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LG Mobile Shuts Down : Another Brand Bites The Dust!

It is official – LG has called it quits on its mobile phone division, shutting it down for good!

Find out what happened, and what this means to us – the consumers!

 

LG Mobile Shuts Down : Another Brand Bites The Dust!

On 5 March 2021, LG announced that its board of directors approved the decision to shut down its mobile business unit.

This came after rumours that LG was looking into “various options such as a sale, split sales or pulling out of the smartphone business“.

Even though LG had a strong following in the United States, in third place with 13% market share, that was not enough to turn a profit.

LG Mobile has consistently lost mobile hand over fist, even after trying all sorts of way to get consumer mindshare through devices like LG Wing, which featured a secondary display that swivelled out behind the main display.

If you can’t remember any notable LG mobile devices you have actually seen and tried out, you are not alone. This is why LG Mobile is no more.

After closing down LG Mobile, their focus will be in growth areas such as :

  • electric vehicle components,
  • connected devices,
  • smart homes,
  • robotics
  • artificial intelligence
  • business-to-business solutions
  • platforms and services

 

LG Mobile Shut Down : Effect On Consumers?

LG said that they will continue to sell their current inventory, but expect to complete the process of shutting down their business by 31 July 2021.

Even so, they assure customers that they will continue to provide service support and software updates of existing LG smartphones for “a period of time which will vary by region“.

So if you really love LG smartphones, you still have time and opportunity to grab one.

You may have to live with the fact that you will likely lose support and software updates after a year or so.

The loss of another brand will undoubtedly mean fewer choices, but is that really a bad thing?

Frankly speaking, there are way too many smartphone releases every year, and it’s getting really hard to differentiate them, never mind justify a yearly upgrade.

So, no one will really miss LG Mobile’s demise. And who knows? It could end up being resurrected like Nokia and Motorola!

 

LG Mobile Shut Down : Official Statement

Here is the official statement that LG issued on 5 March 2021 :

SEOUL, April 5, 2021 — LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced that it is closing its mobile business unit. The decision was approved by its board of directors earlier today.

LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.

Current LG phone inventory will continue to be available for sale. LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time which will vary by region. LG will work collaboratively with suppliers and business partners throughout the closure of the mobile phone business. Details related to employment will be determined at the local level.

Moving forward, LG will continue to leverage its mobile expertise and develop mobility-related technologies such as 6G to help further strengthen competitiveness in other business areas. Core technologies developed during the two decades of LG’s mobile business operations will also be retained and applied to existing and future products.

The wind down of the mobile phone business is expected to be completed by July 31 although inventory of some existing models may still be available after that.

 

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LG Dual Screen Smartphone Technology Explained!

LG has now introduced two Dual Screen smartphones – the LG V50 ThinQ and the LG G8X ThinQ.

In this article, we will dive into their Dual Screen technology, and look at the good, the bad and the ugly side of it!

 

LG Dual Screen Technology

Foldable displays are a great way to differentiate smartphones from their rivals. But the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have shown, they are difficult to develop and manufacture.

Unwilling to spend money to develop their own foldable display, LG chose to develop Dual Screen devices instead.

While not as sexy as foldable displays, they are inherently much cheaper and easier to develop and manufacture.

That’s why the first model is out now, with a second model on the way, even while the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have been delayed for months now.

LG V50 Dual Screen

First introduced in the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, it basically involves attaching a Dual Screen case (which has a second display) to an ordinary LG V50 smartphone.

The Dual Screen case has a second display on the inner side of its front cover. It uses a three-pin POGO connector to deliver power and data to this display.

The two displays have different characteristics which we have summarised in this table :

Specifications LG V50 ThinQ Display LG Dual Screen Display
Size 6.4-inch 6.2-inch
Panel Type OLED OLED
Resolution Quad HD+
1440 x 3120 pixels
Full HD+
1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel Density 538 pixels per inch 390 pixels per inch

The hinge design not only separates the two display by about ¼ inch, it cannot fully open so the two displays cannot lay flat.

LG G8X Dual Screen

At IFA 2019, LG unveiled their second Dual Screen device – the LG G8X ThinQ.

It incorporates a number of improvements over the LG V50, including using the same display… right down to the notch!

Specifications LG G8X ThinQ Display LG Dual Screen Display
Size 6.4-inch 6.4-inch
Panel Type OLED OLED
Resolution Full HD+
1080 x 2340 pixels
Full HD+
1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 403 pixels per inch 403 pixels per inch

Instead of a 3-pin POGO connector, the G8X uses the USB-C port to communicate with its Dual Screen case.

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Dual Screen = Separate Displays

The way LG designed it, the two displays are functionally and logically separate displays.

This means it is not possible to stretch an app across both displays… except for a singular exception – the NAVER Whale browser.

It does not help that the two displays are separated by a hinge that is about ¼ inch wide, and hinge design itself prevents the two displays from laying flat.

 

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Why LG Dual Screen Devices Need To Use NAVER Whale!

LG just announced that they will be partnering with NAVER to introduce the Whale browser for use with LG Dual Screen devices.

However, their press release which many websites have posted is inaccurate. We will clarify and explain what this is all about, and what it means for LG Dual Screen devices.

LG Dual Screen

Foldable displays are a great way to differentiate smartphones from their rivals. But the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have shown, they are difficult to develop and manufacture.

LG chose to develop Dual Screen devices instead, which are much cheaper and easier to develop and manufacture.

The LG Dual Screen technology basically adds a second display to the LG smartphone using a special case.

Due to design limitations, they work as separate displays. It is therefore not possible to stretch an app across both displays, which greatly limits its use.

This is where LG’s partnership with Naver comes in…

 

NAVER Whale

Although LG claims to have developed the Whale browser with NAVER in their press release, that appears to be inaccurate.

