LG V20 Flagship Will Be Coming Soon to India, Confirms Kim Ki-Wan

LG V20 Flagship Will Be Coming Soon to India, Confirms Kim Ki-Wan

  • LG V20 will be launched on September 6
  • LG India MD confirmed V20 will come to India soon
  • LG V20 expected to sport dual displays and dual camera setup

After much speculation, LG confirmed in early August that the company’s first Android Nougat-powered smartphone V20 will be launched on September 6. Google since then has also confirmed that the V20 will be the first new smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.

Now, the company has confirmed its plans to bring the LG V20 smartphone to India soon after the official launch in San Francisco next week.

LG India’s Managing Director, Kim Ki-Wan spoke with Gadgets 360 on Tuesday during a LG factory visit in Ranjangaon near Pune and revealed the company’s plans for the V20 in India. “I just few days ago [sic] made the decision to launch V20 [in India].” He added that the company plans to bring the smartphone into the country in a month’s time.

The LG V20 is the successor to the LG V10, which featured an Always-On secondary display and a dual-rear camera setup with a wide-angle lens. LG V10 was launched in October last year but was never made available in India. Instead, the company’s first modular smartphone, the G5, along with its ‘Friends’ debuted in India in June this year.

With just a week to go to launch, the company has already teased several features of the LG V20, including a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and audio powered by B&O Play. Teasers have also indicated that the smartphone may feature a modular setup, if going by the ‘Play More’ tagline.

Recent leaks have contradicted the modular smartphone speculation however, and point to the presence of both a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the smartphone. Other leaked specifications and features include a dual-rear camera setup, just like the V10, as well as a QHD display with a display size of either 5.6 or 5.7-inches. It is rumoured to be powered either by a Snapdragon 820 or Snapdragon 821 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM.

We will have to wait for the official launch of the LG V20 to know the entire set of specifications. The event is scheduled to happen in San Francisco on September 6.

 

LG X cam, X screen Start Rolling Out Globally

LG X cam, X screen Start Rolling Out Globally

LG as promised last month, on Tuesday announced it has started rolling out its LG X series smartphones globally. To recall LG introduced its X series smartphones, namely the X cam and the X screen, ahead of its MWC 2016 event last month. The South Korean tech giant says the handsets will first be made available in its home turf South Korea followed by other key markets including Europe, Latin America, and Asia. India-specific availability details of the devices are not yet known.

“What’s appealing about the X screen and X cam is that each offers one great feature in a complete package that doesn’t break the bank,” said Juno Cho, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, in an e-mailed statement. “Starting with the X series, we’re introducing the best in camera and display technology in a mass-tier device, something that has never been done before,” he added.

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. It also features Animated Photo and Pop-out Picture features. The handset comes with a side profile of 5.2mm and weighs in at 118 grams.

lg_x_screen_cycle_dual_display.jpgThe 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 flagshipfeaturing 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.

European LG G5 Pre-orders Start March 18th

LG G5

We recently heard that the LG G5 would go up for pre-order in the US on the 18th of March and now it looks like European pre-orders will start the same day.

According to a recent5 report, LG will start taking pre-orders of their new flagship smartphone this Friday the 18th of March in Europe, the handset will launch on April 8th, the device also went up for pre-order onAmazon UK recently.

The LG G5 is designed to be a modular smartphone and it will be available with a range of optional add on accessories like a camera module.

The handset is equipped with a 5.3 inch display with a 2560 x 1440 pixel Quad HD resolution, it is powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm.

Other specifications on the handset include 4GB of RAM and 32gB of storage, there is also a microSD card slot for expansion.

The device is equipped with dual cameras, on the front there is an 8 megapixel camera for Selfies and video calls and on the back there is a 16 megapixel camera with OIS, LED flash and Laser Auto Focus, it comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

LG G5 Global Rollout Announced; Goes on Sale March 31

LG G5 Global Rollout Announced; Goes on Sale March 31

LG has announced that its flagship G5 smartphone will be going on sale in South Korea starting March 31. The company also confirmed that the LG G5 will be available to buy in the US starting April 1.

The company has not revealed any pricing details for the LG G5 in US. However, a Reddit user has shared an image of a promotional banner showing the G5 pricing of $99.99 on Sprint and Verizon mobile carriers for a 2-year in the US. The unactivated or unlocked price is mentioned as $799.99 (roughly Rs. 53,000). Additionally, LG is also running a pre-order campaign for the G5 where consumers will get a free second battery and charging cradle.

To recall, LG last month had confirmed that it would launch the G5 flagship smartphone in India in the next quarter. The LG G5 has already wowed critics and users alike with its innovative removable battery and modular design, which expand the phone’s functionality.

According to an online retailer in the UK, the LG G5 will be available at GBP 449.17 (roughly Rs. 42,700) excluding VAT, and GBP 539 (roughly Rs. 51,270) inclusive of VAT. We can expect the Indian pricing to be around the same range.

lg_g5_camera.jpgThe biggest highlight of the new LG G5 flagship is the modules or add-ons called the LG Friends, meant to signify the companion devices that can be attached to the G5. LG Cam Plus is a camera module that adds physical buttons for camera operations along with expanding the total battery capacity to 4000mAh. The Hi-Fi Plus module, co-developed by Bang & Olufsen, is a portable Hi-Fi DAC which can be used as a standalone portable DAC or with the G5 to enable 32-bit audio playback. The South Korean company can also be expected to showcase the companion devices in India with the LG G5 including LG 360 VR, LG 360 CAM, LG Rolling Bot, LG Tone Platinum, H3 by B&O Play, LG Smart Controller, and LG Friends Manager.

LG in an attempt to expand the modules available for the G5 smartphone held a developer conference in South Korea on Thursday. In addition, the company announced another conference in San Francisco in April. Korea IT News reports quotes LG’s Cho Joon-ho, Department Head (President), Mobile Business Department, “We are going to establish a module ecosystem that will be started with G5 and LG Friends. We are going to create variety of programs that will support developers.”

The company has revealed plans to introduce SDK (Software Development Kit) and HDK (Hardware Development Kit) through developer.lge.com website in April for developers to come up with new modules.