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LG’s Optimus L7 brings ICS, 4.3-inch screen to market starting today

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

LG's Optimus L7 brings ICS and a 4.3-inch screen to market starting today

The high end edition of LG’s new L-Style Optimus line is ready to roll, as the company announced the Optimus L7 is available in various “major” European and Asian locales. In case it’s been forgotten in the midst of its fellow L-branded smartphones like the L3 that launched in March, the L7 is an Android 4.0 handset with a 4.3-inch screen and 8.7mm-thick frame. Check out our hands on impressions from MWC for more info, or just look for it to appear on your carrier sooner rather than later.

Gallery: LG Optimus L-series hands-on at MWC 2012

LG’s Optimus L7 brings ICS, 4.3-inch screen to market starting today originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 May 2012 23:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S ICS-like ‘value pack’ upgrade officially released in Korea

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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The so-called Value Pack upgrade that was leaked for original Samsung Galaxy S devices after the company announced they would not be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (it was later given a passing mention in the Galaxy S II ICS upgrade notes) has been officially released, at least in Korea. The official Samsung Tomorrow page has a link to Gingerbread and Froyo upgrades for the Galaxy S, as well as the Galaxy K and Galaxy U phones. Just like the leaked version, it adds some Ice Cream Sandwich features to these non-Android 4.0 phones, including Face Unlock, the ability to take pictures while shooting video and launcher improvements, without the fully reworked underpinnings of the new OS. Owners of compatible devices can hit the source link for all the details and the files, as long as they have Kies 2.0 at the ready and a bit of open storage space (backing up existing data is also, naturally, encouraged). Of course whether this will officially come to any of our US-carrier optimized Galaxy S models is still unknown.

Samsung Galaxy S ICS-like ‘value pack’ upgrade officially released in Korea originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG launches new A540-T/D 3D notebook, adds A540-P IPS model

Monday, March 19th, 2012

While LG neatly folded its glasses-free A540-H model into its CES line-up at the start of the year, it’s now added another pair of notebooks to launch alongside it in Korea. This includes another 3D model that requires a pair of stylish squash goggles passive 3D glasses to gain that extra dimension. For those less disposed to hanging techno eye-wear off their face and watching Avatar again, there’s the simpler two-dimensional joys of the A540-P, which houses a 15.6-inch AH-IPS display. All three versions house the same Core i7 processors and a GeForce GT555M for the necessary graphical grunt work. Fans of both mono and stereoscopic computing can consult the (Google-translated) press release below for more details.

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LG launches new A540-T/D 3D notebook, adds A540-P IPS model originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Korea: Keep Your Terrible "Phablets" To Yourselves [Horror]

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Ultrathin LG U1 to be company’s first Ice Cream Sandwich device?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Skinny? Check. Thin bezel? Present. Black and rectangular? Roger. This as-yet unconfirmed sliver of a phone is purportedly LG‘s first Android 4.0 device. Specifications remain even foggier than these pictures, but we can glean an eight-megapixel shooter with flash and a profile that looks like a possible second-generation Optimus Black, with design litigiously close to Samsung’s Galaxy S II. As GSM Arena noted, the LG-owned phone network in Korea was renamed LG U+ last year, suggesting that U1 codename may translate to “domestic-only.” Here’s hoping otherwise, of course.

Ultrathin LG U1 to be company’s first Ice Cream Sandwich device? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 11:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG denies mobile business layoffs

Friday, September 9th, 2011

On Thursday, reports surfaced suggesting LG was laying off 30% of its mobile business workers overseas. The firm denied the rumors on Friday, however, stating “We are always looking at opportunities to improve the performance of our mobile business but no decision has been made as to any job reductions,” according to Reuters. Korea Economic Daily said on Thursday that LG was letting go of 30% of its mobile employees in an attempt to turn around its struggling mobile business, and LG said the report was simply “speculation.” The article also said the Korean-based company had plans to begin domestic layoffs in the near future.

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LG lays off 30% of its mobile employees overseas

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

LG has cut 30% of its overseas mobile staff as a result of the division’s recent poor performance, Reuters reported on Thursday. Korea Economic Daily broke the news and noted LG’s layoffs mostly included employees in the purchases and mobile marketing departments, and in unprofitable groups. LG said the Korea Economic Daily report was speculation, but the Korean news outlet noted that LG is planning to layoff members of its mobile business team in Korea, too. LG’s mobile business grew during the second quarter of this year but the division still failed to turn a profit. The mobile arm reported a $49.8 million loss on sales of $3 billion last quarter.

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Microsoft to demo Windows 8 on a Samsung tablet next week

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky will unveil the company’s latest Windows 8 operating system running on a tablet during Microsoft’s BUILD conference in California next week, Reuters reported on Thursday. According to Korea Economic Daily, the reference model device will be manufactured by Samsung. “Investors are hungry to see how [Microsoft is] going to join where the market’s going,” HighMark Capital Management portfolio manager Todd Lowenstein told Reuters. “They’ve been lagging and they need to catch up and surpass what’s going on, to demonstrate they truly are an innovative company.” It isn’t the first time Microsoft will demo the operating system on a tablet. During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July, the Redmond-based firm briefly showed a concept tablet running the new OS. We hope Microsoft allows conference attendees to go hands-on and take a closer look at the device this time around. The BUILD conference kicks off on September 13th.

