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LG G6 Plus Specs VS original: What’s changed?

LG G6 Plus Specs VS original: What’s changed?

This week the folks at LG have introduced a new set of features for the LG G6 as well as a new phone: the LG G6 Plus. The difference is in the device's ability to carry massive amounts of media as well as the device's newly boosted sound quality. This is the first time LG has released a device in this manner - generally they tend to release smartphones partway through the year with completely different names rather than crowning one that they released earlier.

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LG G6+ and G6 32 GB models are finally official

LG G6+ and G6 32 GB models are finally official

Who says you can have too much G6? LG definitely doesn't. Not content with just one model, the Korean manufacturer has just two new ones deriving their name and their features from the G6. And one of them is appropriately not called a "Pro". The LG G6+, or Plus, and the LG G6 32 GB, not Pro, have broken cover and, as their leaks indicated before, their only real significant difference is in their storage size.

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Verizon launches its first 4G LTE basic phone

Verizon launches its first 4G LTE basic phone

These days, you're not going to want a smartphone without 4G LTE capabilities, but would you buy a basic phone with 4G LTE? That's what Verizon and LG are asking by launching the new Exalt LTE, a basic flip phone that can nonetheless access Verizon's cellular data network. Talk about an interesting device, right?

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Here’s how to avail of the LG G6’s Second Year Promise

Here’s how to avail of the LG G6’s Second Year Promise

Although offering warranties is a long standing practice in the consumer market, Samsung's misadventures with the Galaxy Note 7 last year has put such programs under the microscope. Although LG insists it isn't simply reacting to that, it does admit that consumers have put reliability as a priority for their next phone purchase, something that the LG G6 promises to provide. To further increase their peace of mind, LG is now offering what it is marketing as its Second Year Promise, practically extending the original 12-month manufacturer warranty to 24 months.

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LG V30 could launch in August, G7 in January

LG V30 could launch in August, G7 in January

It seems that the term “race to market” will play an even bigger role in the future of the smartphone wars. Samsung has already been rumored to be tempting fate by rushing the Galaxy Note 8 out the door. That may also have prompted LG to move up its own production schedule by a month or two. Industry watchers are now expecting the LG V30 to break cover in August, a month earlier than the V20, and next year’s G7 flagship to launch two months earlier in January.

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Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

The next big Google phone, likely called Google Pixel XL 2, seems to be getting as big as the company's original huge phone: the Nexus 6P. This week speculation came of the cancellation of the mid-sized Pixel 2 thanks to a series of insider tips (linked below). Because Google's been working on three new devices for the next wave, instead of two, the cutting out of the mid-sized device won't have that giant an effect on the everyday average consumer. We'll weep for the lack of a 5.5-inch display, but the device we'll get will probably be better off for it.

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LG G6 Pro, G6 Plus to herald new “premium derivative” line

LG G6 Pro, G6 Plus to herald new “premium derivative” line

LG's strategy for its premium smartphones have so far been simple. The "G" launches in the first half of the year followed by the "V". While LG does sometimes launch phones reusing a popular "G" model, those are all mid-range or lower devices. You can kiss that simple system goodbye soon. Korean media reports that LG is planning to start a new trend of having "premium derivative" models, starting with an LG G6 Plus and LG G6 Pro, while, at the same time, consolidating its entry-level phones under a single X+number scheme.

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LG Pay finally launches, in Korea only for now

LG Pay finally launches, in Korea only for now

While many mobile and contactless payment systems are folding from immense pressure and competition from giants, LG is boldly and belatedly pushing forward with a system that has been years in the making and perhaps a year or two too late. LG Pay has finally broken cover and, naturally, it is launching first in its home court. The LG Pay that is rolling out today, however, is a far cry from the its original vision and looks more like a Samsung Pay clone than anything else.

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ICVR aims to standardize the VR universe with USB-C

ICVR aims to standardize the VR universe with USB-C

An establishment was formed this week called ICVR, working with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality over USB-C. That means that the content will reach a headset - reach the eyes of the consumer - through a USB-C cord using the DisplayPort standard. Much like we saw with LG's most recent VR headset, users would be made just a little bit more free than they'd been in the past.

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LG V10 gets Android Nougat in Korea, global rollout coming

LG V10 gets Android Nougat in Korea, global rollout coming

LG has recently been rather proud of how quick it is to bring the latest Android updates to its phones. But, truth be told, just like any other OEM, that's really only true for for its latest model or two. Case in point is the late 2015 LG V10, still well within the customary 2-year support period. It is only now that LG's first "second screen" phone is getting its Nougat update, and even then only up to Android 7.0.

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LG X Venture rugged smartphone launches in US via AT&T

LG X Venture rugged smartphone launches in US via AT&T

LG has announced that its latest X-series smartphone, the LG X Venture, is launching in the United States through AT&T. This handset is designed for 'active lifestyles' and others who require a rugged phone capable of withstanding demanding use. The LG X Venture, among other things, is MIL-STD 810G tested and includes things like a waterproof design able to handle submersion in up to 1.5m of water for up to half an hour at a time.

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LG V30 could use this patent for a bezel-less second screen

LG V30 could use this patent for a bezel-less second screen

The bezel-less wars are on. Even Apple might be joining the fray, though perhaps delayed. Xiaomi fired the opening salvo, and LG quickly followed suit. It was, however, perhaps shoved to a corner by the Samsung Galaxy S8. If, however, LG manages to use this recently unearthed patent, it could get back in the running. The patent shows a smartphone that seems like a mix of the G6 and the V30, combining a nearly all-screen front and a second screen.

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