LG G5 Design Tipped in Renders; Magic Slot and More Detailed in New Leaks

LG G5 Design Tipped in Renders; Magic Slot and More Detailed in New Leaks

LG’s upcoming G5 flagship will be unveiled on Sunday at an event in Barcelona and the company has already confirmed it will showcase a galore of devices at the launch. While confirming the launch event, LG Mobile on its Facebook page said, “Come meet the new friends on the playground. LG G5 Day.”

Now just a day before the launch, new details about the LG G5 smartphone’s various features including ‘Magic Slot’ apart from other devices such as a 360-degree camera have surfaced. The smartphone was also leaked in two press renders, where it is visible from both front and back.

Evan Blass of Venture Beat in a report has claimed that the LG G5 will not be the only “piece of hardware on stage” as the company will showcase plug-in modules and customised accessories for the handset. This also means that the LG G5 may be the South Korean company’s first attempt at modular handset.

According to Blass, the modules will be dubbed “G5 and Friends,” and will be available as hardware components as both attached and independent. The company is also expected to introduce a new app which will be able to control the modules known as the LG Friends Manager. It adds that LG plans to just showcase two modules which will compatible with the slot – a battery grip for photography and digital audio chip (DAC) for sound.

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Blass also posted a leaked press render image (seen above) of the LG G5 on Twitter showing the front of the handset with “Always On” display. The tipster had previously shared another leaked image (seen on top) on Twitter that he deleted shortly after some backlash on the social network, but not before it was picked up by other sites. Both images show the the front and back of the smartphone, including a rear camera setup, and the presence of a round fingerprint sensor that’s placed on the rear – very similar to the Google Nexus 5X, also made by LG.

While it is not immediately evident, the bottom of the G5 appears to be detachable, and replaceable with new modules. This fact is further emphasised with the bottom part of the handset seen attached to a removable battery in a new leaked image. The leaked image (shared both on Weibo and by French mobile site Nowhereelse) is presumably of the retail box (seen below) of the LG G5 handset, alongside a tagline that said, “Life’s good when you play more.” The image also re-confirms the presence of Magic Slot, which is widely expected to be the bottom part of the handset.

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Android Authority has posted separately posted a leaked image (seen below) claimed to show the LG Cam Plus which is said to serve multiple functions such as working like a shutter release, zoom and flash toggle through the hardware buttons. Additionally, the LG Cam Plus is said to pack an 1100mAh battery which will also complement the LG G5’s removable battery. The second module is said to be the DAC which has been developed in partnership with Bang & Olufsen Play (B&O Play). Notably, the company had recently confirmed that it teamed up with B&O Play to deliver “enhanced high-quality audio experience” in its upcoming LG G5 flagship smartphone. This also makes the South Korean tech giant first to offer Hi-Fi audio features co-designed by B&O Play. LG has also showcased the LG G5 Quick Cover ahead of the MWC 2016, while Qualcomm has confirmed the G5 will sport the top-end Snapdragon 820 SoC on board.

 

For several weeks, LG has been rumoured to be working on a ‘Magic Slot’ on its latest G5 flagship and Android Authority claims that the feature will actually allow accessories or modules to be inserted into the device via bottom part. In the leaked image, the bottom part of the alleged gold-coloured LG G5 is seen featuring a bump which is said to be an inserted module. The leaked image also purportedly shows a dual-camera setup on the handset alongside the fingerprint sensor.

The South Korean is also said to debut a 360-degree camera dubbed LG 360 Cam which will be a spherical camera and will be able to capture 360-degree shots as well as videos at 16-megapixel and QHD resolutions, respectively. Also expected to be showcased at the MWC event is the company’s LG 360 VR. Blass says that the VR headset from the company will feature nine-axis sensors and an 83-degree lens with its own LCD display. It adds that the LG 360 VR will be lighter than the competition including the Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, or the Oculus Rift. It suggests that LG’s VR headset should be compatible with YouTube’s 360-degree videos. Lastly, LG will also show a drone at the MWC 2016event. Called Rolling Bot, the drone is likely to be remotely controlled and is expected to be capable of turning on or off the smart appliances at home.