As far as we can tell, Whale was developed completely by NAVER, a South Korean developer, without input from LG.

In fact, NAVER released Whale back in 2017, with the Android version released in April 2018.

Based on the open-source Google Chromium browser, NAVER Whale supports omnitasking – the ability to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously on one screen.

It also supports a split screen mode with an adjustable divider, that lets you browse two different websites in the same tab.

 

LG Dual Screen + NAVER Whale = A Logical Choice

LG Dual Screen technology is limited by the fact it uses two functionally and logically separate displays.

NAVER Whale allows you to use both displays at the same time. For example :

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  • If you are on a shopping website, you can scroll through its category menus on one display, while reading product descriptions on the other display
  • You can display the same news report or article in two different languages simultaneously – one on each display

This is why LG Dual Screen devices need to use the NAVER Whale browser. It is currently the only logical choice for Dual Screen displays.

The real story of the press release is that LG is pre-installing NAVER Whale into their new and upcoming Dual Screen devices, like the LG G8X announced at IFA 2019.

 

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The 2019 LG TVs Will Feature Alpha 9 Gen 2 + ThinkQ AI!


LG is taking the home entertainment experience to new heights with its new 2019 TVs that will feature ThinQ AI and Alpha 9 Gen 2. Find out what the new LG ThinQ AI and Alpha 9 Gen 2 technologies are all about!

LG Alpha 9 Gen 2 Processor

The new 2019 LG Z9, W9, E9 and C9 TV models are powered by their new Alpha 9 Gen 2 (α9 Gen 2) intelligent processor. Using deep learning algorithms, the new processor delivers a higher level of AI picture and sound experience quality.

The new machine learning algorithms in the 2019 LG TVs offer enhanced picture and sound by analysing the content source in order to recognize the ambient conditions around the TV to deliver more optimized content.

The new processor finely adjusts the tone mapping curve in accordance with ambient conditions to offer optimized screen brightness, leveraging its ability to understand how the human eye perceives images in different lighting. The processor uses the TV’s ambient light sensor to measure light levels, automatically adjusting brightness to compensate as needed.

The α9 Gen 2 AI can further refine HDR content by adjusting the brightness to transform even the darkest scenes into ones with incredible contrast, detail and depth of color, even in brightly-lit rooms. And by leveraging Dolby’s latest imaging innovation which intelligently adjusts Dolby Vision content, LG TVs deliver a better HDR experience under varying ambient light.

Amazon Alexa + Google Assistant Support

The 2019 LG TV range will support Amazon Alexa in addition to the built-in Google Assistant. This allows you to enjoy the ease of conversational voice recognition and an intuitive Home Dashboard to control a wide variety of smart home devices directly from the TV.

By pressing the Amazon Prime Video button on the Magic Remote, users can manage smart home devices, ask questions and access tens of thousands of skills and even set up their ideal Alexa Routine complete with wake-up call, traffic information and favorite TV channel switching all with their voice.

Virtual 5.1 Surround Sound

Sound quality is augmented by an intelligent algorithm that can up-mix two-channel audio to deliver convincing virtual 5.1 surround sound.

The α9 Gen 2 optimizes output based on content type, making voices clearer in movies, dramas and news broadcasts, among others.

Users can adjust sound settings to suit room conditions or let their LG TV intelligently set the perfect levels based on its positioning.

2019 LG NanoCell TV

The 2019 LG premium LCD TVs lineup – SM9X and SM8X series – will be rolled out with a new name: NanoCell TV, to better highlight the features provided by NanoCell technology :

  • NanoColor : picture enhancement
  • NanoAccuracy : color accuracy in wide viewing angle
  • NanoBezel : ultra-narrow thin bezel with sleek design

And through the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 ports, all 2019 OLED TVs and selected NanoCell TVs with ThinQ AI will support high frame rate (HFR). The result is smoother and clearer motion at 120 frames per second for better rendering of fast-action content such as sports and action movies.

Support for enhanced audio return channel (eARC) will enable home theatre enthusiasts to seamlessly utilise HDMI connectivity and enjoy the highest quality audio formats available with superb detail and depth.

The new TVs are compatible with variable refresh rate (VRR) as well as automatic low latency mode (ALLM) which helps deliver a clean image, without stutter or tearing.

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The 2018 LG Electronics Home Technology Showcase

LG Electronics today showcased their new line-up of home technology products. With the theme, “Create a better life“, the 2018 LG Electronics home technology showcase includes their new OLED and Super UHD TVs, InstaView Refrigerators, and TWINWash washing machines.

 

The 2018 LG Electronics Home Technology Showcase

The 2018 LG Electronics home technology showcase kicked off with a performance by the VIVAS LED water drummers – an all-female ensemble. LG Electronics specifically featured them to showcase “pitch perfect black” quality of their new OLED TVs.

 

Pitch Perfect Black With 2018 LG OLED TVs

The new 2018 LG OLED TVs redefines the viewing experience with its ability to deliver pitch perfect black. They also feature Cinema HDR capability, projected through Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR by Technicolour, HDR10 Pro and HLD Pro.

The 2018 LG OLED TVs also feature the α9 Intelligent Processor that deliver better picture quality through these improvements :

  • Noise Reduction – the processor cleans away grainy imaging and expresses smoother contouring of colours.
  • Image Enhancement – the processor analyses the image frequency, allowing it to increase depth and image quality.
  • True Colour Accuracy – the processor supports the 33x33x33 colour space, which is 7.3x larger than the conventional 17x17x17 colour space, allowing more accurate colour reproduction, and a wider colour spectrum.
  • 4K High Frame Rate (HFR) : HFR reduces eye fatigue with a smoother motion, and a more life-life picture quality.

The new LG ThinQ AI technology is also embedded in the 2018 LG OLED TVs, enabling users to command the televisions to perform instructions. They also support the Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.

