LG Optimus Black Preview: Hands on video

One more hands preview from Mobile World Congress today. This time it’s the LG Optimus Black Android handset which feature the company’s newest 4inch WVGA IPS panel called Nova display. Under the hood you’ll find a TI OMAP 3630 SoC clocked at 1Ghz powering the whole thing. This is obviously far from the Optimus 3D’s insane hardware specifications but should be enough to run Android 2.3 without any problem. This SoC includes a PowerVRSGX530 GPU so you can expect 3D performance to be weaker than the Galaxy S and its SGX540.

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LG Optimus Pad preview: Hands on video

The LG Optimus Pad is planned to be the second Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to hit the market later this year after the Motorola Xoom finally launchs at the end of this month in the US. What sets the Optimus Pad apart from its direct competition is its physical size and smaller 8.9 inch screen (15:9 aspect ratio) which was specifically designed to be easily portable with one hand. The device also packs two 5 Mpix cameras to shoot 720P 3D Stereoscopic content which can then be viewed on a 3D enabled TV through the device’s HDMI port, directly on the device screen in red/blue anaglyph mode or uploaded to YouTube’s 3D channel. Out of all of the Honeycomb tablet’s I’ve played with the LG Optimus Pad was surprisingly the snappiest and smoothest even though they were all powered by the same nVidia Tegra 2 chipset. But I’ will obviously reserve my final judgment until the final retail products are released. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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LG Optimus 3D Preview: Hands on video

Today LG officially unveiled the first smartphone featuring a glasses free 3D screen and also using TI’s OMAP4 4430 SoC to power whole thing. The LG Optimus 3D has a Dual-core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Dual Channel DDR2 memory and Dual Memory banks according to the company (3 Ds.. get it?). What you essential have here is one powerful smartphone that looks more like a experiment than a really fully thought out product. Why do I say that? Well, first off I’m really a fan of all things 3D (stereoscopic viewing) and the 4.3 inch Parallax Barrier screen only really works well when you view it at a certain angle and from a certain distance. But what really kills it is that everything displayed in 3D looks like a bloody low resolution mess on such a big panel. The parallax barrier also makes the screen look like plastic under certain angles. The other 3D feature of the Optimus 3D is the 2 5Mpix camera on the back that can shoot 720P 3D footage (in 2D the device can shoot in 1080P). Once again I’m not a big fan of this so you will have to try it out yourself and decide if it’s worth it. LG has collaborated with YouTube so you can directly upload the 3D videos shot with the Optimus 3D OTA to YouTube’s 3D channel via the built-in client on the device. LG has also developed a 3D stereoscopic UI that is toggle via a hardware button on the side of the phone. It’s a bit of a gimmick and definitely not a great UX.

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LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Tab specifications unveiled

LG has just unveiled some of the hardware specifications of the LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Pad ahead of their official outing tomorrow morning here in Barcelona. The major surprise here is that unlike the Optimus 2X and Optimus Pad the Optimus 3D isn’t powered by an nVidia Tegra 2 but LG decided to use the newest TI OMAP 4 dual-core SoC instead. The Optimus 3D sure looks like multimedia beast with it’s glasses free 3D screen, Dual cameras (3D video recording and DNLA/HDMI output capability. I’ll go hands-on with both devices tomorrow. Press release after the break:

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LG Optimus 3D and LG G-Slate Optimus Pad in video

Here are two short videos of LG’s upcoming Android devices scheduled to be officially unveiled at MWC next week. The first one is a hands-on video of the LG G-Slate aka LG Optimus Pad and its 3D screen & Cameras combo. The second is the teaser video of the LG Optimus 3D which packs a glasses free 3D screen and 2 camera to shoot 3D footage. Check them out after the break:

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In depth LG Optimus 2X and Tegra 2 review

Ready for some in-depth and techinal action? Anandtech has post a really nice review of the LG Optimus 2X Android smartphone and its nVidia Tegra 2 SoC. As you probably already know the Optimus 2x is the first smartphone powered by the Tegra 2 to hit the market and has been ranking high in 3D benchmarks ever since it first appeared in leaked picture a coupe of months ago. So how does it stack up against the competition? Well first off the Tegra 2 is also the first Dual-Core Cortex A9 chipset so it was interesting to see how it performs compared to the current single core Cortex A8 CPUs like Samsung’s Hummingbird , Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC’s (the Scorpion isn’t a real A8 but a highly modified version of it) and TI’s OMAP3.