LG G5 Pre-Registrations Open Ahead of MWC 2016 Launch

LG G5 Pre-Registrations Open Ahead of MWC 2016 Launch

LG G5, the smartphone that will be unveiled by the South Korean tech giant within next couple of hours at MWC 2016, is now up for pre-registrations in the US. Interested users who sign up will be the first ones to receive notifications as to when they can purchase the smartphone.

“Get the latest news on the LG G5, including the release date and all the cutting-edge features and specs, designed to keep you effortlessly connected on-the-go. The G5’s fast processing speed will make this phone ideal for the ultimate multi-tasker. The G5 offers quick and easy access to all of your favourite apps and programs for when you need them most. From talking and texting, to more advanced capabilities designed for your life on-the-go, the LG G5 is ushering in a new era of mobile phone technology. Stay up to date on all of the newest LG technology and design innovation and be the ‘in the know’ about the latest rollouts on all of your favourite LG products and our entire line of mobile devices, cell phones, tablets, our next-generation smart watches,” says the LG G5 pre-registration page. Users would have to submit their name, email ID, zip code, telecom carrier and other information.

LG G5 earlier this week was spotted in render images showing the front and back panels. The smartphone is said to launch alongside some other accessories and detachable modules. It has been mentioned that the flagship smartphone will be featuring a “Magic Slot” at the bottom that can be swapped out. The slot is supposed to plug the two modules – LG Cam Plus and the DAC (digital to analogue converter).

The company is reportedly also supposed to launch the LG 360 Cam, a spherical camera meant to capture 360-degree videos and images, along with the LG 360 VR, and a non-airborne drone called Rolling Bot at the upcoming MWC 2016 trade show.

Couple of days ago LG announced its partnership with Bang & Olufsen Play (B&O Play) to deliver “enhanced high-quality audio experience” in the upcoming LG G5.

The company has already launched the LG G5 Quick Cover case ahead of the smartphone’s MWC launch.

LG G5 Launch: Live Updates From MWC 2016

LG is expected to launch its latest flagship smartphone – the LG G5 at its event in MWC 2016 in Barcelona. The smartphone is the company’s top of the line Android offering. According to various leaks before the event, the USP of the device is its modular approach, that lets you connect various accessories to the device.

According to leaks one of the accessories on offer could be a camera attachment. This could give the smartphone additional camera features and extra battery capacity. Another accessory, according to leaks is for audiophiles. It is an audio player with a high-end DAC if leaks are to be believed.

The LG G5 has been confirmed for an early debut, and one of the features the company has confirmed so far is an always-on display that will show notifications without taking too much of a toll on battery life. There might also be a G5 Lite, if the latest rumours prove to be true.

It looks like we’ll see the launch of a mid-range phone called K8, which will join the K7 and K10 which were launched at CES. We can also expect to see the newly announced X series, which looks like it will include multiple models, each with one of the flagship G-series’ features. The LG X Cam will feature twin cameras, while the X Screen will have a low-power secondary display for notifications.

We also hope to see new watches, given last year’s emphasis on the Watch Urbane series. Maybe LG will keep experimenting with new platforms and designs – its competitors have certainly done so over the past year. LG kicks of MWC-related launches with its event on Monday.

LG G5 With Snapdragon 820, Modular Add-Ons, Dual Rear Cameras Launched

LG G5 With Snapdragon 820, Modular Add-Ons, Dual Rear Cameras Launched

At the Mobile World Congress on Sunday, LG announced the launch of the LG G5, its latest flagship smartphone. The G5 sports metal body and packs in top-of-the-line specifications and a number of other interesting features such as expandable module which can be utilised to enhance the camera and battery of the phone.

As for the specifications, the LG G5 sports a 5.3-inch QHD display (1440×2560 pixels) featuring always-on display technology. The always-on display will allow users to check time, notifications and battery status among other pieces of information. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded using a microSD card.

On the photography front, the LG G5 has a 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear camera. On the front side, there’s an 8-megapixel camera. Other features of the LG G5 includes a 2800mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

The South Korean technology conglomerate announced two modules for the LG G5. The Cam Plus can be attached to the G5 through the battery slot, and offer “comfortable grip and convenient control of a DSLR.” The company says that the LG Cam Plus will enhance the camera experience by offering auto focus, exposure lock, and give them a physical button for power, shutter and other photography features.