 

2018 LG Super UHD TVs With Nano Cell Display

The 2018 LG Super UHD TVs boast Cinema HDR capability, as well as Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) for deeper blacks, a wider colour gamut and a greatly improved contrast ratio. These new LED TVs also have a wide viewing angle of 60 degrees, with a wide colour gamut, thanks to its Nano Cell Display with IPS Nano Dots.

For a more immersive viewing experience, the 2018 LG Super UHD TVs also support Dolby Atmos, which realistically renders a 360-degree soundscape for a true home cinema experience.

 

2018 LG InstaView Refrigerators

The 2018 LG InstaView refrigerators provide improved accessibility with the Knock-On feature. With just two knocks on the screen, the user can check on items inside without opening the door, reducing cold air loss by up to 41%.

This year, the Knock-On feature will be available in side-by-side models, as well as the multi-door models. To further improve energy efficiency, they will feature the LG Inverter Linear Compressor. By , using a linear piston drive, it is possible to reduce power by up to 32%, with up to 25% less noise.

The Inverter Linear Compressor also offers these other benefits :

  • LINEARCooling – allows even cooling, with granular temperature regulation in steps of 0.5 degrees Celsius
  • NatureFRESH – precise temperature control keeps produce in the refrigerator fresh for longer
  • DoorCooling – allows for even and fast cooling in any part of the refrigerator

 

2018 LG TWINWash Washing Machines

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The 2018 LG TWINWash incorporates TurboWash, with multi-spray capability for faster and better cleaning performance. These LG washers with TurboWash and TWINWash capabilities allow customers to wash two loads of laundry of different wash cycles at the same time.

 

2018 LG DUALCOOL Air Conditioners

The 2018 LG DUALCOOL air conditioners is now filled with R32 refrigerant, which delivers faster cooling performance while being environmentally-friendly. Its Dual Inverter Compressor saves up to 70% of energy used, while deliver 40% faster cooling performance.

These new air conditioners are also enhanced by Smart ThinQ, allowing you to access and control their functions using an app. The app can also alert you about low levels of refrigerant, helping you maintain the air conditioner’s performance and lifespan.

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OLED FullVision Display In Next LG Flagship Smartphone!

SEOUL, 4 August 2017 – The next flagship smartphone from LG Electronics (LG) will be the first ever device to feature an OLED FullVision display, consistent with the company’s strategy that started with the LG G6 and continues with the LG Q6.

 

The LG OLED FullVision Technology

The OLED FullVision technology gives the upcoming phone best-in-class images and sets a new standard in mobile displays. While the immersive LCD FullVision display was first introduced in the LG G6 earlier this year, the display in the company’s upcoming flagship device will be its first OLED smartphone since the LG Flex 2 in 2015.

The shift marks a move by LG to extend its OLED leadership from the premium TV sector into the premium smartphone space. Beyond their slim profile and excellent visuals, OLED displays in smartphones are ideal for VR applications, one of the key growth areas in the smartphone industry.

With consumers seeking bigger displays but eschewing larger phones that are uncomfortable to hold in one hand, LG’s FullVision display is a key contributor in the trend toward minimized bezels in smartphones. OLED was simply the next evolution for FullVision displays, delivering incredible quality, vividness and clarity to smartphone visuals.

At six inches, the OLED FullVision display will be LG’s largest in four years while the actual body will be smaller than last year’s LG V20. To maximize viewable screen space, the LG logo has been removed from the bottom of the display with the upper and lower bezels reduced by 20 and 50 percent, respectively, compared the V20.

The FullVision display’s immersive and expansive visual experience is enhanced on the 4.15 million pixels of the QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen. Superb image quality is achieved via emissive OLED technology which reproduces perfect black and colors with greater accuracy and across a wider color spectrum than conventional LCD displays. By implementing optimal image algorithms gleaned from years of OLED R&D, visuals on this OLED display deliver 148 percent of sRGB 1 color space for pictures and internet images and 109 percent of DCI-P3 2 color space for digital cinema.

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Another intrinsic advantage of OLED technology is operational response time that is ten times faster than LCD. This accelerated response time effectively eliminates afterimages, an important consideration for action movies and VR. And with support for HDR10, watching compatible movies and videos on this display offers a whole new eye-opening experience.

And because the screen in the upcoming smartphone will be based on plastic OLED – otherwise known as P-OLED – technology, the edges can be curved to allow for a more ergonomic design and a better feel in the hand. P-OLED is created by placing pixels on a plastic substrate which is much stronger than a glass base.

What’s more, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that incorporates shatter-resistant technology. Most importantly, using advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology, the P-OLED in this upcoming device is free from the burn-in issue that plagued past OLED screens. Encapsulation prevents the oxidation of pixels and lower energy is applied to each pixel via LG’s pixel-scanning technology, which has the added benefit of saving battery power.

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The Ultra-Thin LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV Revealed!

LG Malaysia just launched the award-winning LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV, and it was easy to see why – it is incredibly thin! Let’s take a look at the new LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV, and find out what else is great about it… and how much it costs!

 

The LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV

The LG SIGNATURE OLED W-series won more than 20 awards at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Touting a Picture-on-Wall design, the 77″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 won the CES Best of Innovation Award. Due to limited supplies and the understandably astronomical price point, LG Malaysia will only be bringing in the 65″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV.

Thanks to the LG OLED display technology, the 65″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV boasts an ultra-thin profile of just 3.8 mm. This allows it to be directly mounted onto any wall or glass panel using only four magnetic brackets. To demonstrate this, we placed a Malaysian 50 sen coin (new type) on top of the panel, so you can better see how thin it really is.

Here is a quick video tour of the 65″ LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV. Check out the six magnetic brackets and the ultra-thin cable at the back.

