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All posts tagged "LG"

  • 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...

  • LG V30s to launch at MWC 2018 – report

    A few weeks ago, we got confirmation from a local LG executive that an upgraded LG V30 would be launched at MWC 2018. "We will introduce at MWC for V30… upgraded version (sic)," LG South Africa's CY Kim told journalists at LG's Innofest event in Cape Town last month. Now, Korea's ETNews has delivered more details, revealing that it would be called the LG V30s. So how will it differ from the bog-standard V30? According the publication, the V30s will offer the same design but stand out with 256GB of storage and LG Lens functionality. The latter has drawn comparisons to Bixby...

  • 4 cheap dual-camera smartphones you can get in SA

    Dual cameras aren't just for expensive superphones, as we see the technology come to cheaper devices too. It's one thing to have cheap dual-camera smartphones, but another to have them in the country. Fortunately, there are actually a few devices that fit the bill... Ulefone S8 Pro Ulefone is a little-known Chinese brand, specialising in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. In other words, don't expect blazing-fast phones from this company. Nevertheless, you can buy the Ulefone S8 Pro from the Smartphone Shop on Takealot, coming in at a rather well-priced R2499. For your cash, you're getting a 13MP+5MP combo on the back (enabling depth-of-field tricks), a 5MP...

  • Can we expect LG speakers with Google Assistant in SA this year?

    Last year at LG Innofest, the company had a bit of a mixed message around its Amazon Alexa-powered appliances, to say the least. Now that the company has a few Google-powered devices, such as the CLOi robot and ThinQ speaker, you might be wondering about a local launch. Don't count on it, unfortunately. LG's Tony Dos Santos confirmed that they'd be focusing on general portable speakers for the South African market for now. "So this year we'll launch portable speakers... where you're able to stream, for example... But that product will be launched (in) the second half of this year..." Dos Santos told reporters...

  • Confirmed: LG to bring upgraded V30 to MWC 2018

    One would expect the LG G7 to be revealed at Mobile World Congress (MWC), but the Korean firm seems to have a different idea... CY Kim, managing director for LG Electronics South Africa, told reporters that we can expect an upgraded version of the V30 to debut instead. "We will introduce at MWC for V30... upgraded version (sic)," Kim told press at LG's Innofest event in Cape Town. Kim hinted that the G7 would be a "little bit late". The news comes amid claims that the G7 has gone back to the drawing board. The claim has been dismissed by an LG executive, who...

  • LG responds to ‘inaccurate’ G7 do-over report [Exclusive]

    Earlier this week, a report claimed that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin ordered a revision of the company's upcoming G7 flagship phone. The Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, reported that the G7 team was told to halt work on the phone and "review the new product from scratch". The source added that "a direct order was sent down to the working-level officials to start over". The report came after Jo told reporters at CES that the firm would "unveil new smartphones when it is needed". Now, Ken Hong, LG senior director for global communications, has responded to the report. "That report is not credible, it's...

  • LG CEO orders do-over of upcoming G7 – report [Update]

    The LG G6 (review) and V30 were big steps in the right direction for the company, but what should we expect from the LG G7? Well, one report claims that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered a revision of the upcoming phone. According to the Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, "the G7 smartphone team of the company's mobile communications business was told to halt recent work related to development of the newest phone, and to review the new product from scratch". The employee told the publication that an order was sent "to the working-level officials to start...

  • LG reveals more robots ahead of CES 2018

    We saw LG introduce a variety of robots at CES last year, including several commercially focused gadgets, such as a robotic lawnmower, airport cleaning robot and an airport guide robot. Now, the company has revealed three more commercial robots, in the form of the Serving Robot, Porter Robot and Shopping Cart Robot. It adds that the trio are part of LG's new CLOi brand -- yes, it's pronounced KLOH-ee. The Serving Robot is meant to "deliver meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges quickly and efficiently", LG notes on its website. What about the Porter Robot? It's...

  • LG V30: check these camera samples

    The LG V30+ was a rather surprising entrant in the South African smartphone space. We thought we'd be getting the vanilla V30. After all, we received the least exciting LG G6 variant. Between the Snapdragon 835 processor, 3300mAh battery and OLED screen, there's plenty to like about the phone on paper. But what about the camera setup? The phone packs a rather noteworthy 16MP f/1.6 aperture main camera, backed up by a f/1.9 13MP main shooter. These aren't the biggest sensors, nor do they have the biggest pixels (at 1 micron), but do you notice this? We've got a few samples,...