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Mysterious Samsung shows up in dev center sporting Gingerbread and 1280 x 768 screen

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
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Hello, and welcome to another edition of Mystery Cellphone Theater. This week’s enigma comes to us courtesy of T Store, a Korean app market, where the Developer Center lists an unannounced Samsung device with the model number SHV-E120S. Now, we can’t tell you much about the E120S, only that it reports to sport a WXGA screen (that’s 1280 x 768), Gingerbread, and a single-core MSM8250 Snapdragon. Sammy has a Korea-only handset with the SHV-E110S tag and a more standard 800 x 480 screen, and the company has made no secret about its desire to push pixel density well beyond the 300ppi mark — still, there’s no guarantee this is in fact a phone. It very well may be a tablet, or just a strange report from an emulator. Regardless, we’re intrigued, and keeping our fingers crossed for 4.3-inch HD display.

Mysterious Samsung shows up in dev center sporting Gingerbread and 1280 x 768 screen originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG outs Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA Display

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

LG officially announced the long rumored LG Optimus Big on Friday, making it the Korean firm’s largest Android smartphone to date. The Optimus Big runs Android 2.2, sports a 4.3-inch Nova Display, and is equipped with an HDMI-out port, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The NOVA Display is the star of that spec sheet though, and we loved the rich colors and deep blacks when we first saw it on the Optimus Black. The Optimus Big will make its debut on Korea’s LG U+ on April 28th and there’s no word if this beast will swim itself to the United States — but we’d welcome it with open arms if it did.

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Samsung denies Galaxy Tab 10.1 overhaul, says tablet will ship as scheduled

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported last week that Samsung was considering making changes to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet following the unveiling of Apple’s iPad 2. “We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile was quoted as having said, leading many to speculate that the tablet might not launch on time. But Samsung denied the report this past Saturday, saying it plans to release its second Galaxy-branded Android tablet on schedule. We took a hands-on look at the Galaxy Tab 10.1 last month and found that it might even best the Motorola XOOM in some areas. We also thought Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS still needed some refinement, however. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to launch later this month through Vodafone in Europe, and launch details in the U.S. market are not yet available.

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LG starts shipping new ‘flicker free’ 3D TVs with passive glasses

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

LG announced at CES that it was breaking from other TV manufacturers to push its own FPR technology for 3DTVs and now they’ve started shipping in Korea including the LW5700 pictured above. LG’s new approach means placing a special film over the LCD screen (no plasmas, although OLED versions are planned in the future) letting users use cheap “flicker free” passive 3D glasses instead of keeping a conventional display and using more expensive active shutter 3D glasses. LG’s new TVs with the screens should start arriving in the US in March, although Vizio is already selling one Cinema 3D TV over here with the technology and plans to deliver a slew of new models soon. Of course, the main downside to this approach is that it halves the resolution delivered to each eye when wearing the glasses, but — if you hadn’t already guessed from its tablets and phones — LG is betting big on 3D this year, we’ll see if it pays off.

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LG starts shipping new ‘flicker free’ 3D TVs with passive glasses originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 hands-on (video)

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Well, would you look at what we found chilling at Samsung’s booth here at MWC? Yep, it’s that Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 we heard about just the other day, and it’s one interesting tablet / media player hybrid. We’d be inclined to call this thing a Streak 5 or Acer 4.8 Iconia competitor, but it doesn’t have a trace of cellular or 3G connectivity. We were, however, able to confirm what it does have — it packs a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 800 x 480-resolution display, a 5 megapixel camera with a flash, and a 2500mAH battery. On the software front, it runs Android 2.2 (although it will be upgradable to Gingerbread) and TouchWiz. Oh, and it has the full suite of Google applications (YouTube, Gmail, Google Chat, etc.) and access to the Market.

So, what’s it like? Well, it looks like an enlarged Galaxy Player (or what is now known as the Galaxy S WiFi 4.0), which really means it looks like Galaxy S smartphone and the Galaxy Tab mashup. The white slippery back clearly looks like our Sprint Galaxy Tab, but the thinner design and rounded edges remind us of a Vibrant or Fascinate. It’s really a very “Samsung” device, and we don’t mean that in a bad way — the plastic build feels pretty solid and the screen seemed very high quality. As for performance, it seemed fairly quick and a preloaded video played rather smoothly. We wish we had more information on when this one was going to land stateside, but a rep on hand would only tell us that it will be hitting Korea this month and other countries soon. Check the break for a short hands-on look at this guy and the galleries below for some close up shots.

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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Honeycomb to require dual-core processor?

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

According to a report filed by PCMag today, Google’s soon-to-be-released, tablet-optimized Android iteration –Honeycomb — will require some serious processing power. The blog cites the managing director of Korea’s Enspert consumer electronics firm, Bobby Cha, and writes that, “Google’s new [...] tablet OS will require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run properly.” Mr. Cha went on to note that Honeycomb may also require 1,280 x 720 screen resolution, but should run on tablets with displays measuring at least 7-inches on the diagonal. Presumably, single-core Android tablets already in the market (e.g. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab) would be unable to run the tablet-centric offering. Mr. Cha, who admitted his company is currently working on Froyo, Gingerbread, as well as Honeycomb devices, states that Honeycomb will be shipped to manufacturers “towards the end of January.”

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