It’s not just about looks. The LG OLED display technology not only do away with backlights, it produces perfect black, thanks to its self-lighting pixels that can be turned on and off. The SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound, and HDR formats like Dolby Vision, for the ultimate cinematic experience.

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The LG SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV Price & Availability

LG Malaysia is only bringing in the 65″ SIGNATURE OLED W7 TV. It has an official MSRP of RM 44,999 / ~US$ 10,699.

However, you can pre-order one at a very special price of RM 39,999 / ~US$ 9,499. The offers end on 6 August 2017.

In addition, the first ten customers will receive a free travel voucher worth RM 2,000 / ~US$ 470.

 

Vegetable Orchestra Live Performance

In conjunction with the LG 2017 Roadshow in Pavilion, they hosted the first-of-its-kind Malaysian Vegetable Orchestra performance by the Malaysian Buskers Club. Yes, they actually used vegetables as musical instruments. Check it out!

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The LG OLED TV Discussion – Evolution of TV Technology

We were recently invited to the LG OLED TV discussion panel on the evolution of TV display technology. Hosted by Jeff Sandhu from BFM Radio, it featured Malaysian digital filmmaker James Lee, and Professor Dr. Ahmad Sabirin, from Universiti Technologi Mara (UiTM).

In this article, you will learn from Professor Dr. Ahmad Sabirin about the evolution of TV display technology, while James Lee reveals how the new display technologies, like LG OLED, allows him to better convey his artistic vision to his audiences. This panel discussion is a must-watch if you are looking to buy a new TV but can’t differentiate OLED from QLED, quantum dot, LCD and even plasma TV.

 

The LG OLED TV Discussion – Evolution of TV Technology

In this LG OLED TV discussion panel, Malaysian digital filmmaker James Lee, and Professor Dr. Ahmad Sabirin, from Universiti Technologi Mara (UiTM). will shed light on the following topics :

  • Understanding the science behind TV displays, and their evolution through history
  • Behind the scenes in film production: Coping with consumer demands and content display technology
  • The creation of organic light-emitting display (OLED) from a history of LEDs and LCDs

During the early 2000s, flat panel TV displays consisted mostly of LCD or LED display technologies which make use of a backlight to illuminate the images. The backlight not only increases the thickness of the display panel, they also consume a significant amount of power. The use of a backlight also introduces issues like light bleeding from the edges, and the inability to create truly deep blacks.

Today, there is a new generation of display panels called OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays. These OLED display panel uses thin films of self-lighting organic molecules that switches on and off. This enables the delivery of Perfect Black, allowing for a much improved contrast ratio, sharper images and more vibrant colours.

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The 2017 LG Showcase – Signature 4K OLED, CordZero & More!

The theme of the 2017 LG Showcase was “Innovation That Goes Beyond“, and it showed in the products they showed off. This year, they revealed a wide range of new consumer products, from the new LG Signature 4K OLED TV and CordZero vacuum cleaners to the LG Smart InstaView refrigerator and the LG TWINWash washing machine. Find out what’s new from LG this year!

 

The 2017 LG Showcase – OLED & Super UHD TV

This year, LG introduced a slew of new OLED and Super UHD TV models, including the new LG Signature 4K OLED TV. They all feature Active HDR and support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.

The new LG Super UHD TV line-up features the Nano Cell technology that allows for a wide colour gamut that is 64x richer than that of a conventional TV. The Nano Cell technology also helps to absorb unnecessary light waves, resulting in purer and cleaner colours.

LG also took us on a tour of the 2017 LG OLED and Super UHD TV models, which we will share with you shortly.

 

The 2017 LG Showcase – Home Appliances

LG also showcased the new home appliances, from the new LG TWINWash washing machine and the LG InstaView refrigerator, to the new LG CordZero family of cordless vacuum cleaners. They also introduced a new range of air conditioners with a dual inverter compressor, and a new Mosquito Away technology.

Make sure you check out the amazing RoboSense technology, which lets the compressor of the LG CordZero vacuum cleaner follow the user automatically. The Mosquito Away technology is also very interesting, because LG claims it will repel up to 82.5% of mosquitos using ultrasound.

Finally, LG showed off their latest LG PuriCare air purifiers, which feature a PM1.0 sensor and WiFi controls. It also has a Clean Booster fan, which allows it to quickly filter the air in a larger room.

Be sure to check back for the product tours of these new LG home appliances!

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LG webOS 3.5 Smart TV Earns Common Criteria Certification

11 May 2017 — The LG webOS 3.5 smart TV platform was recognized with a Common Criteria (CC) certification for its enhanced Application Security Solution Version 1.0 software.

By snagging another internationally-recognized security certification, LG continues to demonstrate that its smart TVs are among the strongest when it comes to smart TV security. The recognition comes at a time when consumers are increasingly concerned about the potential of privacy breaches on their Internet-connected devices.

Security Manager, the webOS 3.5 security software module, was tested in accordance with Common Criteria’s rigid benchmarks. CC’s internationally-recognized ISO/IEC 15408 standards are used by governments, banks, and other organizations to assess the security capabilities of individual products including 27 member countries from around the world including Australia, France, Japan, Korea and the United States.

The test examined three phases of smart TV security: application installation protection, application execution protection and application content protection with digital rights management (DRM) encryption.

LG webOS 3.5 Smart TV

LG webOS 3.5 provides excellent application installation protection and blocks the installation of unauthorized apps by conducting a rigorous digital signature verification process.

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The LG App Store server oversees the digital signature generation process to ensure that webOS 3.5 installs applications downloaded only from the LG App Store. LG webOS 3.5 also delivers protection depending on the type of application – platform apps (also known as native apps) or web apps.

For native apps, webOS 3.5 implements sandboxing technology according to each application’s security attributes to block access to unauthorized system directories/files, device files and other data. LG webOS 3.5 allows web applications to use only approved application programming interfaces (API) to prevent these web apps from directly accessing sensitive information in the file system.

