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Also at the Microsoft event at Model World Congress, Joe Belfiore announced that Windows Phone 8.1 is coming around April with key hardware support changes such as: support for Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 200, 400, 400 LTE, TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA SGLTE and support for dual SIMs. On-screen buttons like on Android are now supported, allowing OEMs to make handsets without the three physical hardware buttons. Hardware camera shutter button is also no longer a requirement.


Now with Windows Phone 8.1, the users will now be able to apps on microSD cards.The Windows Phone 8.1 will be backwards with most of the existing Windows Phone 8 hardware on the market.

Microsoft also announce new hardware partners, with LG, Lenovo, ZTE, Xolo, Karbonn, Lava all onboard for Windows Phone 8.1 powered devices.

For those of you who love, there is some good news. Official Facebook Messenger app is coming to Windows Phone in the coming weeks.

Today Samsung have confirmed that it will hold its Unpacked 2014 press conference at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on 23rd February.

With Samsung is expected to showcase its next-generation TouchWiz user interface at the event, and even been tipped to announce its Galaxy S5 smartphone.

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Rumour is that the Galaxy S5 will be unveiled at 6pm that same day, and will arrive on the market at the same price as its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S4.

With rumours of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs are the device will feature a 20-megapixel camera with 4K video capabilities also with a new optical image stabilisation. Which includes a 2K QHD display, a “finger print scanner” for security purposes, and a 2900mAh battery.

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LG Electronics (LG) will unveil a smartphone lineup at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain that focuses on a four-tier strategy. The four strategic Optimus series devices – G, Vu:, F and LII – all feature LG’s next generation core technologies. These new models combine outstanding hardware, world-class high definition displays and a user-centric user experience (UX) with each series emphasizing a different facet of the company’s smartphone expertise.

With an initial target to sell 10 million smartphone each quarter and double sales of LTE devices in 2013, this is LG’s most ambitious smartphone strategy to date. Flagship models from the G and Vu: series will target the premium segment while the F and L series will be positioned as more mass audience smartphones for 4G LTE and the 3G markets, respectively.

LG Optimus G Series — Flagship Superphones Featuring World-class Hardware
Since the launch of LG’s Optimus G last September, the immensely popular flagship product has received a number of awards and favorable reviews thanks to its high quality display, advanced 4G LTE technology, superb design and innovative UX. Development of the Optimus G was the result of close collaboration with sister companies LG Chem, LG Display and LG Innotek.

The Optimus G is the first smartphone in the world to employ Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon™ S4 Pro Quad-Core processor. And LG’s True HD IPS Plus display and Zerogap Touch technology deliver vibrant, high quality images and superior touch responsiveness. In addition to its unmatched hardware, stylish design and a beautiful screen, the Optimus G also incorporates user-friendly UX features, such as QSlide, QuickMemo and Live Zooming.

Originally launched in key target LTE markets, the LG Optimus G is making its debut in over 50 countries. The newest addition to LG’s Optimus G series, the Optimus G Pro, was recently introduced to the Korean public. The Optimus G Pro is a 4G LTE-equipped smartphone with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and compelling new UX features such as Dual Recording and Virtual Reality (VR) Panorama.

LG Optimus Vu: Series — Large Screens for Enhanced Viewing Experience
A new hybrid LTE device that combines the portability of a smartphone with the viewing experience of a tablet, LG’s Optimus Vu: is equipped with a 5-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio display that is ideal for viewing documents, e-books, multimedia content and browsing the internet. With the recent addition of the Optimus Vu: 2 in the Korean market, there are now two devices in Vu: Series that deliver a unique mobile user experience with UX features such as Vu: Talk and QRemote.

LG Optimus F Series — 4G LTE Smartphone for Everyone
LG’s Optimus F Series is the ideal 4G LTE smartphones for just about everyone. Both the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 were specifically designed for consumers making the transition from 3G to 4G LTE networks. The launch of Optimus F Series this year will enable LG to expand its footprint rapidly in the burgeoning 4G LTE market. LG Optimus F will deliver to new 4G customers the speed of LTE and a range of useful UX features without the high entry fee demanded by most 4G smartphones.

