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  • LG X Cam, X Screen unveiled in time for MWC 2016

    For all MWC 2016 previews, news and analysis, have a look at our MWC 2016 Cheat Sheet and our dedicated MWC 2016 portal. While we expect a titanic battle between the giants of the smartphone world's flagship offerings, the war's rarely ever won by the biggest dude on the battlefield. With that in mind, LG is preparing to launch a new mid-range smartphone series -- LG X -- at MWC 2016. LG notes that the two phones -- the LG X Cam and the LG X Screen -- will offer "key premium features without the premium price" and will be unveiled...

  • LG G4 Stylus review: a gentle giant

    If there's one thing LG hasn't done this year, it's launch a mid-range device that I would actually buy. They've all been decidedly ordinary, or worst of all, overpriced. Take the LG G4 Beat for instance. It wasn't the speediest, most efficient or practical device at the best of times, and it retailed for around R5000 when it was launched. While it was better than the LG G3 Beat, I'll give it that, it didn't exactly beat anything in is price range. That's not something we can say from the company's real big surprise of 2015. And yes, I meant that big...

  • LG G4 Stylus hands-on preview: yep, yet another G4 variant

    It's safe to say that LG's recent mid-range phones have suffered from an identity crisis, well, largely because most of them have been awful when compared to their flagships. I only have to think about the LG G4 Beat, and it's predecessor the G3 Beat, and the number of awkwardly named devices as well. But sometimes, naming a device after its parent flagship is a good idea. Although I don't endorse it. The LG G4 Stylus is one such example of a slight bucking of the trend, and it follows the other trend that the Samsung Galaxy Note pioneered all those...

  • LG G4 Beat review: the G4’s expensive, underachieving sibling

    It's easy to punt a flagship smartphone to the masses. Give it a fast processor, cram it with an oversized camera sensor and huge screen and lastly, make sure it has heaps of sex appeal. But mid range devices are a little more tricky than that. Manufacturers can launch smaller phones with completely different names that have nothing to do with the flagships at all, or they can reproduce the flagship but shrink practically everything down. This is what LG has largely done with the Beat range. But is this such a bad thing? The LG G4 is an immense piece...

  • LG V10 launches with two screens, two front cameras

    LG has been on a roll of late. With the success of the LG G4 and the recent launch of Google's Nexus 5X, the company's bashing down barriers that it previously faced in the smartphone industry. And now, it can even claim to be first in some fields. Take it's new LG V10 for instance. It has two screens, two front cameras and is its first phone to feature a manual mode video recording, similar to that of its stellar manual camera mode. Moreover, we're fairly sure that there are quite a few LG G4 owners wondering why the G4 didn't...

  • LG G4 Beat hands-on preview: for the leather lovers

    If Doctor Evil was an LG G4, Mini-Me would be an LG G4 Beat. It wouldn't be callous either to call LG lazy in this sense, because all they've really done here is shrink the LG G4 in every single way to make the G4 Beat what it is. But is that really such a bad thing? As a daily LG G4 user, getting to grips with the Beat was fairly easy. The first week was a guessing game of "which is actually the LG G4 here" and more often than not, I picked up the Beat, sheepishly. Anyhow, that...

  • LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a 23-carat gold, limited edition swag-watch

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. Previously, swagger and street credibility was largely limited to established watchmaker names like Rolex and Hublot. Well, times are clearly changing. In a bid to make its smartwatches a little more attractive to the business and monetary elite, LG has dipped it's Watch Urbane in 23-carat gold, and slapped a US$1200 price tag onto it. It's called the LG Watch Urbane Luxe, and that Luxe modifier is there for a reason. This thing's about as distinguished as smartwatches come, with an alligator leather strap and...

  • LG Rolly is a solid wand-like foldable keyboard for tablets, smartphones

    LG has been churning some great ideas from its Seoul headquarters, and its latest is about as cool as it gets. Earlier this year, we saw Microsoft debut its foldable keyboard for smartphones and tablets, and now LG has a reply. A much, much cooler reply at that. Introducing the Rolly. Yes, it's a strange hipster-inspired name but it's a rather ingenious little invention. It's a portable keyboard that, for all intents and purposes, turns into a stick that one can store neatly in a laptop bag or purse. Or pocket, as LG claims. It's not a practice in skimping either. LG...

  • LG G Pad II ‘multimedia companion’ tablet packs one colossal battery

    Two things are certain in the world of mobile computing: we'll almost definitely get bigger screens with each cascading release, and we'll have bags of additional processing power to boot. But something we don't see enough of is a focus on battery capacity. Well, at least that's what we thought. The new 10.1-inch tablet on the block from LG, the LG G Pad II, completely smashes this trend, and makes every other tablet in its midst seem feeble. With a 74oomAh battery, that's about three times the capacity of an iPhone 6 and over double the capacity of a Samsung Galaxy Note...

  • LG G4 review: old world charm, new world chic

    It's interesting to note the meteoric rise of some smartphone companies starting life at the very bottom of the market. OnePlus is probably the best example right now, considering that the OnePlus One is one of the best mid-range phones we've ever seen. But what about flagship devices? And more importantly, what about current established players? Apple is yet to make its move this year, but the iPhone 6 continues to lay waste its competition in terms of sales. Samsung is slowly clawing its way back into the spotlight with the Galaxy S6 while HTC has launched the tepid One...