In addition, the latest webOS offers a powerful DRM license verification process designed to decrypt the encrypted content inside RAM (random-access memory) and to create a clean backup of encrypted content in flash memory.

 

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LG 4K UHD TV Now Come With 3 Months Of Netflix Premium!

3 May 2017 — Consumers who purchase an LG Electronics (LG) 4K UHD TV will receive 3 months of Netflix Premium included through an exclusive promotion beginning this May. LG’s full 2017 lineup of OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TVs provide an excellent Netflix streaming experience because they are HDR compatible and have a host of features that make watching your favorite shows easier and faster than ever.

 

3 Months Of Netflix Premium

Through this exclusive promotion, owners of LG 4K UHD TVs can enjoy the wide range of UHD 4K and HDR titles featured on Netflix. In addition, consumers can rest assured that their latest LG TV will support all HDR content offered by Netflix.

LG’s 2017 TVs are equipped with 4K HDR technology allowing Netflix titles to stream in superb picture quality with greater definition and more vivid colors, giving viewers a more immersive experience. The recently launched Netflix series Marvel’s Iron Fist and other popular shows such as The OA and Chef’s Table can now be viewed in 4K and HDR with incredible picture quality.

LG has ensured that its entire 2017 lineup of premium TVs support the full palette of HDR formats; Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG content [1], with Active HDR to render brighter scenes and greater shadow details when displaying any HDR content.

LG 4K UHD TVs combine incredible picture quality with ease of access while consumers are using their complimentary three-month Netflix subscription. For example, LG’s acclaimed Magic Remote now comes equipped with a dedicated Netflix button which launches the streaming service instantly with a single tap, ensuring your next Netflix binge is more convenient (and tempting) than ever before.

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LG TVs, with their dramatic improvements in ease of access and speedy performance while streaming Netflix, have earned designations as Netflix Recommended TVs for the third consecutive year.

Consumers can easily register for Netflix on their LG TV by selecting the Netflix promotion wedge banner. Then, consumers can use the Magic Remote to ‘Access My Content’ and conveniently install the Netflix app directly from the LG Content Store. After entering the Netflix promotion page, consumers will instantly get a three-month Netflix Premium gift subscription.

[1] The schedule to support specific specs of each format such as HDR 10 RF and HLG HDMI etc. can differ by regions.

 

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The LG G6 Price, Specifications & Availability in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 APRIL 2017 – LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the G6 smartphone, its latest flagship offering that features a bold new display format complemented by a cinematic viewing experience, exceptional screen to body ratio, wide angle camera and more.

Designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, the LG G6 focuses on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that comfortably fits in one hand. The LG G6 smartphone comes with voice control and a personal assistant amongst other new features, offering unrivaled usability and convenience.

 

First Smartphone in the World to Feature 18:9 Display Format

The LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) FullVision display, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Compared with conventional 16:9 aspect ratio displays, the 18:9 format offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games.

Sculpted from aluminum and glass, the G6 features a minimalist and sleek design smooth to the touch. The metal frame that is a soft matte finish, imparts solidity in style with a high gloss back is perfectly flat. The rounded corners of the G6 also disperse the impact if the phone is dropped.

 

Elevate the Mobile Viewing Experience with Dolby Vision

The LG G6 now supports two High Dynamic Range (HDR) standards for viewers to get more out of cinematic contents available for smartphones. As the first smartphone to feature Dolby Vision technology, the LG G6 also supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for the picture quality technology that displays a wider ran6ge of color and luminosity.

 

Dual 13MP Cameras with Wide Angle Lens to Capture all the Beauty

LG G6’s dual 13MP rear cameras, which boast a 125-degree wide angle lens, capture more in a shot that regular phones cannot achieve. When taking scenic shots of natural landscapes such as vast mountain ranges and waterfalls, simply switch to the wide angle lens to get all the beautiful details in. Users will also experience seamless transitions when zooming in and out between the wide angle and standard camera lenses even during 4K video capture.

The G6 comes with an expanded 100-degree field of view with its 5MP front camera, which means users can take selfies or wefies without the need for a selfie stick. Plus, the camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural-looking images.

 

Built for Durability

The LG G6 boasts IP68 water and dust resistance, which makes it protected up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. Users can now worry less about accidental drops in water and spillages.

The smartphone also endures tests for high temperatures and nail penetration, and uses a proprietary technology that dissipates heat via an internal heat pipe, the first in an LG smartphone. LG engineers have also positioned the components most prone to overheating as far from each other as possible.

 

Everyday Tasks a Cinch with the Google Assistant

The LG G6 has Google Assistant built-in. It works seamlessly with LG apps, empowering users to get fast answers, manage everyday tasks, enjoy the best music and videos and search the G6 quicker than ever. And with the remote after-service utilizing artificial intelligence, the more Google Assistant is used, the more personalized the user experience becomes.

 

LG G6 Specifications

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  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
  • Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC /
  • USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision / HDR10.

 

LG G6 Price & Availability

Coming in astro black, ice platinum and mystic white colors, the smartphone will retail at RM 2,999 / ~US$ 659 and is available from first week of May 2017 onwards at selected LG authorized retailers. Each purchase of the G6 comes with a free flip case worth RM174 / ~US$ 39 while stocks last.

 

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The 2017 LG Information Display Solutions Revealed!

Last week, we were invited to check out the 2017 LG information display solutions at their Business Innovation Centre in sunny Singapore. The LG Business Innovation Centre was recently launched as a regional showcase of their latest B2B products. It was the perfect venue to reveal their 2017 information display solutions.

 

The 2017 LG Information Display Solutions

LG started off the event with a video on their new 2017 business display solutions, which was followed by an overview of the 2017 LG information display products by Mr. DP Kim, Head of the Information Display Division, LG Asia.