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LG Optimus Pad G-Slate Specifications unveiled: 3D Camera confirmed

T-Mobile US and LG have just unveiled the hardware specifications of the LG G-Slate which was first teased in Las Vegas during CES last month. Similar to the LG Optimus 3D unveiled yesterday, the LG Optimus Pad aka G-Slate will feature a 3D camera (capable of shooting 1080P 3D footage) and the same Tegra 2 Dual-Cortex A9 SoC but glasses are required to watch the 3D content on the device or on a 3D TV in 1080P via its HDMI port (the LG Optimus 3D has a glasses free 3D display). The 8.9 inch display is also a tiny bit smaller than the 10.1 display of the Motorola Xoom which is it’s main Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet competitor (full hardware spec of the Xoom here). Check out the full press release after the break:

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LG announces the LG Optimus 3D with Glasses free 3D screen and 3D camera

LG has just announced that the LG Optimus 3D will officially be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 14th just like we all guessed after receiving the events invitation. the big news here is that in addition to the glasses free 3D screen the LG Optimus 3D will also pack a 3D camera (2 lenses)! Check out the press release after the break:

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LG Optimus 3D pictured in the wild

The LG Optimus 3D Android smartphone which is set to be unveiled on February 14th at MWC just got shot in the wild for the first time by mister blurry-cam. The device sport a 4.3inch LCD 3D and what looks like the same hardware specifications as the LG Optimus 2X (Tegra 2 SoC etc). I’m going to get my hands-on with the device at MWC and make sure to shoot some nice videos of it in action (even though the 3D effect won’t really show up in videos..)

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LG announcing Optimus Smartphone with 3D screen at MWC

You’ve probably already heard about this so I won’t go into details (mainly because there isn’t any details at al…): LG is apparently going to  unveil a new LG Optimus handset featuring a 3D screen in on February 14th during MWC. I just received my invite to the event which is probably going to be packed. I’ll make sure to get some hands-on action with it and with all the other Tegra 2 powered devices they are going to showcase like the G-Slate tablet which is also rumored to have a 3D screen. Nothing on the Windows Phone 7 front though. So don’t be surprised if we don’t see any new WP7 devices from LG or any other OEM during the event next month.

Tegra 2 powered LG Optimus 2X 1080P video sample

Ready for some interesting footage? Techblog.gr has made public one of the 1080P footage shot with the LG Optimus 2X android smartphone powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2 SoC. It doesn’t really look bad but isn’t really exceptional either but this may be due to the relatively poor camera lens or sensor. The footage has a bitrate of 9Mbps which isn’t super high but enough in this case and isolates between 23 and 24fps. You will also notice that the camera unfortunately doesn’t seem to have any continuous auto-focus when shooting videos. Check it out after the break:

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LG on Windows Phone 7 launch: disappointing

LG is apparently not really ecstatic about the Windows Phone 7 launch according to James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG:

“From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected”
“We strongly feel that it has a strong potential even though the first push wasn’t what everyone expected”

No sh@t, Sherlock. Did anybody expect the abyssal launch to result in sky high sales? Same for the sub-par marketing campaign. Windows Phone 7 is currently selling only on the strength of positive reviews and good word of mouth. Microsoft is the only one marketing the platform (at least in some countries) because OEMs and carriers are apparently too busy selling boatloads of Android devices. I haven’t seen any carrier or OEM Windows Phone 7 add since the product was launched but tons of Samsung Galaxy S and Tab, HTC Android device etc ads all over the place. Microsoft better have a new marketing campaign ready for H1 2011.

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LG Optimus Black with new NOVA display announced

LG has just announced the LG Optimus Black super slim Android handset a few minutes ago. The device features a new type of LCD panel that LG calls Nova. There’s not real info about it other than what is in the press release below so I don’t really know if this is a new variant of LG’s IPS panel or not. Anyway, the device will also apparently ship with Android 2.2, pack a 1500Mha battery and weight 109g. IT will be available in the first half of 2011 (sucks that it doesn’t have Android 2.3 thought). Press release after the break:

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Samsung Omnia 7 leading the Windows Phone 7 pack in France ?

