LG has had its share of ups and downs in the smartphone game, and the company hasn’t made as much of an impact in the market as they would have liked. From being one of the first companies to feature a flagship with a Quad HD display, to the unique rear button layout, along with the experiment in modularity that was the LG G5, LG hasn’t shied away from taking chances, even if not all of them have clicked. Apart from solid flagship offerings, LG also boasts a robust mid-range and entry-level portfolio that range the price spectrum, so there is an option available for everybody. Here is a roundup of some of the best LG smartphones you can buy! Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch. Best high-end LG phone: LG G6 The LG G6 may appear to be a step back for the company with the phone being more standard than its modular predecessor, but the device offers everything that you would expect from a current generation flagship. Apart from the high-end specifications, you get a beautiful metal and glass construction, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, wireless charging (in the US version only) and fast charging capabilities, an excellent dual camera setup, and gorgeous display with an unique 18:9 aspect ratio, rounded corners, and incredibly thin bezels along its sides. Something to keep in mind is that not all LG G6s are created equal. For example, the version that will be released in the US will be the only one to feature wireless charging, while the Hi-Fi Quad DAC will be in the model available in South Korea and other select markets in Asia. Further, the version with 64 GB of built-in storage will also launch in only a handful of […]

  Over three months after it was officially announced at MWC 2017, Sony’s latest flagship phone, the Xperia XZ Premium, will finally go on sale in mid-June in the US. Online pre-orders will begin on June 12, via Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s and other retailers. Brace yourself for some sticker shock: the unlocked phone will have the very high-end price of $799.99.  Shipments of the phone will begin on June 19. See also: Sony Xperia XZ Premium hands-on February 27, 2017 The Xperia XZ Premium will have a 5.5-inch 4K LCD screen with HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, along with Gorilla Glass 5. Inside, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Android 7.1 Nougat, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add more storage. The phone will also have a 19 MP rear camera with the ability to capture slow-motion video at 960 fps. Finally, it will also have a 3,230 mAh battery. The US version will lack its side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is available in other markets. The phone will have three color options: Luminous Chrome, Deepsea Black, and Bronze Pink. It will support GSM cellular networks such as the ones supported by AT&T and T-Mobile. Sony also announced that June 12 will be the date for pre-orders to begin in the US for the mid-range Xperia XA1 Ultra, with shipments to begin on June 21. It will also go on sale in retail stores starting on July 2. Sony did not reveal a price for the Xperia XA1 Ultra. It has a 6-inch 1080p display and inside it will have a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage, with a microSD card that can support up to 256 GB of additional storage.  It […]

The Moto G5 and G5 Plus may have not long hit the market, but slides from a leaked presentation suggest that Motorola is already planning to release two more G series phones later this year, called the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. A mid- or later-year refresh is out of step with the long running cycle for the G series, leaving some to wonder if more meaningful changes could be afoot. So far, we don’t have too many details on either of these devices, aside from a few leaked specs and some press renders. Both devices will come with 1080p displays at 5.2 and 5.5 inches, respectively, and the Moto G5S will feature a dual camera setup. These are decent enough starting points for Motorola’s most popular budget-friendly range, but I have quite a wish list for these upcoming models. See also: Moto G5S and G5S Plus: all the rumors in one place 6 days ago Even out the hardware While already decent enough performers for your day to day tasks, the first thing I would like to see with the Moto G5S range is a reduction in the hardware differences between the two models, especially when it comes to the processing performance of the presumably lower cost G5S model. While I fully appreciate that opting for a lower cost processor between the regular G and G Plus variants helps to keep the price of the former as low as possible, which is part of the appeal, but this rather large difference with the G5 range can produce two quite different experiences. The 1.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 inside the Moto G5 is considerably slower than the 2.0 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 inside the G5 Plus, with scores of around 40,000 and 60,000 in AnTuTu, respectively. While this gap isn’t going to ruin your experience, […]

The Verge Andy Rubin’s Essential just launched its first smartphone, and to say that it’s controversial is a bit of an understatement. There’s plenty to like about the Essential Phone, but also a few curious omissions and one design choice that is very hard to gloss over, whether you like it or not – that front-facing camera that cuts into the screen. The Essential Phone’s design definitely stands out, but it’s not completely unique. A recently discovered patent suggests LG is working on phones with a similar design. The patent in question depicts a phone with a centrally-positioned front camera that cuts into a “bezel-less” screen with rounded corners. Here’s the image: This prompted Phandroid’s Andrew Myrick to speculate that LG could be Essential’s manufacturing partner, similarly to how Google and HTC have collaborated to produce the Pixel and Pixel XL. The resemblance between LG’s patent schematic and the Essential Phone is undeniable, but it’s probably just a coincidence, as LG shot down any connection to Andy Rubin’s company. “Any resemblance is coincidental and we are not in a position to comment on any speculative business strategies,” a company representative told Android Authority. “Any resemblance is coincidental” Even without LG’s rebuttal, there’s a big, if not obvious, difference between the Essential Phone and the hypothetical device in LG’s patent. On the Essential, the camera simply cuts into the screen. On the LG phone, the camera appears to be flanked by two display strips that show shortcuts or controls for specific apps, similarly to the secondary displays on the LG V10 and V20. The actual display is below the camera, so it’s not cut off. One final thing to consider is that, well, Essential is no Google, and LG is no HTC. In other words, LG has little reason to play ODM for […]

