It seems that metal is the material of choice for manufacturers wanting a premium looking (and feeling) smartphone, but what about good old plastic? Samsung was often derided for using plastic on its flagships when the likes of Apple and HTC were using metal. Now, most manufactures, Samsung included are building their high end smartphones from metal, but there are a few hold outs still sticking to plastic.
The LG G Pad F 7.0, the tablet that was released through Sprint last Friday, could be making its way to rival networks AT&T and T-Mobile. The Sprint device comes with the model number LG LK430, while two model numbers (V495 and V497) recently passed through the FCC and were described as "Multi-band WCDMA/LTE Tablet with WLAN and Bluetooth."
Remember the frankly bizarre LG AKA that the company rolled out last November? Well, the handsets came with unique cases and "personalities" and were launched as South Korean exclusives. LG did not hint that the devices would be sold elsewhere, but they are now heading to Taiwan.
A report out of Taipei is suggesting that some of the most renowned names in the smartphone world will begin focusing on lower end devices as opposed to flagship handsets. The companies mentioned are Sony, Acer, and LG, with the report saying that declining sales in the high end market will force these companies to focus their attention on other price points.
A brand new previously unreleased LG phablet has shown up on the FCC and it seems to be a handset that is destined for Sprint in the US market. Currently carrying the model number LG LS770, it is unclear when the handset will be launched or indeed exactly what it will be, although the listed specs point to the LS770 being a mid-range smartphone.
LG has made it clear that the G4 flagship is imminent, the company has had a policy recently of being very forthcoming about launches. The Korean giant says that the G4 will be a radical departure from the outgoing G3 and now we can see the first render of the device, or at least that?s the image you see above according to @OnLeaks.
Last year LG launched the G3 and had arguably the best smartphone on the market. Indeed, the handset still stands up now, even when it is up against much newer devices. LG even managed to get one over Korean rival Samsung, but the Galaxy S6 launched last week may have stolen the initiative back from LG. Not to worry, the company says that the upcoming G4 flagship will once again put LG just back when it is launched in either April or May this year.
Just how much you should change a smartphone from one generation to the next is a hot topic this week. On the one hand HTC has only incrementally updated it One M8 to create the new One M9 flagship, while on the other Samsung showed off the Galaxy S6, a completely fresh new device (even if Samsung's Galaxy heritage is firmly in place). So what is LG to do when the company releases the follow up to the G3 in a couple of months' time?
The LG G Pro is a couple of years old, the Korean company's then flagship phablet has even been replaced by the G Pro 2 and the line is set to be discontinued in 2015. However, LG is still supporting its aging device it seems as the company has begun rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the G Pro. Although, it is worth noting that at the moment the upgrade is exclusive to South Korea, but will almost certainly move to other regions in the coming weeks.
The recently launched LG G Watch Urbane, a wearable that may have a claim to being the best looking smartwatch yet. The Urbane will have some other calling cards too, including LTE and from what LG says, the best battery life we have seen before in such a wearable. There will be two versions of the G Watch Urbane, a regular one, and one that is packing LTE, allowing it to make calls.