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The module also adds 1200mAh battery to the phone. The Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module, on the other hand, enhances the audio experience on the LG G5. It supports 32-bit, and 384KHz high-definition audio playback.

On the connectivity front, the LG G5 comes with a 4G LTE, which is compatible with USB 3.0 standard, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C 2.0 port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. On the software front, the LG G5 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset comes in Silver, Gold, Pink and Titan colour options.

So far, prices and availability information has not yet been revealed.

LG G5 to Sport Hi-Fi Audio Features Co-Designed by B&O Play

LG G5 to Sport Hi-Fi Audio Features Co-Designed by B&O Play

LG couple of days ahead of its MWC 2016 keynote event announced that it has partnered with Bang & Olufsen Play (B&O Play) to deliver “enhanced high-quality audio experience” in the upcoming LG G5flagship smartphone. This also makes the South Korean tech giant first to offer Hi-Fi audio features co-designed by B&O Play. The LG G5 is set to launch on February 21 at a pew-MWC 2016 event.

“We are very excited to work with LG. With LG’s dedication to premium smartphones, the collaboration gives us the opportunity to bring B&O Play’s acoustic excellence to an even broader customer base,” said Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, President of B&O Play. “B&O Play appeals to music lovers who want the best available products on the market. They are uncompromisingly innovative, without boundaries and constantly on the go and they expect the same from the headphones as well as the mobile devices they choose, so this is a perfect match.”

A report from earlier this week suggested that LG and B&O Play will together develop the LG Hi-Fi Plus – the G5’s Digital to Analogue Converter or the DAC module. The report corroborated previous reports about the LG flagship smartphone sporting “Magic Slot” at the bottom that can be swapped out with different modules. The another module is reportedly LG Cam Plus, featuring its own battery. The company is reportedly also supposed to launch the LG 360 Cam, a spherical camera meant to capture 360-degree videos and images, along with the LG 360 VR, and a non-air borne drone called Rolling Bot at the upcoming MWC 2016 trade show.

The company has already launched the LG G5 Quick Cover case ahead of the smartphone’s MWC launch.

LG X cam, X screen Smartphones Launched Ahead of MWC 2016

LG X cam, X screen Smartphones Launched Ahead of MWC 2016

LG on Monday introduced its new X-Series of smartphones which will be showcased at the upcomingMobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. The first two models under the brand new X-Series are the X cam and X screen smartphones and they will be revealed alongside the LG G5 at the February 22 event.

The new X-Series of smartphones will be launched in key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America starting next month. We can expect LG to announce the pricing of the new X-Series of smartphones in March.

The South Korean company stresses that the new X-Series of smartphones will cater to customers who do not want all the high-end features of premium smartphone but still “desire a great camera as well as advanced display.”

The company touts that the LG X cam sports dual cameras on the rear while features 3D bending glass which gives it curved finish on the front. The handset comes with a side profile of 5.2mm and weighs in at 118 grams.

The LG X screen, on the other hand, packs an “Always On” second screen which so far has been seen on LG’s premium V10 smartphone. It’s worth noting that LG is also rumoured to announce the G5 flagship featuring an “Always On” display.

The X screen features a 4.93-inch In-cell display with a screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The second screen sits right above the main display and sports a 1.76-inch second screen. The second screen will show notifications for apps, calls without interrupting the current activity or just play music. The second “Always On” display also allows users check time, date, battery status and other notifications without ever having to turn on the phone.

For specifications, the X cam features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) In-cell display; a 1.14GHz octa-core processor; 2GB of RAM; 16GB of inbuilt storage; packs a 13-megapixel and a 5-megapixel dual rear cameras, and also sports a 8-megapixel front camera. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow running LG X cam supports 4G LTE connectivity. The handset is backed by a 2520mAh battery. It measures 147.5×73.6×6.9mm and will be available in Titan Silver, White, Gold, and Pink Gold.

