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Last year LG unveiled the V10, a giant smartphone (or phablet) with a 2.1″ second screen above its 5.7” Quad HD display. It felt as robust as Droid Turbo 2 with a ruggedized back and a solid aluminum frame. It was far too large for the average consumer, yet it was weirdly satisfying to use. We called it “bold,” “sexy,” and “clean and industrial.” It had a decent dual-camera and wonderful internal specs. And we generally really liked the thing.
Mobile World Congress 2015 will be taking place in Barcelona next week from March 2-5. Tech giants from around the world will show off their newest tech products for 2015. Thankfully, per usual, several companies have decided to leak some news early in anticipation of the conference. Whether intentional or accidental, here’s what we’ve got so far:
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Sony “accidentally” leaked the new Xperia Z4 Tablet yesterday on Lounge. Not much is known about the Z4, but it will be a large 10″. According to the short-lived Lounge page, it also has a not-so-impressive 2K display along with “the latest ultra fast processor” and “industry leading battery performance.” No specifics were stated, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until March 3rd to find out more.
Lenovo Vibe Series
We’ve got five new additions to Lenovo’s Vibe series. First and foremost is the Vibe X3, which highlights a 5.5″, 1080p display, front-facing stereo speakers, and a 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting phone, but maybe Lenovo’s holding onto the wow-factors for now.
Next up is the Vibe Shot, also known as the Vibe Max (above) which, you guessed it, is all about the camera. The display is a little smaller than the X3 at 5 inches, but it has the same 1080p display. As for specs, the Vibe Shot is packing a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. Lenovo’s thrown in a microSD card slot just in case you need some extra room for all those pictures. As for the 16 megapixel camera, it has optical image stabilization and three-tone flash to get the most natural-looking brightness, and its own shutter button. How flattering for Nokia.
Then there’s the Vibe P1 and P1 Pro, which are all about battery life. The Vibe P1 has a 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 support, just in case. According to the release, the P1 has nano ceramics coating, 64-bit octa-core CPU, and 2GB RAM in the MediaTek chipset. Need more battery than that? The P1 Pro carries a 5000mAh battery with a fingerprint sensor. Our guess is that the specs are the same (including its size), based on the images, but we can’t say for sure.
Lastly, we’ve got the Vibe S1, coming in 5 different colors. The Vibe S1 is aiming at a younger audience, with a front-facing camera for the selfie lover in your life. We get the feeling that the S1 might be akin to the iPhone 5c compared to the iPhone 5s, with the S1’s lower price point and specs less impressive than the X3. However, we don’t have any details, so we’ll just have to find out during the Mobile World Congress.
LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy
It looks like LG put the G4 on the backburner and is releasing four mid-range phones at the Mobile World Congress instead. Starting with LG’s Leon and Joy, both of them are on the lower-end of the spectrum, with 4.5″ and 4″ displays, respectively. Leon packs a punch with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, 1GB RAM, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Where it falls short is the 1900mAh battery and the VGA front-facing camera. As for the Joy, it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has a 1-megapixel camera, and has half the memory and RAM of Leon (4GB and 512MB, respectively). It looks like the Joy is for the less tech-oriented, or for that someone looking for an inexpensive smartphone.
Both the Spirit and Magna have the same processing power, rear-facing camera, RAM, and internal memory. The differences are the Spirit’s 4.7″ display, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and its 312 ppi display, with a 2100mAh battery. The Magna, on the other hand, has a 5″ 294ppi display and 5 megapixel front-facing camera with a removable 2540mAh battery. With those specs, the Magna is competing with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, which will also be appearing at the Mobile World Conference.
Of course, HTC has already committed its own leaks of the HTC One M9 which we’ve covered here. Stay tuned for next’s week updates during Mobile World Congress.
Smartwatch manufacturers have a major competition, and it’s your smartphone. How do you make a watch useful enough to keep your smartphone in your pocket or even at home? The other is, of course, making it comfortable enough to wear on a daily basis without being outright gaudy. The LG G watch R only solves one of these problems, and unfortunately it is not the first. Curious why? Read on down for our full review on the LG Watch R paired with and AT&T Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
“The internet of things (IoT),” a new tech phrase that’s somewhat reminiscent of the “the dot- com boom,” has been bouncing around a lot lately. It refers to the recent push by companies like Nest, acquired by Google in January for 3.2 billion dollars, to connect daily electronics in homes and businesses to the internet. This would allow homeowners or authorized users to control devices from their smartphones. Daily chores like getting up to turn off the lights before bed would be a thing of the past.
And despite the inherent creepiness that comes along with being able to turn on your blender from another room, it’s become remarkably obvious how serious tech companies are about this new idea. And no one wants to be left behind.
The LG Flex boasts a flexible display—the world’s first, actually. But it’s set in a curved casing that’s rigid and keeps it from actually flexing. Which makes us ask. Why? Why on earth would anyone create, let alone purchase, a smartphone whose main feature (the flexible display) doesn’t actually flex.
What I mean by that is, the phone is permanently curved unless trying to run it over or press it flat. The shape is downright weird compared to any other at CES this week. It’s even a bit uncomfortable to hold it in your hand and feels more than funny in your pocket (I swear we didn’t take it home, LG). But most of all, for something you stare at for hours a day, it’s simply a really strange perspective to get used to. It’s like reading on a warped scroll, practically pre-renaissance. Slight exaggeration.
Our First Look at the LG G Flex
Our answer: It’s a gimmick. You can bend it flat, so maybe that will help withstand impact a little better, but so what? Glass isn’t going to be any less sturdy on a drop, Gorilla Glass or otherwise. A curved display on a giant television might make a difference in the quality of the image in 4k resolution, but the visual effects on a phone-sized display? Not really worth it. And the argument that the curve is to enhance the sound during a phone call is negated somewhat by the popularity of headphones and bluetooth headsets. Also, do you really need a phone to curve to your face? Okay, we’ll compromise. Hitting the mute button with your chin is a little less likely.
Why Bother With The LG G Flex?
The verdict? If you’ve got to have the latest crazy idea, one that doesn’t look like any of the other smart phones out, then maybe you’d want to give this a try. Otherwise, we’re recommending you imagine the awkward bulge in your pocket. Is that an LG G Flex or are you just happy to see me?
UPDATE: You can now register for Nexus 5 availability from T-Mobile here.
UPDATE 2: The Nexus 5 is now sold out. Thanks +Terry Boccarossa!
UPDATE 3: We are hearing reports that the black Nexus 5 is still available but stock is limited. Keep checking the Google Play Store if you aren’t able to purchase the device immediately.
After various rumors and leaks, Google has finally made their latest Nexus device available for purchase via the Google Play Store. Available in both black and white with your choice of 16GB ($349) and 32GB ($399) storage capacities, the Nexus 5 is the first Android device with Google’s latest version of Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Google’s Nexus 5 was built by hardware partner LG, similar to the Nexus 4, and sports a 4.95″ 1080p display (445 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3, a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM and an 8 megapixel rear camera/1.3 megapixel front.
You can buy the device unlocked, directly from Google and use on T-Mobile and AT&T’s network. The device is currently shipping buy November 8 so if you want to be the coolest cat on the block with Android 4.4, you better place your orders now as Google tends to move very quickly through Nexus inventory.
For more information, and to purchase the Nexus 5, visit the Google Play Store.