Here is LG’s Lifeband Touch, Probably Just Another Fitness Tracker

Wearables are the it thing of the tech world at the moment, in case you couldn’t tell already. From smartwatches to Google Glass to fitness trackers, everywhere you turn is a new option from both mega-companies and start-ups looking for support through outlets like Kickstarter. According to a picture posted by @evleaks, LG is about to enter the arena as well with a product called the Lifeband Touch.

Nothing else is known about the Lifeband Touch from this leaked photo, however, this looks almost identical to the Nike Fuelband-esque product that LG showed off at last year’s CES called the Smart Activity Tracker (SAT). The SAT was a fitness band with a touchscreen that tracked movement, connected to apps and TVs, had GPS, and tried its damnedest to get you fit. Well, it would have had LG actually released it. For whatever reason, the SAT never made its summer release time frame.

Since the SAT had a touchscreen, and the Lifeband Touch includes the world “touch” and “band” in the name, I’d imagine this is a similar product only with a refined design. Gone is the clasp to hold it around your wrist, in is a big glowing button that will likely show you notifications or status depending on what the Lifeband Touch is doing. It’s tough to tell if this is coming at CES or not again this year, but press renders like these are usually a good indicator that something is about to happen.

Oh, and LG has reportedly said that no similar products called G Arch or G Health are in the pipeline, as was previously reported.

Below, we included a video of the Smart Activity Tracker from last year’s CES.

 

 

Source: Droid Life

LG G Flex’s self healing film and durability shown off in new video

We’ve already heard about LG’s latest flexible display smartphone, the LG G Flex, and its less than conventional display shape, but another feature that has caught our eye is the G Flex’s ability to heal scratches on the back cover of the device. LG has now revealed a short video showing off this nifty feature, comparing it to a “conventional” back cover, as well as showing off the durability of the device.

The first half of the video demonstrates the self healing feature by first scratching the back of the G Flex (and a conventional back cover) with a 500 gram bronze brush. After two minutes the obvious scratching on the G Flex’s back cover was completely gone, while the other back cover is clearly scratched. The test was then repeated using a 750 gram bronze brush, and after three minutes the scratches on the G Flex’s back cover were almost completely gone.

The second test showcased the flexibility and durability of the G Flex, as 8,16 and 32 kilogram kettlebells were placed on the G Flex with the phone’s screen facing the table. The test showed that the G Flex could pressed completely flat and then return to its original shape. The display wasn’t damaged by this test. This could also help the G Flex survive drops, but that’s yet to be seen.

The third and final test again demonstrated the G Flex’s ability to go completely flat and return to its original curve, the test involving a person sitting on the device and then leaning back with their hand on the device. This will come as good news to those who have accidentally shattered their device by sitting on them.

The G Flex isn’t just a flexible screen though, it comes with some impressive specs like a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a massive 3500mAh battery and a 13 MP camera. The display is probably the only let down, with a 6-inch 720P display, it’s not the highest resolution ever to grace a mobile device.

The G Flex is said to be launching in South Korea this week, with a release to other markets at a later date. The price for the chance to be apart of the first wave of flexible display smartphones, and the chance to own a “wolverine” phone? A cool $940.

What do you think of the LG G Flex? Is the flexible display still a gimmick or are these features enough to prove its worth?

Source: Android Authority

Leak shows US Cellular ready to release LG Splendor

Sources scouring the LG US web site stumbled upon some product information for a new LG smartphone. Dubbed the LG Splendor, the model number is US730. The information was found on the support pages of the LG US site and included some product images and specifications. No news on a release date or the cost for the device. The pages have since been taken down.

The LG Splendor is similar to the LG Optimus L7. Equipped with an 800×480, 4.3-inch screen, a 1GHz cpu, and 2GB of built-in memory, the new phone will come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Source: Unwired View

LG LS970 Quad-Core 4.7″ LTE-Enabled Beast Sprint-Bound? [Rumor]

The folks at BriefMobile were leaked a screenshot of a new quad-core device by LG sporting a 4.7-inch HD screen and LTE, and it looks like it might make its way to Sprint. Here’s what they know:

  • The device is the G (LS970), with “G” being the internal code name. Yes, that would make this the LG “G”.
  • It is 4G LTE-capable, probably for Sprint since they are the only carrier that uses LG’s “LS###” product codes.
  • It will have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, most likely a TI OMAP5 since the OMAP5 is slated to be in mass production by Q4 this year, right around when this phone should be coming out. Also, this would be one of the first LTE devices with a compatible quad-core processor.
  • The screen will be a 4.7-inch HD display, most likely a True HD IPS720p display.
  • The handset will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (duh!)