The X screen also features a 1.76-inch “Always On” LCD display with a screen resolution of 520×80 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor clubbed with a 2GB of RAM. It packs 16GB of inbuilt storage and is backed by a 2300mAh battery. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based handset measures 142.6×71.8×7.1mm and also supports 4G LTE connectivity. It will be available in Black , White, and Pink Gold colours.

Commenting on the launch, Juno Cho, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company said, “Everyone has a favourite smartphone feature. At LG, we think there’s room for devices that do one thing very well and that customers shouldn’t have to pay for features that they don’t want. At the end of the day, we’re committed to offering consumers more choices.”

LG Innotek Unveils Slim Optical Bio Sensor Module for Mobiles, Wearables

LG Innotek Unveils Slim Optical Bio Sensor Module for Mobiles, Wearables

LG Innotek, the materials manufacturing subsidiary of the LG group, on Thursday announced the development of a new slim optical bio sensor module which is mainly targeted for wearable devices and smartphones to measure heart rate, stress indices, and oxygen saturation levels.

With the new sensor module, the South Korean company is looking to expand its presence in wearablesegment – especially on the component side. LG says that the new module has lower power consumption and measures data with higher accuracy than the current range of devices. It adds that the module will help users get more accurate biometric information as the new sensor module’s range of error for measured data is (plus and minus) 5 bpm during exercise and even in stable condition. It can also measure data within an error range of (plus and minus) 2 bpm which LG claims is comparable to that of medical devices used.

According to the company, the new “ultra” slim optical bio sensor module has a thickness of just 1mm while packs various modules such as a Photo Diode (PD), 5 LEDs, and Integrated Circuit. For achieving the thickness of 1mm, LG Innotek utilised its embedded PCB technology which embeds integrated circuits into the PCBs.

LG Innotek further claims that with the module, the strength of the biometric signals increases by about 30 percent while battery consumption reduces by 20 percent compared to the existing modules.

Commenting on the announcement, Changhwan Kim, Executive Director of the Components and Materials R&D Centre said, “The core part of IoT (Internet of Things) is the sensor that enables information sharing. We will develop high-tech sensors and use them in automobiles, consumer electronics, wearable devices, and other things to lead the IoT industry.”

LG G5’s Modular Components, Accessories Tipped Ahead of MWC 2016

LG G5's Modular Components, Accessories Tipped Ahead of MWC 2016

Although we are just few days away from the launch of the LG G5 smartphone, the leaks and rumours still continue to pour in and the latest is a big one – finally giving credence to the reports of the smartphone being modular. A new leaked image has surfaced online indicating that the G5 will support modules it can be augmented with. The image shows one of the two modules that is tipped to launch along with the G5. Some more accessories will also reportedly see the light of the day. These plug-in modules and accessories are said to be the “Friends” in the official event invitation.

The hardware components for the LG G5 will be controlled by an app called LG Friends Manager, claims Venture Beat. The report adds that the flagship smartphone as seen in a recent mock-up imagewill be featuring a “Magic Slot” at the bottom that can be swapped out. The slot is supposed to plug the two modules – LG Cam Plus and the DAC (digital to analogue converter).

 

The LG Cam Plus seen in the new leaked image besides offering a better grip to the LG G5, is said to include a camera shutter button, zoom dial, and flash toggle. The LG Cam Plus module also houses a 1100mAh battery. As for the DAC, LG is said to have partnered with Bang and Olufsen to develop the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play. The Hi-Fi Plus is will also reportedly enhance audio output coming from another Android device or PCs.

Coming to accessories, LG is supposed to launch the LG 360 Cam, a spherical camera meant to capture 360-degree videos and images. It will reportedly house a 16-megapixel sensor and will capture video in QHD resolution. Videos captured are said to be viewed in company’s first ever head-mounted VR headset – the LG 360 VR.

The LG 360 VR as per the report will include nine-axis sensors along with a 83-degree lens with its own LCD display. It is also said to be lighter than the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or HTC Vive. It might also support YouTube’s 360-degree videos.

Lastly, LG is said to unveil a non-air borne drone called Rolling Bot that features a camera and a speaker. It can also send signals to turn on/ off smart appliances. The report adds that these accessories and hardware components might not be available for purchase until April this year.

