Korean manufacturing giant LG has just revealed its financial performance for the last quarter of 2015. All in all, the company was happy to tell a mostly positive story, with an operating profit of 349 billion KRW, roughly $301.4 million), which is an impressive 27% increase from the previous quarter of that year. However, like its fierce rival Samsung, much of that profit came from businesses other than its mobile devices. Expecting rough seas ahead, LG is said to release two flagship smartphones this year to try and offset whatever sales problems it might encounter in 2016.
The next LG smartphone (LG G5) has leaked with photos of its front and back and sides through case manufacturers of all sorts. The folks at LG aren't leaving anything up to chance with the LG G5, almost certainly bringing heat to MWC 2016 this February. Today we get to look at what's essentially the entire smartphone, from all sides - save the back, of course, since most of it is covered by case. But all the important bits are here!
The smartphone in these images looks very strange indeed. It's crammed inside a funky black case to hide its true identity. According to the source of the images, inside that ugly black case is a prototype LG G5 smartphone. All you can really tell about the device is that it has "Not for Sale" written in the top corner.
There have been several rumors about the coming smartphone from LG called the G5 in the past. So far, we have heard that the device will be modular and keeps a removable battery. Specs for the phone have also leaked out in the past. This time out Device User Agent details have surfaced that show what is believed to be the model number for the smartphone.
Long gone are the days when postpaid is the only way to go when getting phones in the US. Aside from unlocked devices, which some still have a hard time swallowing, prepaid options are getting more and more popular, especially as more and more devices are added to that prepaid list. Verizon's latest addition to that roster isn't going to blow anyone's socks off, but the LG Optimus Zone 3 could make for a perfect affordable prepaid option for those who need to always be connected but have a tight budget.
LG may have figured out a way to deliver the metal flagship phone users desire with the removable battery they demand. The upcoming Android smartphone, widely expected to be dubbed the LG G5, is expected to be revealed in Barcelona in late February, but whispers from those close to the project suggest the form-factor will be fairly unusual.
While LG's new OLED TV's took the spotlight at their press conference this morning, it wasn't the only part of their new signature line that was worth a look. While I'm not one to get excited about kitchen appliances, their new LG Signature Refrigeratior had a couple of interesting features worth looking at.
Today at LG's press conference, the company debuted their new "LG Signature" line of products. The company described these products as "creating a sense of exclusivity and uniqueness" for the user. The flagship product for this new line was their new OLED 4K TV.
LG has quietly revealed the LG gram 13-inch, a laptop that runs Windows 10 and looks to take on the ubiquitous simplicity of the best-selling notebook in the industry. This machine has a 13-inch Full HD (1080p) display and a body that is 1/2-inch thin and weighs in at 980 grams. The outer bits are made from "durable magnesium alloy" and inside you'll find a newest-gen Intel i5 Core Processor. This device will come in several colors, one of which is Snow White - another of which is Gold.
At CES 2016 this week, LG will unsurprisingly be revealing some new smartphones. Surprisingly, it won't be one of its expected flagships, like a new G or V smartphone. Instead, LG is launching a new line of handsets with the "K" initial that focuses primarily on cameras. Almost like an indirect nod to Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom camera smartphone. A key difference is that these devices are meant to be wallet friendly smartphones instead of top of the line devices, intended for a younger, not to mention selfie-loving, crowd.
LG Display said it was pumping $8.7bn into OLED development, and some of the early fruits of that investment at showing up at CES this week. The company might not have a wide range of products commercially available with the prototype and proof-of-concept screens, but it is looking across more than just living rooms and smartphones for where the panels will be used.