LG Optimus LII Series — Continuation of Unique Design Heritage
The Optimus LII Series incorporates the refined sensibilities of LG’s L-Style design philosophy. Each 3G phone’s subtle yet bold aesthetics are representative of LG’s unmistakable design DNA. Surpassing the beauty of the first L Series, the Optimus LII Series were developed around four new design elements: Seamless Layout, Laser Cut Contour, Radiant Rear Design and a home button with Smart LED Lighting.

Creative and Friendly UX — Intelligent Features That Go Beyond Hardware
LG continues to develop the most advanced UX in order to provide unrivaled user-centric features in the era of LTE technology and large, high-resolution displays. The company’s four new smartphone series include an array of advanced UX features that were designed to take maximum advantage of the hardware specific to these devices.

First unveiled on LG’s Optimus G, QSlide provides the ability to display two full-sized windows simultaneously, enabling users to perform a greater combination of tasks with increased efficiency. The recently upgraded version of QSlide allows for the opening of two apps at the same time in full screen mode and change the size, position and transparency of QSlide windows as needed. Video, browser, memo, calendar and calculator functions are all compatible with LG’s true multitasking UX. Dual Recording and Virtual Reality (VR) Panorama are two of the newest additions to LG’s UX specifically designed to take advantage of the latest Full HD display technologies to enhance the users’ mobile viewing experience.


Samsung Electronics today announced HomeSync, a home hub solution that gives you the best entertainment experience on a big screen TV, a shared storage big enough for an entire family, and a new way of enjoying your HDTV through a familiar and smarter Android user experience.

HomeSync brings the best of Android gaming, movies, TV shows and streaming content direct into your living room. It allows you to stream content from your Galaxy device wirelessly to the TV – letting you watch, see and use all your home videos, photos and apps, and all at a full HD 1080p.

HomeSync’s 1TB drive can help you sync to multiple devices, providing shared or private storage for all your content. It supports eight separate accounts to cover a whole family, and allows everyone to upload and download content from multiple devices and instantly share with other family members. File encryption and user-specific IDs and passwords mean content in your private area remains separate from the shared area in HomeSync.

Not only that, you can enjoy the full and familiar Android experience with HomeSync’s Jelly Bean media player and access to Play Store and all of your apps. HomeSync also enables new ways to interact with your content via the control modes enabled wirelessly on the phone.

Simon Stanford, Vice President of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: “HomeSync is a really exciting addition to the Samsung portfolio. As the number of smart devices that a person owns continues to grow, sharing and streaming content will become even more popular, creating demand for somewhere that all this content can be stored safely and readily accessed. HomeSync was borne from our experience across multiple markets, including mobile, digital imaging and TV, enabling us to create a single connected media environment, where people’s content is accessible at any time through whichever screen they choose.”

HomeSync specifications




1.7GHz Dual Core






Gigabit Ethernet


802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz & a/n 5GHz HT40 2×2 MIMO Channel Bonding






USB 3.0

External USB I/F Connection (x2)

Micro USB

PC Connection 11pin mUSB (x1)

HDMI out

Support (HDMI1.4)

Optical Audio

Audio Amp. Connection




H.264, H.263, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, WMV7/8, MP43, VP8, DivX


MP3, AAC LC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA 9std/10pro/Lossless, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB, Wav, Mid, AC-3


HDCP 1.3/2.1, Playready, Widevide, Trustzone


UK availability and pricing will be announced in due course.

Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0, a new addition to the mid-size tablet category that will offer unrivalled multimedia performance within a compact one-hand-grip screen, as well as the power and advanced technology to enable you to achieve new levels of efficient multi-tasking and voice call functionality.

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Furthermore, the intelligent S Pen brings together the latest innovations with the ease of using a traditional pen and paper, creating a sophisticated mobile experience that will enhance your life when you are out and about.