Then Neo Cheng Yi, from the same LG Asia Information Display Division, gave us more details on the new 2017 LG information display products.

Here is a summary of the key 2017 LG information display solutions. We took many videos of these amazing new LG displays and will share them with you (with links below) when we can. So be sure to check back!

OLED Displays – The Future of Digital Signage

With self-lighting pixels that switch off completely to produce absolute blacks with no light bleed, and thus infinite contrast, OLED displays are the ultimate digital signage displays. With just two layers and no backlight, the OLED displays are also incredibly lightweight and thin.

Dual-View OLED Signage For Seamless Playback

Featuring a slim profile and versatile configurations, the one-by-four 65″ LG Dual-View Curved Tiling OLED signage consists of eight connected, double-sided flexible OLED panels. Each panel has a built-in SoC and 128 GB of internal memory that allows it to deliver images and videos at the 4K Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

The LG Dual-View Flat OLED Signage (LG 55EH5C) offers a full HD display resolution on both sides of a super-slim profile, with a brightness level of 400 cd/m2 and a bezel of just 2 mm. It can be suspended from a ceiling, deployed as a floor stand or mounted in a window frame.

Scalable Video Walls for Creative Installations

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The 65″ LG OLED Video Wall allows businesses and organisations to create new spellbinding and interactive experiences. The one-by-three OLED Video Wall, which was showcased at the LG Business Innovation Centre, can be easily connected with other units to create signs of various configurations.

Ultra Stretch Digital Signage To Enhance ROI

The 86″ LG Ultra Stretch display is an ultra-wide 58:9 bar-type signage with an extraordinary resolution of 3840 x 600. Thanks to its Picture-by-Picture feature, it can be divided into four sections that can display different content simultaneously.

Unique Transparent LED Display

LG also has a unique LED transparent film display that incorporates LED diodes with a transparent film display to create stunning digital signages. They showcased an LG refrigerator with this impressive transparent LED display at the LG Business Innovation Centre.

 

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LG Levitating Portable PJ9 Speaker Released

SEOUL, 3 January 2017LG Electronics (LG) is showcasing its futuristic Levitating Portable Speaker PJ9 at CES 2017, the proving ground for exciting technology from across the electronics industry. The mesmerizing wireless speaker hovers in place over the accompanying Levitation Station to deliver high-quality audio while making quite an impression with its eye-catching design. In addition to its striking looks, the versatile speaker gives users the ability to seamlessly play music, podcasts and other audio content in the home as well as outdoors.

 

Levitating Portable Speaker PJ9

The PJ9 creates its stunning visual effect using powerful electromagnets housed inside the Levitation Station to give the speaker its unique trait of being untouched by any surface or wires when playing. At the core is a 360-degree omnidirectional speaker with turbine blade-inspired design and deep bass courtesy of the subwoofer embedded inside the Levitation Station. The PJ9 also features Dual Passive Radiator technology to reproduce flush mid-range tones and crisp highs.

When its 10-hour battery begins to run low, the smart portable speaker automatically descends to the Levitation Station and begins to charge wirelessly with no intervention from the listener and no interruption in the music. The PJ9 is IPX7 compliant in order to withstand any adverse weather condition when being used outdoors. For added convenience and versatility, Multipoint technology enables the speaker to connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously.

“Our latest addition to our growing lineup of premium wireless audio devices is not only eye-catching but also communicates the message that LG is serious about bringing something different to the table,” said Brian Kwon, president and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “We are absolutely dedicated to exploring new concepts and to pioneering innovative designs for its advanced audio products for consumers around the world, and the PJ9 is the latest example of this commitment.”

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Home Appliances With LG Deep Learning Technology

SEOUL, 28 December 2016 — To advance the functionality of today’s home appliances to a whole new level, LG Electronics (LG) is set to deliver an unparalleled level of performance and convenience into the home with deep learning technology to be unveiled at CES 2017.

LG deep learning will allow smart home appliances to better understand their users by gathering and studying customers’ lifestyle patterns over time. This process never ends and improves over time to provide customers with new solutions to everyday problems.

Robot Cleaner: Improved Performance Through Memory

Using multiple sensors and LG deep learning technology, LG’s newest robot vacuum cleaner will recognize objects around the room and react accordingly. By capturing surface images of the room, the intelligent cleaner remembers obstacles and learns to avoid them over time. It even recognizes electrical wires and slippers so they don’t end up jamming the roller brush and requiring human extraction assistance. LG robot vacuum can tell the difference between a human and a chair and asks the obstructing person to kindly move out of the way whereas it will simply maneuver around a chair.

Refrigerator: Smarter Convenience

LG deep learning is also enhancing the convenience LG’s smart refrigerator brings to consumers. By analyzing usage and eating patterns, LG’s deep learning refrigerator performs a variety of tasks by “predicting” the family’s activities based on their past behavior, such as automatically filling the ice tray at the time of the day when cold drinks are most in demand. In the summer, LG’s smart refrigerator can initiate the 4-stage sterilization system on its own to extend food life when it senses temperature and humidity conditions that may contribute to food spoilage.

Air Conditioner: Even Better Energy Saving And Performance

LG’s smart air conditioner equipped with LG deep learning technology analyzes the daily behavior patterns of its homeowners, including the parts of the home most occupied at certain times throughout the day. With this information, LG’s deep learning enabled air conditioner is able to assess how to provide the most comfortable temperatures quickly and efficiently, providing fast cooling to specific areas. During the weekend the living room may be the place to be, requiring the most cooling, but on weekdays the kitchen may be the center of activity.