After months of rumors, Andy Rubin, also known as the “father of Android”, has finally introduced his new handset, called the Essential Phone. It has a nearly bezel-less display and a Snapdragon 835. Read more…

There’s a lot of demand for smartphone OLED displays on the market. That’s why LG Display has decided to invest 4 trillion won (around $3.5 billion) to set up a new production plant called P10, which will help it increase the production capacity of OLED panels. The report comes via The Investor and claims that the new plant will be up and running in the second quarter of 2018. Additionally, LG Display also plans on increasing the production of OLED displays at its two current plants, the E5 and E6. See also: LG Display sees record operating profits in Q4 2016 January 24, 2017 By 2019, the company’s production capacity is expected to be around 120,000 units per month. LG Display will still be way behind the market leader Samsung, which can produce twice as many OLED displays every month. The tech giant is currently by far the biggest player in the industry with a market share of more than 95 percent. Samsung’s dominance might change over the next few years as LG Display, as well as a few other companies, will increase the production of OLED panels to keep up with the demand. LG is rumored to ink a deal with Apple to supply it with OLED displays for the upcoming iPhone and has been in talks with Google regarding a possible investment.

Andy Rubin’s Essential Products has revealed a new device that goes head to head with Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers and the Google Home. Called the Essential Home, it’s basically a digital assistant for your house that is equipped with a round screen and can be activated with a question, a tap, and even a glance. So, what exactly does it do? Well, it allows you to control your music, set timers, and control your lights, among other things. Of course, you can also ask it a bunch of different questions and it should provide you with an answer right away. It basically does more or less the same thing as its competitors. However, the company does claim that the device is a lot more focused on privacy. Unlike the Google Home and Amazon Echo, for example, which work by sending your data to a remote server, the Essential Home is designed to talk to devices over your in-home network in order to limit sending data to the cloud. See also: Notifications coming soon to Alexa-powered devices 2 weeks ago Unfortunately, a lot of the details regarding the device remain a mystery for now. The company hasn’t announced how much it will retail for and when it will be available. It hasn’t even shared any real-life images of the Essential Home, but it did post a few renders online that show the device in action. The demand for devices like the Essential Home is increasing, so it’s no wonder that more companies are entering the market. According to a recent report by eMarketer, Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices are way ahead of the competition when it comes to sales. They are expected to claim a 70.6 percent share of the US market in 2017, followed by the Google Home with a market share of […]

It was set to be a revolutionary moment. Samsung was going to give us a glimpse at the future, its first-ever flexible display, a product that could bring about a whole new era in smart technology, where the screens don’t crack, but instead, bend and stretch when force is exerted upon them. A groundbreaking new technology, for use in IoT devices, smartwatches, smart cars, AI products and more… This is what we saw. As you might expect, the YouTube comments on the video haven’t been kind. “What is this crap!”, “WTF did I just watch???” and “I love the clarity of this demonstration,” are just some of the responses you’ll find there. What the video shows off is a 9.1-inch OLED screen being pushed in its center, as viewed from two angles (I think). It was unveiled at the Society for Information Display (SID) conference in LA last week. Unlike other OLED/LCD displays, Samsung’s flexible prototype can move in two directions, acting similar to a rubber balloon when pressed. See also: Check out Samsung’s next high-end Android flip phone 4 hours ago It is an exciting future prospect, though it’s still a number of years from commercialization, and could open the doors to innovative new products that aren’t restricted by the properties of traditional displays, which have been, since their inception, rigid. Indeed, there are going to be many that come to Samsung’s defense regarding the video, but I think few would argue that this is a great way to show off a new technology. Confusion is one of the last states you want to elicit from those witnessing a product demonstration — and Samsung has done just that. An explanation of what the two planes are, and why it was filmed in the dark, could have gone a long way for viewers. For […]

The Essential phone, the new handset from Android creator Andy Rubin, is finally here. The smartphone was unveiled on the official Essential.com site (via The Verge) earlier today, which outlined all of the key details about the upcoming device. The handset features a near bezel-less display that hugs the central front-facing camera at the top of the device face (similar to the front camera setup shown in a recent LG patent.) That screen doesn’t cover quite the whole body, though, and the Essential features a noticeable chin at the bottom of the handset. On the back, you’ll find a fingerprint scanner and a unique sensor setup — and you may notice a lack of branding. The essential is made from a combination of titanium and ceramic which should make it pretty durable. On the back, you’ll find a fingerprint scanner and a unique sensor setup — as well as a complete lack of branding. The device itself is made from a combination of titanium and ceramic which should make it pretty durable. In terms of the Essential phone’s specs, inside you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage space. Meanwhile, the display comes in at 5.71-inches, with a 19:10 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1312 pixel resolution (almost QHD) with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. There’s an 8 MP front-facing camera with 4K recording and on the back is a dual 13 MP camera setup with f/1.85, similar to the Huawei P9. The battery comes in at 3,040 mAh and the handset will feature USB Type-C, but it won’t house a 3.5 mm headphone jack (though it will come with an adapter in the box). In addition, the device will launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and include NFC capabilities. The […]

Originally released as an arcade game in 1999, before making its way to the Sega Dreamcast and other platforms, Crazy Taxi has been available on mobile devices for a while – and it’s now free to play. Read more…

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