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At the core of the Galaxy Note 8.0’s innovative solutions is beneficial functionality, including multi-window options to split the portable 8 inch screen and allow access to a number of live applications; a new generation of Samsung’s intelligent S Pen with advanced usability; access to a suite of S Note templates and tools that allow you to create, edit, manage and share everyday documents; the Samsung “reading mode” technology so you can enjoy e-Books with optimised resolution, video and voice calls*. In addition, a suite of exciting new content and services is pre-loaded at no additional cost, including Flipboard and Awesome Note, both available for the first time on a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

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Simon Stanford, Vice President of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: “This year, we expect tablet growth to accelerate at the same fast pace we saw last year and are excited to be able to make the tablet experience accessible to a wider audience by adding to our existing portfolio of devices. The Galaxy Note was a completely new category of device when we launched the first one back in 2011, and it’s been extremely satisfying to watch it sell so well and grow in stature as our customers’ understanding of the category has grown.”

A smart diary for life on the go

Slim and compact enough to become the perfect on-the-go work and play companion, the Galaxy Note 8.0 boasts powerful performance and functionality to support even the most demanding of lifestyles. Designed to store and manage your personal and professional data efficiently, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the perfect pocket-sized hands-on tool to organise your life. Practical S Note templates and the S Planner feature, help you manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries.

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All content can be entered and updated with in the finest detail thanks to the evolution of the Samsung S Pen. Enhanced precision is available with Handwriting-to-Text conversion, whilst advanced Productivity Tools that support formula and shape recognition are now available at the touch of the S Pen.

New content and services

Upgraded Chat-On allows for easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats, including images, video, voice and contacts. Awesome Note, an integrated application that is available on an Android tablet for the first time with the Galaxy Note 8.0, means you can take unlimited notes including Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists.

With Flipboard, your news, social networks and other feeds come together in one stylish, flippable format so you can enjoy all your news in one place. Not only that, Flipboard developed a customised version of its application exclusively for Samsung that allows you to take the S Pen’s hover feature and preview article headers beneath Flipboard’s main screen tiles. Finally, Smart Remote gives you a universal remote control and electronic programming guide so you can manage your TV and video viewing seamlessly and easily.

A new age of S Pen intelligence

Optimised to aid personalised creativity, the Samsung S Pen has evolved since it first launched to increase everyday usability and enhance creation expression. Embedded within the tablet, the S Pen is an extension of the Galaxy Note 8.0. Removing the S Pen from the device will automatically launch features such as Pen Detection, which suggests adapted menus that it thinks you’ll need, and Page Buddy, a feature that will intuitively activate your most recently adapted S Note home screen.

Samsung’s S Pen technology is now so advanced that it doesn’t even have to touch the screen. With Air View, the S Pen needs only hover over the screen to see previews of videos, emails, photos and appointments on S Planner without having to actually open the file or application in full. S Pen Gesture means images and content to be easily edited and cropped, whilst Paper Artist and Photo Note allow photos to be artistically personalised.

In addition, for the very first time in the Galaxy Note category, you can use the S Pen to control the physical menu and back buttons on the device with WACOM technology.

Maximising mass multimedia consumption

Creative multi-tasking with the Galaxy Note 8.0 has never been easier thanks to its Dual View feature, two multi window options that allow you to facilitate multi-screen usage. Dual View’s split screen accommodates optimal operation of different apps, such as launching the S Note on the web browser screen and allowing content to be resized, dragged and dropped as required.

Multi-tasking has also been extended to phone calls. Pop Up Note allows you to access S Note at any time to keep track of key actions and Pop Up Video ensures you can keep surfing the web whilst chatting to friends, colleagues and family members – content windows can be easily resized by pinching to enlarge or reduce.

Perfect info-tainment partner

Reading Mode transforms the Galaxy Note 8.0 into an e-Book reader, providing the optimal reading conditions to ensure you can curl up and enjoy a good book. You can even turn it into a universal remote control with Smart Remote, to seamlessly manage your TV, set-up box, DVD & Blu-ray player.