Washing Machine: Optimal Performance In Any Situation

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The new technology helps LG’s washing machine learn about the local environment and the user’s everyday activities in order to provide the optimal washing performance. For example, in areas where the water contains excessive calcium carbonate, LG’s smart washing machine adjusts the water temperature and the amount of water used to counter the effects of hard water on clothes. In areas where dust storms are common, the washing machine automatically adds another rinse cycle for even cleaner clothes.

“Deep learning technology is the next phase in the evolution of smart appliances, and as an industry leader, we have the responsibility of being an early mover,” said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “But even more important than the advanced capabilities of these appliances will be how companies behave when entrusted with data of this nature. At LG, we believe performance and convenience do not mean having to sacrifice security and privacy. They can and should exist simultaneously.”

LG’s advanced deep learning appliances will be on display at CES 2017 from Jan. 5-8 in Booth #11100 in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

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The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators Revealed!

On 16 December 2016, LG introduced the new LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators that are more energy-efficient, thanks to the LG Inverter Linear Compressor technology. In this article, we will not just share the presentation with you, we will also give you a product tour of the three different models. Enjoy!

 

Key Features

This presentation reveals the key features of the new LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators.

 

Inverter Linear Compressor Technology

The LG Inverter Linear Compressor Technology is designed to reduce mechanical actions that results to a quieter all-round performance with less friction. Refrigerators with this technology are proven to be approximately 32 percent more energy efficient and 25 percent quieter compared to conventional compressors. This contributes significantly to lower electricity bills and every LG’s Inverter Linear Compressor has a 10 year warranty period.

 

Door-in-Door

The Door-in-Door feature is an additional energy saving function that allows consumers quick access to their favourite snacks and beverages conveniently while saving up to 41 percent cold air loss without having to open the main refrigerator door. Consumers can now have a more organized refrigerator with a maximum energy saving ability.

 

Moist Balance Crisper

Contributing to a healthy living, the new refrigerator from LG features the Moist Balance Crisper technology that maintain the moisture to an optimum level. The moisture balancing feature helps keep food fresher and longer lasting. By prolonging the freshness of the food, consumer can save costs and avoid wastage by practicing smart groceries management.

Installed strategically within every section of the refrigerator, the Moist Balance Crisper technology ensures that food are protected with cool air regardless where it is placed within the refrigerator compartment. This promotes a healthier lifestyle for consumers with freshly prepared family meals, maintaining their ‘from the field’ freshness.

 

Massive Storage

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LG further extends its refrigerator features with a larger inner net capacity to meet unique lifestyles of Malaysians. The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator comes with massive storage filling that is ready for any occasion – the ability to store fresh food and beverage equipped for festive seasons.

 

Stainless Steel Design

In addition to its well-rounded inner capabilities, the LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator possesses a unique Stainless Steel design that features a sophisticated appearance that fits today’s modern home with a luxury and stylish presentation.

Consumers can now discover fingerprint and smudge-resistant stainless steel surface. With the inner and outer durability, the LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator is a perfect long term family household investment.

Next Page > The LG 600L Refrigerator Models, Prices & Product Tours

 

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The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator Models

The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators are available in 3 different models :

  • LG GC-B247SLUV, priced at RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,109
  • LG GC-M247SLUV, priced at RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,333
  • LG GC-C247UGUV, priced at RM 6,999 / ~US$ 1,555

The entry-level GC-B247SLUV has a gross capacity of 687 L, with a net capacity of 626 L. It has a Platinum Stainless Steel build and features a built-in deodoriser.

The mid-range GC-M247SLUV has a gross capacity of 687 L, with a net capacity of 626 L. Like the B247, it has a Platinum Stainless Steel build and features a built-in deodoriser. On top of that, it boasts a Door-in-Door.

The top-of-the-line GC-C247UGUV has a slightly smaller gross capacity of 675 L, with a net capacity of 618 L. It has a Aria White build and features a built-in deodoriser as well as a Home Bar.

All three models are powered by the LG Inverter Linear Compressor.

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The LG OLED B6 TV Launch & Product Tour

On 16 December 2016, LG introduced the LG OLED B6 TV – their latest addition to their HDR-focused OLED TV family. The LG OLED B6 TV not only offers an “infinite” contrast ratio and wider colour gamut, it also supports the Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards for HDR displays.

In this article, we will share with you the product presentation, a comparison with a UHD TV and a product tour. Enjoy!

 

Introducing The LG OLED B6 TV

The new LG OLED B6 TV boasts an “infinite” contrast ratio and wider colour gamut. It supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10 standards for HDR displays, making it a future proof TV. The OLED technology used allows for individually-lit pixels. Like fireflies, these pixels can be turned on and off individually, allowing for perfect black in scenes that require it.

LG also collaborated with Harman/Kardon to deliver distortion-free sound with deep bass and a wide bandwidth on the LG OLED B6 TV‘s speaker system. The ultra-surround system is designed to deliver a truly cinematic experience, with superb dynamic range and balanced sound with exceptional accuracy.

 

How Does It Compare Against A UHD TV?

Here is a quick comparison of the much wider colour gamut offered by the LG OLED B6 TV, compared to a UHD TV.

 

The LG OLED B6 TV Product Tour

Here is a quick tour of the new LG OLED B6 TV. Check out how slim it is! You will also get to see what interfaces it supports, and where they are located.

 

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Samsung POWERbot VR9300K & VR9200 Models Revealed

Earlier this month, we attended the Samsung Forum 2016, where we saw the latest and greatest Samsung home technology – all slated for sale this year. What really caught our eyes was a demonstration of the new Samsung POWERbot VR9300K robot vacuum cleaner against the latest LG Roboking robot vacuum cleaner. It was really, really impressive!

 

Samsung POWERbot VR9300K & VR9200J

Currently, Samsung sells the POWERbot VR9000H (Model VR20H9050UW). That’s the one on the far right. It boasts 20X more suction power than the 3-year old Samsung Navibot SR10F71 robot vacuum cleaner.

