The massive smartphone with a bend to it coming to the United States courtesy of LG called the LG G Flex is about to arrive on AT&T this week. The folks at AT&T responsible for releasing information about this device suggest that there's a few oddities on this device that aren't there for the international version, namely AT&T apps, but also a set of powerful components that make this release just as powerful as any other iteration released nationally or internationally.
This week the NPD Group/Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report for the fourth quarter of 2012 was released, showing how Apple and Samsung are pulling in the biggest profit from the continued growth of smartphone popularity in the United States. They show that LG, too, saw some growth over the past year, while groups like HTC, Motorola, and BlackBerry saw losses in penetration. Even the "other" category shrunk while the biggest brands continued to whisk away market share.
LG's G Flex will go on sale in the US from January 31st, with the curved OLED smartphone unsurprisingly commanding top-tier pricing for its unusual form-factor. The smartphone, which we reviewed last month, will be a hefty $299.99 with a new, two-year agreement, though in return you get lengthy battery life - thanks to a specially-crafted curved battery - and a 13-megapixel camera.
LG has a few interesting sound bars here at CES, or should we say sound plates. LG’s Sound Plates offers robust sound to go along with the minimalist design. A bit deeper than some sound bars, the LG Sound Plate brings a much smarter design than we’ve seen in a long time, and can even be offered up with a DVD player.
Here at CES 2014, we got our first look at LG’s Pocket Photo. The small handheld camera is a bit like the Polaroid we showed you yesterday, in that it prints on the spot. The Pocket Photo also uses the same ZINK technology as the Polaroid. The differences between the two are subtle, but important.
LG’s got a neat display they’re showing off here at CES, and it’s not like one we’ve seen before. Their mirror display might actually come in really, really handy in homes as well as retail establishments, too. Most times, we see things like this and never see them hit the real world. LG has thought this one through, though, and we see a lot of potential.
One thing we’re seeing a lot of this year at CES is curved OLED TVs. LG’s offering is on display, and it’s absolutely stunning. Though LG and others are touting their monstrously large TVs, the somehow normal-sized-becuase-there-are-100-inch-TVs LG 77-inched is a favorite of ours. Simply jaw dropping, the display is easily the best we’ve seen yet.
LG has unveiled the Chromebase, an all-in-one system sporting a 21.5-inch Full HD display and running Chrome OS. LG points towards this as being a world's first type of device, but more to the point, this should provide a solid option for someone who is looking to run Chrome OS, but wants to avoid a notebook. The LG Chromebase is available in black and a multi-color white and silver option.