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All posts tagged "LG"

  • 48 hours with the LG Q7

    LG's second big smartphone launch in South Africa 2018 is its smallest by quite some margin. The LG Q7, which should really be known as the LG G7 Mini for all intents and purposes, is a smartphone set to challenge the country's mid range pretenders. Huawei, Sony, Samsung, and Nokia have all snuggled into this extremely tightly-fought space over the past few years, but LG hasn't really earned its place here just yet. The LG Q6 tried, but fell short. But can the updated Q7 be the device that puts an LG into more South African hands? I've spent my first 48 hours...

  • LG Q7 launches in South Africa: here’s how much it’ll cost

    Gunning for the South African mid-range segment, Korean firm LG has today launched its Q7 smartphone. The phone itself was launched globally in May, but arrives in South Africa just a few weeks after the flagship LG G7. Internally, there's an unnamed 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and microSD card support. Up front, there's an 18:9 5.5-inch 2160x1080 display and an 8MP selfie camera. There's a single 13MP sensor around the back. The device is set to debut with Android 8.0 Oreo, and feature LTE support, but not WiFi 802.11 ac support. The LG Q7 does however feature...

  • LG Q Stylus is the company’s latest handwriting input smartphone

    Unlike many smartphone manufacturers, this year's LG lineup is pretty simple. The company launched its G7 ThinQ last month, followed by its budget Q7 equivalent. Today, the Korean firm debuted the LG Q Stylus, itself a refresh of the LG Stylus 2. "The LG Q Stylus is a handwriting input smartphone without the premium price," LG suggests in a press release, hinting at a feature given away by the phone's name. "The no-nonsense stylus adds more convenience and functionality beyond the typical keyboard experience while the intelligent palm rejection system ensures that accuracy is never an issue even when resting one’s...

  • LG G7 ThinQ touts a notch, headphone jack and AI camera

    The LG G7 ThinQ is now an official thing, this after countless leaks made its official launch practically pointless. Nevertheless, this is LG's latest swing at topping the two towers of Samsung and Apple at the top of the smartphone world. And on paper at least, it goes some way towards achieving its goal. For one, it now uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 CPU -- something that was neglected in the V30 -- coupled with 4GB of RAM and a base storage count of 64GB. There's an option to further expand that via a MicroSD card. LG G7 ThinQ specifications: Dimensions: 153.2mm tall,...

  • Looks like the LG G7 ThinQ has a notch too

    There's just no way you can find a phone that does everything for you. And it seems that the LG G7 ThinQ will continue this trend. Leaked renders suggest that the phone will have a notch -- keeping up with the trend the Essential Phone and iPhone X began last year -- but it will also have a headphone jack. You see? Compromise. Other information leaker Evan Blass outed (because nothing is sacred in the smartphone world) are the buttons positioned around the device's flanks. Three buttons are located on the G7 ThinQ's left hand side, while one resides on the...

  • LG’s WebOS now in open-source flavour, available for Raspberry Pi

    WebOS is probably the most underrated mobile platform in modern smartphone history. The Palm-made OS introduced the card-based multitasking menu seen on every platform today and gestures used by the iPhone X. HP eventually acquired the platform from Palm, before LG acquired it for use in its smart TVs. Now, the South Korean colossus has revealed WebOS Open Source Edition (WebOS OSE), as well as a first target device. "Web developers can easily build apps and services for webOS OSE. With the initial release, you can port webOS OSE to Raspberry Pi 3 for use in your own projects. It will be extended in...

  • LG V30s ThinQ hands-on: will the V30 be cheaper soon?

    The LG V30+ is a really great smartphone in its own right, owing to its durable design, capable wide-angle camera and great audio chops. In lieu of the LG G7 (and in the face of a changing strategy), the Korean firm used MWC to show off its LG V30s ThinQ instead. The tweaked model ups the RAM to 6GB and bumps the storage to 128GB or 256GB. Much like the Nokia 8 Sirocco, LG has decided to keep the Snapdragon 835 processor, meaning hardcore spec junkies will want to wait. Otherwise, in my brief time with the phone, I was happy...

  • LG V30s ThinQ now official: is it same as V30?

    Earlier this year, we got confirmation that LG will be launching an upgraded V30 smartphone at MWC 2018. Now, on day zero of the expo, the company has revealed the LG V30s ThinQ. We already got some of the details, including the AI-powered camera stuff, but LG has laid out all the specs now. The firm revealed that the device will still have the same Snapdragon 835 processor as last year's model, but packs 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. So those hoping for a huge power boost due to new silicon will be disappointed. In fact, we also...

  • 5 tall-screen smartphones you can get in SA (that are not flagships)

    Tall screens have joined dual cameras as being one of the most popular smartphone trends right now. And much like two cameras, we're seeing these screens filter down to cheaper devices. Which lesser known devices with tall displays are available in South Africa though? Let's take a look. LG Q6 Probably the first budget smartphone with a tall display in the country, the LG Q6 features a rather slick, pocket-friendly design. And it still packs a 5.5-inch, 18:9 display (2160x1080). The device is solid in terms of basic specs, offering a budget-minded Snapdragon 435 chip, 3GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery and 32GB of expandable...

  • LG V30 2018 now official, but what kind of AI trickery does it have?

    Late last month, we got confirmation from an LG South Africa executive that an upgraded V30 was in the pipeline for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. Yesterday saw even more information drop out of Korea, in the form of the V30s name, spec info (256GB storage) and AI details. Now, LG has officially announced that it will be bringing "the first of a suite of AI technologies" for its smartphones at MWC -- alongside a 2018 V30. "The new technology will be featured in the 2018 version of the LG V30, LG’s most advanced flagship smartphone to date," the firm wrote in a...