The screenshot shows a very small thumbnail, which is most likely a placeholder, but could be fairly representative of the “G” as it looks similar to the Nitro HD with a larger screen.

All in all, it looks like a promising high-end device, but I can’t help but feel it’s just a tad too late to the game considering the Evo 4G LTE‘s imminent release.

Source: briefmobile

LG Optimus True HD LTE Expanding Reach To More Countries

The really-long-named LG Optimus True HD LTE has already launched in Korea, Japan, the U.S. and Canada. LG is now expanding the reach of this device to Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

The handset includes a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 True HD IPS display, 8MP camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Wait. What? Yes, the LG Optimus True HD LTE will arrive without the latest version of Android, though an update to Android 4.0 will be coming sometime in the future.

Source: pocket-lint

MetroPCS Launches LG Optimus M+

MetroPCS just launched the affordable LG Optimus M+, a $129 handset with a 3.5-inch screen, 800MHz CPU, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. It does not have access to Metro’s 4G LTE network, which helps keep the price down. The M+ is the follow up to MetroPCS’s first Android phone, the LG Optimus M, back in 2010. 

Source: metropcs

LG Optimus L7 available later this month with the L5 shortly on its way

For the last year or so, LG has really stepped it up in the Android mobile arena making a mark with their Optimus line of smartphones. The latest announcement of their new offerings showcased three devices, the LG Optimus L7, L5 and L3 that were expected to go on sale in Europe by the 1st half of 2012. Well, according to LG France, the new L7 is scheduled to hit shelves in late April with the L5 expected to follow suit in May. In case you missed the presser, the Optimus L7 will be equipped with a single-core processor, 4.3 inch screen with a floating mass display, 5 MP camera with LED flash and will be served with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Optimus L5 will ship out with similar specs with differences being a 4 inch screen and an 800 MHz single-core processor. Do take note that the L5 will also come with ICS on board. No pricing is available yet for the L5 but the L7 is said to be free on contract. Despite the slightly dated specs, these phones look to be very nice additions to LG’s current lineup.

Source: UnwiredView

LG Optimus LTE Renamed To “Optimus True HD LTE” In A Dig Against Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD

LG’s Optimus LTE has already been galavanting around South Korea and Japan, and the U.S. has seen it as the LG Spectrum and LG Nitro HD. Now, right before launching in Hong Kong at the end of April, LG has decided to change its name to the LG Optimus True HD LTE. Name changes between markets is commonplace, so what’s the big deal? The big deal is the “True HD” portion of the name. It’s apparently a slam against Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD technology, which uses a Pentile pixel layout, meaning less sub-pixels per pixel, reducing some sharpness.

LG doesn’t think Samsung should use “HD” for it’s screens because of this, so they added “True HD” to call attention to the fact that their screens will NOT use a Pentile display and is therefore real HD. LG has also criticized AMOLED’s over-saturated colors and higher power consumption, stating that LG’s AH-IPS screens have a more consistent power consumption across varying levels of whiteness.

This amounts to mostly a spec war since most users cannot tell the difference between Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED HD screens (seen on the Galaxy Nexus) and other non-pentile HD screens, at least when it comes to sharpness and clarity. The higher color saturation is typically seen as a positive to most users who aren’t concerned with true color reproduction, but if they do any sort of semi-serious photography with their devices, it becomes more noticeable. All this drama will most likely go away as soon as Samsung releases their Super AMOLED Plus panels in time for the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Check out some of LG’s slides comparing the two technologies after the break.

Source: engadget

Sprint now has the LG Viper 4G LTE up for Pre-order

Let me first clue you in on a few of the specs of the LG Viper. This device may not be at the top of the food chain, but it’s not bad. Let’s start off by mentioning the OS, Android 2.3, which could quite possibly be upgraded to 4.0. The LG Viper sports a 4inch 480×800 screen, powered by a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, LTE, 5MP rear-facing camera with a front-facing camera to compliment. 4GB built-in storage and a microSD card slot to expand on that storage. NFC and Google Wallet are also included with this Sprint device to round out a pretty robust Android phone for a mere $99 with a new 2yr contract.

So for those of you with Sprint, and an upgrade burning a hole in your pocket, this device may be for you. Maybe you’re looking for a change from your current provider. If so this could be your chance to get your pre-order in on the first Sprint LTE phone at a great price. And with the rumor of a release date of April 22nd, you could be making calls, texting, surfing the web on your new LG Viper 4G LTE in just over a week!