LG G5 to Sport Snapdragon 820 SoC, Confirms Qualcomm

LG G5 to Sport Snapdragon 820 SoC, Confirms Qualcomm

After Le Max Pro and Xiaomi Mi 5, the LG G5 flagship smartphone is officially the third smartphone announced to feature the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC.

The chipmaker confirmed the news on Twitter, and said, “Don’t miss a whole new way to play with LG and Snapdragon 820-coming February 21,” the date on which LG is set to unveil its G5 flagship ahead of MWC 2016.

Qualcomm last year while announcing its new Snapdragon 820 processor had said that devices powered by the new SoC will arrive in the “first half of 2016”. The chipmaker earlier this year hadrevealed LeEco’s (formerly known as Letv) Le Max Pro to be the first smartphone powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor. Soon after, Xiaomi became the second manufacturer to confirm thepresence of the SoC on its upcoming Mi 5 flagship.

To recall, the Snapdragon 820 comes with the all-new Qualcomm Kryo CPU which is claimed to have 2x performance and efficiency when compared to the Snapdragon 810. It is also the company’s first 64-bit CPU that uses the ARMv8-A instruction set – Qualcomm had settled for non-custom Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores on the Snapdragon 810. The Snapdragon 820 also packs the new Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP, which is claimed to bring improvements to performance and battery life, and Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU. In terms of LTE speeds, the Snapdragon 820 supports LTE Category 12 download speeds of up to 600Mbps, and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150Mbps.

LG will be unveiling its G5 flagship smartphone at an event on Sunday in Barcelona. LG had last month sent out invites for its MWC 2016 keynote event.

Based on preliminary leaks, the smartphone is said to pack a dual rear camera setup. The G5 is also rumoured to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera with 135-degree wide-angle view. The handset is said to feature a ticker display, like the one we saw on the LG V10. Some of the other details tipped include a 5.3-inch QHD display; presence of ‘Magic Slot’, which is said to be linked with some kind of hardware expansion; ticker display feature; Android 6.0 Marshmallow; 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

LG Stylus 2 With 5.7-Inch Display Launched Ahead of MWC 2016

LG Stylus 2 With 5.7-Inch Display Launched Ahead of MWC 2016

LG, soon after revealing its new X-Series smartphones, on Tuesday announced an enhanced sequel to the G4 Stylus dubbed Stylus 2. Much like the LG X cam and LG X screen smartphones, the LG Stylus 2will be showcased at the upcoming MWC event to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

The South Korean company as of now has not revealed any pricing details but has noted it will be “exceptionally priced.” LG revealed that the Stylus 2 will be available in South Korean starting next month and will be available in more markets including Asia, Europe, and the US later.

LG says that the new Stylus 2 smartphone feature a pen with a nano-coated tip which will offer more accuracy compared to the previous rubber-tipped pen seen on the LG G4 Stylus.

Some of the other features that the LG Stylus 2 comes with include Pen Pop, which shows a popup menu when the stylus is removed and further offers shortcuts such as Pop Memo and Pop Scanner. Another notable feature of the Stylus 2 is the Pen Keeper, which notifies users when the stylus bay is empty. “It prevents the stylus from being misplaced by displaying a popup message when the phone is detected as being in motion when the stylus bay is empty,” notes LG.

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For specifications, the LG Stylus 2 features a 5.7-inch In-Cell display with a screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels.

It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor clubbed with 1.5GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It packs 16GB of inbuilt storage and also supports microSD card. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and also packs an 8-megapixel front camera.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based LG Stylus 2 is backed by a 3000mAh battery and supports LTE, 3G, and 2G connectivity options. Some of the other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and Micro-USB. The handset is backed by a 3000mAh removable battery. It measures 155×79.6×7.4mm and weighs 145 grams. The Stylus 2 will be available in Brown, Titan, and White.

Commenting on the launch, Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company said, “LG Stylus 2 provides both the big screen and premium notetaking functions of a premium large phone at a price of a mid-tier phone. This device is another example of our commitment to the mass-tier segment where there is so much opportunity for growth and creativity.”