According to french website monsmartphone.net who allows its users to customize its web page to better fit their smartphone preferences the Samsung Omnia 7 is clearly the win french hearts in front of the HTC Mozart and LG Optimus 7. This obviously doesn’t mean much given that the sample was fairly small (only 1268 readers) and the fact that this obviously doesn’t reflect sales but probably only peoples interest in a particular device. But given that Microsoft and its OEMs don’t seem to be bothered to detail any sales numbers we are probably going to see similar stats popping up everywhere (other stats recently showed that HTC’s WP7 devices where the most popular because of the number of models).

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LG Optimus 2X Dual-Core Tegra 2 powered Android handset officially launched

LG has officially unveiled and launched the LG Optimus 2X (also know as the LG Star) today in Seoul. The Optimus 2X is the first commercially available smartphone to feature an nVidia Tegra 2 chipset which includes a Dual-Core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a higher clocked GPU similar to the one found in the original Tegra. The device has a 4″ WVGA LCD screen, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via the micro-sd slot), an 8 MPix camera, 1.3Mpix front facing camera, HDMI out and the ability to encode/decode 1080P videos. It will first ship with Android 2.2 but will be receive an Android 2.3 / Gingerbread update in the future. Check out the LG Optimus 2X specifications and press release after the break:

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Tegra 2 powered LG Star Android smartphone video hands-on and iPhone 4 comparison

Are we finally going to see Tegra powered smartphone hitting retail stores after all these years of hype? Well it’s starting to like nVidia may finally have something real to talk about now. GSM-Isreal managed to get some hands-on action with the recently leaked LG Star which is supposedly powered by dual-core Tegra 2 chipset that allows it to capture and playback 1080P videos. As you will see in the video after the break the device features an HDMI connector to plug it in your HDTV. There’s also a short browser comparison against the iPhone 4 but nothing really exciting comes out of it. Unfortunately (because Android browser and UI isn’t GPU accelerated) the scrolling isn’t smooth like on the iPhone 4 or Windows Phone 7 (as seen in my Android vs WP7 browser comparison video). The LG Star also seems to natively support DviX video decoding.

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LG Optimus 7 dissassembled tear down pictures

As you have probably already seen my Windows Phone 7 performance comparison videos (here and here) the LG Optimus 7 is always the fastest devices to finish loading applications when compared to the other handsets like the Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Trophy because LG is using eMMC NAND memory chips which are faster than the regular Micro-SD cards found in the other devices. This is nothing really new given that this information was provided by LG in the product’s hardware specifications sheet (and reported in my WP7 devices specifications chart more than a month ago) but thanks to wm.andrew.wilson over at xda-devs we can now have look at what’s inside the beast:

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When will Microsoft release official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers ?

Everybody’s been waiting for official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers now that handsets have been on sale for more than a month in Europe and 3 weeks in the US. Unfortunately Microsoft isn’t releasing anything yet which in turn fuels all kinds of doom and gloom speculations all over the internet. One thing is for sure: If Windows Phone 7 broke any sales record Microsoft would have issued a press release (just like they did with the Kinect). So, is it a flop ? Frankly I don’t think so. Like I said many times since the European launch; It was nearly impossible to buy a WP7 devices because of the lack of devices on sale. OEMs and Carriers (especially Europeans ones) apparently totally messed up the launch. LG was the only one ready with loads of Optimus 7 devices out of the gate followed by Samsung who is currently having a hard time pumping out Super-AMOLED screens for all of its high-end devices and finally HTC, who,in my opinion, didn’t have the backbone to actually launch 6 devices in one month (Desire Z, Desire HD, Trophy, Mozart, HD7). Retail channels only started selling devices in the second week of November (before that all the stock was allocated to carriers). The US also apparently suffered from relative a lack of handsets (let’s not talk about the disastrous Dell Venue Pro “launch“…). Oh and the marketing just sucks…IMO. 

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LG Optimus 7 Software Tour

Here’s a short software tour of the LG Optimus 7  Windows Phone 7 device. I’ve already shown you the ScanSearch and Panorama application in action last week so you should already be familiar with what’s on the device. You can also check out the screen comparison videos here and here  and also the performance videos here and here. As with all the WP7 devices currently on the market, the Optimus 7 doesn’t disappoint in terms of overall performance and LG really did a great job differentiating it’s WP7 offerings with some pretty good exclusive applications. Video after the break:

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