honest mistake, either.
“In the video given by Samsung to the Korean media, Samsung employees can be seen pounding on a washing machine repeatedly,” LG claims. “If this is the same washing machine Samsung claims was broken by President Jo, then this is a case of tampering with evidence,” which is the second offense on LG’s legal complaint.
Jo had been scheduled to attend January’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Korean authorities say they will require his presence as part of the ongoing investigation, however, and on December 22 media outlets reported that the LG president has been temporarily barred from leaving the country. LG has not yet announced who will replace Jo at the American trade show, but whoever gets the nod might want to be extra delicate in how he or she handles any non-LG products during the trip.
LG has officially debuted the G Watch R, the successor to the electronic giant’s original G Watch. Improving upon the original design, the G Watch R features a more traditional circular case housing a 1.3-inch plastic OLED display. Internally, the watch doesn’t differ much from the original; the battery has been slightly uprated, while the processor is the same 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of memory. What is new is the watch’s heart rate monitor, which should allow this watch to double as a fitness tracker.
Expect the G Watch R to reach retailers sometime in October or November.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen any new curved or flexible displays following LG‘s G Flex and Samsung‘s Galaxy Round smartphones. LG Display is thinking bigger now. It’s announced that it’s been able to create an 18-inch OLED panel that has enough give and flexibility to roll into a tube that’s a mere 3cm across. The prototype currently has a resolution of 1,200 x 810, while it’s a new polyamide film on the back of the panel (instead of the typical plastic) which offers the panel substantially more flexibility — and it’s also even thinner.
Alongside the flexible demo, LG’s also crafted a transparent OLED panel which has triple the transmittance of existing see-through LCD displays — that means the picture looks much better and less hazy. According to LG Display’s SVP and Head of R&D, In-Byung Kang, he’s confident that “by 2017, we will successfully develop an Ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches.” Crank up that resolution and bring on the roll-up TVs.
Submitting its own contender to the smartwatch arena, LG has just launched its G Watch with Google’s Android Wear OS. The watch features a 1.65-inch (280 x 280) IPS display, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a Snapdragon 400 processor — the same found in the Galaxy S4 Mini. Other hardware features include a nine-axis gyroscope, accelerometer and compass for interaction with navigation and fitness apps.
All of this is housed inside an IP67 dust and water-resistant stainless steel case, available in both Black Titan and White Gold. Both have matching silicone bands that are swappable for any 22mm strap.
The $229 USD G Watch goes on pre-order today through Google Play in 12 countries including the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, South Korea and Japan.
LG Electronics introduced the highly anticipated LG G Watch, one of the first devices powered by Android Wear, Google’s new operating system which extends the Android platform to wearables. As a wrist wearable device featuring a button-less design, the G Watch is aimed at a mass audience with its simple minimalist design, quick and “glance-able” access to useful information and seamless connectivity with other Android devices. At the core of the LG G Watch is a powerful and energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocking in at 1.2GHz. Paired with a low power consuming Always-On 1.65-inch IPS display with true-to-life color reproduction, the G Watch enhances the functionality of Android smartphones by providing quick access to useful information.
Connected via Bluetooth, the LG G Watch displays messages, shows who’s calling, controls music playback and more without the smartphone ever having to be removed from your pocket.Integral to the LG G Watch and Android Wear is a simple new user experience designed around cards, which provides useful information when it’s needed, and voice recognition which allows one to ask questions and get things done easily. With voice recognition, users can send text messages and search for useful information just by saying, “Ok Google.”
The G Watch will be offered in two colors — Black Titan and White Gold — and is constructed of PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coated stainless steel with a rugged silicone wristband in matching color. Furthermore, the G Watch is designed to be protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes to a depth of one meter. The LG G Watch is now available for pre-order on the Google Play Store for $229 USD.