Impressive, but Samsung tops that up with the new Samsung POWERbot VR9300K and VR9200J models. The VR9300K boasts a whopping 70X more suction power than the Navibot SR10F71, while the VR9200J has 50X more suction power.

These two new models also feature remote WiFi control using a smartphone, as well as an improved FullView Sensor 2.0 which scans and maps over a 170° arc. All the other cleaning features remain the same, from its Cyclone Force system, 311 mm wide brush and Visionary Mapping Plus system.

 

Samsung POWERbot VR9300K Vs. LG Roboking

We have no idea which LG Roboking model they used for this comparison, but it appears to be the latest LG Roboking VR6470LVM. Check out its performance compared to the forthcoming Samsung POWERbot VR9300K!

Impressive, isn’t it? The Samsung rep also demoed the use of the Point Cleaning feature. To get the POWERbot to clean a specific area, just point at it using the remote and fire the red LED light on the spot. The POWERbot will clean the area surrounding that lit point.

 

VR9300K & VR9200J Availability

Both these new POWERbot models will be available in the United States in the Spring of 2016. Global availability will vary from country to country, but expect it to start selling in Q2 2016 onwards.

 

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Evolution Of Google Nexus : Huawei’s Transcendence

Google opened up the smartphone market with their introduction of the Android operating system. From a small handful of smartphone manufacturers, there is now a plethora of small to large manufacturers. That has led to the creation of thousands of smartphone models, with their own blend of design, features and price point.

For the purist though, there is nothing better than a true Google smartphone with a clean, pure Android operating system. No bloatware to waste memory and clog up the system. Google finally catered to the demand when they created the Google Nexus series of pure Android smartphones.

Wary of entering the market as a competitor, Google threaded carefully by creating the Nexus smartphones with various smartphone partners. They even made sure they switched partners over the years to “give everyone a chance”.

Let’s take a look at the evolution of Google’s Nexus project and how it led to the new Huawei Nexus 6P smartphone.

 

Google Nexus One

Google chose to work HTC on the first Nexus smartphone, dubbed Nexus One. Launched in January 2010, the Google Nexus One ran Android 2.1 Eclair on a single-core Qualcomm processor with 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of internal storage. It also came with 5 MP camera.

The Nexus One was notable for its performance and its 3.7″ AMOLED display, although that was eventually replaced with a Super LCD display. HTC eventually released their HTC Desire, which is very similar in specifications to the Nexus One.

 

Google Nexus S

Google then worked with Samsung to create and manufacture the second-generation Nexus smartphone – the Google Nexus S.

The Nexus S shipped with a 4″ Super AMOLED display, a Samsung Exynos processor, 512 MB of RAM and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It was notable for being the first Android smartphone to feature NFC.

 

Google Galaxy Nexus

Google continued with Samsung for their third Android smartphone – the Galaxy Nexus. Launched in October 2011, it was the first smartphone to feature the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

The Galaxy Nexus continued to use a Super AMOLED display but upgrades the other aspects – a dual-core ARM Cortex processor, 1 GB of memory and support for MHL output as well as Google Wallet.

 

Google Nexus 4

For their fourth Nexus smartphone, Google decided to work with LG Electronics. Launched in November 2012, the Google Nexus 4 featured a quad-core ARM Krait processor, 2 GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The Nexus 4 was notable for its Qi wireless charging capability, as well as its front and rear glass construction with a holographic design on the back. It also came with a higher resolution 8 MP rear camera, and a 1.3 MP front camera.

 

Google Nexus 5

Google continued to work with LG Electronics on the Google Nexus 5 smartphone. Revealed on October 31st, 2013, it featured a more subdued (and tougher) polycarbonate design.

The Nexus 5 was notable for offering a great deal of hardware for the price. Launched with Android 4.4 KitKat, it featured a quad-core ARM Krait 400 processor, a 4.95″ full HD (1080p) IPS display, and support for LTE.

 

Google Nexus 6

Google then switched to Motorola for the Nexus 6 smartphone. It was the first Google Nexus device to feature a 6″ Quad HD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Google Nexus 6 was also notable for its sleek design, which belies its large form factor. It also features a large 3220 mAh battery with fast charging capability, as well as a high-resolution 13 MP main camera with optical image stabilization.

 

Google Nexus 5X

The Google Nexus 5X is an evolution of the Nexus 5, both manufactured by LG. It is the first Android device to feature the Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, and the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

The Nexus 5X is notable for the introduction of the Android Sensor Hub, a low-power processor designed to take over the handling of the Nexus 5X’s sensors. This reduces the amount of power consumed by its 6-core ARM processor.

 

Google Nexus 6P

Alongside the Nexus 5X, Google also launched the Google Nexus 6P, which was co-designed with and manufactured by Huawei. As the flagship model of the two Nexus devices designed for the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, the Huawei-made Nexus 6P is equipped with hardware to kill for.

 

Like the LG-made Nexus 5X, the Huawei-made Nexus 6P also features the Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor and the Android Sensor Hub. But that’s where the similarities end.

[adrotate banner=”4″]The Nexus 6P is powered by an octa-core ARM processor, and comes with 3 GB of LPDDR4 memory and up to 128 GB of internal storage. The Nexus 6P eschewed wireless charging capability for a high-capacity 3,450 mAh battery that fast-charges through a USB Type-C connector.

It also features a 5.7″ WQHD AMOLED display (2560 x 1440) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection and dual-ported speakers. Instead of a glass or polycarbonate case, the Nexus 6P is the first Nexus smartphone to feature an all-metal chassis.

In the photography department, it sports a 12.3 MP main camera that is capable of recording 4K videos, and comes with laser autofocus. Its front camera has a 8 MP sensor that records HD videos.

This is definitely the Android smartphone to beat this year!