2016 hasn't been a year to remember for LG, with it's modular G5 smartphone trumped by Lenovo's Moto Z and it's mid-range phones not performing as expected. The company did launch a capable V20 phablet with Android 7 to boot but somehow decided not to launch it in the UK, leaving precious space for other phablets to walk in.
However, this doesn't mean that LG is done with smartphones. According to Evan Blass, the Korean electronics giant is set to launch a number of smartphones in January followed by another lot in March at Mobile World Congress. While LG will launch K3, K4, K8, K10, X Calibur and Stylus 3 at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, it will launch the X Power 2 at Mobile World Congress in late February where it is also expected to launch the G6 flagship phone.
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LG today announced that they will be unveiling four new K-series mid-range smartphones at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The phones will be named the K3, K4, K8 and K10 and will carry forward the features and capabilities of K-series phones that were unveiled earlier this year.
The most powerful of these will be the K10 which will arrive featuring a 5.3-inch HD In-cell Touch Display, a 13-MP rear cam, a 5-MP wide-angle (120-degrees) front cam, a fingerprint sensor, 2.5D Arc Glass design and a metallic frame which will be just 7.9mm thick. It's internal specifications will include 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 2,800 mAh battery and a 1.5 GHz MediaTek 6750 octa-core processor. The phone will run the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS and will be available in Black, Titan and Gold colour options.
The K8 smartphone will arrive featuring a 5-inch HD In-cell Touch display, 16GB of storage, 1.5GB of RAM, Android 7 on-board, 13-MP and 5-MP cameras and a 2,800 mAh battery. It will be powered by a 1.4 GHz MediaTek 8917 quad-core chipset and will be Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC-capable. It will be available in Gold, Silver, Titan and Dark Blue colour options once launched.
The K4, which may appeal to those who are looking for budget phones, will come with a 5-inch 480p FWVGA display, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, 5-MP front and rear cameras, a 1.1 GHz MediaTek MSM8909 quad-core chipset, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to boot, a 32GB MicroSD slot and a 2,500 mAh battery. The K4 won't have support for NFC and will be available in Gold, Silver, Titan and Dark Blue colour options once launched.
The K3 is another notch less-powerful compared to the K4. It will arrive featuring a handy 4.5-inch 480p VGA display, 5-MP and 2-MP cameras, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1.1 GHz MediaTek MSM8909 quad-core chipset, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to boot, a 32GB MicroSD slot and a 2,100 mAh battery. The K3 won't have support for NFC and will be available in Black once launched.
LG will also launch a powerful LG Stylus 3 phablet which will be similar to most high- performance phablets currently in circulation. Stylus 3 will feature a 5.7-inch 720p HD display, an octa-core MediaTek 6750 processor, 16GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, 13-MP and 8-MP cameras, Android 7.0 Nougat OS to boot and a 3,200 mAh battery. It will feature FM Radio, a Stylus Pen, a fingerprint scanner and a 2TB MicroSD slot but won't bring in NFC capability. It will be available in Metallic Titan and Pink Gold colours once launched.
LG will be reportedly debuting X Calibur, a niche phone featuring a mammoth 4,100 mAh battery, military-standard durable body and IP68 water and dust resistance. It may compete well with the Moto X Force and other durable smartphones but not much is presently known about it's internal features.
LG is expected to launch it's flagship G6 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February but according to Evan Blass, LG may also launch LG X Power 2 at the event. The phone may arrive with a 5.5-inch HD display, a large 4,500 mAh battery and 13-MP and 5-MP cameras. LG is expected to announce these phones before displaying them at the two events so we will be able to get our hands on more details on these phone prior to their actual launches.
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LG G6, the follow-on device to the G5 which was launched earlier this year, is expected to feature Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor which offers greater power efficiency and increased performance compared to the 14nm-based Snapdragon 820 chip. According to ChosunBiz, LG Display, an arm of LG that specializes in smartphone display technology, is already consumed with making OLED display panels for the Apple Watch as well as for several LG smartwatches. As such, it is unable to produce fresh curved OLED displays for the LG G6 in time to meet the release date of the upcoming flagship. LG is now reportedly adding flat screen LCD display panels in the G6 instead of OLED ones.
It is also being reported that LG was to introduce full metal and glass bodies for the LG G6 but those plans have also been shelved thanks to cost overruns. It is thus possible that LG may use the same materials as the G5 in the new phone which looked nice but the feel of it didn't really impress us. We have covered the look and feel of the LG G5 in detail in our review which you can read here.
Source: Venture Beat