Galaxy Note 8.0 Product Specifications


HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100


1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor


8” WXGA (1280×800, 189 ppi) TFT


Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean)


Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera
Sub(Front): 1.3 Megapixel Camera


Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, (1080p Full HD video @ 30fps)


Codec: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3, FLAC3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

S Pen Optimized Features

S Pen Experience

– S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration

– Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist

Air View

Popup Note, Popup Video

Shape Match, Formula Match, Idea Sketch

Sharing Features

Samsung AllShare Play

Samsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension

Samsung AllShare Framework

Content Features & Services

Samsung Apps

Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air

Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel

Samsung Hub

– Game Hub

-Learning Hub / Readers Hub / Music Hub / Video Hub/ Media Hub(US only)

Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service (version 2.0)

Smart Stay, Direct Call

Page Buddy/ Tag Buddy/ Word Buddy

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude

Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies

Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads

Awesome Note



A-GPS + GLONASS (3G Version)


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB2.0


Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity


2GB (RAM), 16/32GB

microSD (up to 64GB)


210.8 X 135.9mm, 338g (3G Version)


Standard battery, Li-ion 4,600mAh


The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in the UK in Q2 2013.

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With only a just few days to got to MWC 2013 evleaks has done it again with two new pictures from Nokia.

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The Nokia Lumia 720 codenamed Zeal is rumoured to have 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage. It is also likely to have 6-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera. It will support HSPA+ and have a microSD slot.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is rumoured to will have a 4-inch Super Sensitive screen, 1Ghz dual-core with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and 5-megapixel rear camera. There is no front camera on this smartphone. This smartphone is codenamed ‘Fame’.

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Samsung will introduce TV Discovery, a service that offers a faster and easier way for you to find and enjoy video and live TV content.


Complete with personalised recommendations and the ability to search across multiple content providers, TV Discovery can be used from upcoming Samsung mobile devices, Smart TVs, or both.

TV Discovery simplifies the content search process by integrating and relaying real-time programme information from multiple content sources, including traditional live TV, video-on-demand or online content services such as YouTube. Over time, it also offers personal recommendations based on your own viewing and preference history.

The service can be used to find and view content on Samsung SMART TVs and supported mobile devices, or to easily transfer or mirror content between connected devices. TV Discovery also transforms a connected tablet into a universal remote control, meaning you can conduct on-demand and live TV programme searches directly from your mobile device and view selections on your Samsung SMART TV.

TV Discovery will initially aggregate content from Netflix and Blockbuster in the US and Acetrax, Wuaki, MovieMax, FilmIn, Chili, Pathé and SF Anytime in Europe.

TV Discovery features include:

Universal Remote Control: Connects to all major media devices including cable, satellite, home stereos, DVD and Blu-Ray players, so you no longer need multiple remote controls to manage your content choices

Personalised Recommendations: Allows you to discover the most relevant content to you through personal recommendations

Comprehensive Search: Means you can find films, TV shows and on-demand video from popular sources in a single search

Cross-Device Experience: Allows you to project content from a smartphone or tablet, to a TV, or vice-versa

           Social Sharing: You can share what you’re watching with your friends and family, plus see what they have watched themselves

The Samsung TV Discovery service will launch in the first quarter of 2013 in the UK on all series of Samsung SMART TVs, and in the second quarter of 2013 in the UK on upcoming mobile devices.

LG has confirmed plans to unveil  three Optimus smartphones at the Mobile World Congress later this  month. The Optimus L7 II Optimus L5 II and the entry-level Optimus L3 II will all be on display at the Barcelona trade show.
The L7 II spearheads the range, with a 1GHz dual-core processor  (Qualcomm MSM8225), 768MB of RAM,  4GB of internal memory, a 4.3-inch IPS display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front snapper and Google’s Jelly Bean operating system on board.
Using a 2,460mAh battery, measuring 121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm / 122.2 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm (Dual-SIM).
Next up is the L5 II, packing a 4-inch screen and 1700mAh battery, followed by the budget L3 II with a 3.2-inch display and 1540mAh battery. Full specs for these  devices will be revealed at MWC.

The new devices will replace the LG Optimus L7, Optimus L5 and Optimus L3 handsets, which were revealed at the Spanish trade show last year.MWC 2013 takes place in Barcelona from February 25 to February 28.


Today at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced the launch of GALAXY Note 10.1, which expands the GALAXY Note experience in creativity, productivity, and learning.


With its large display, GALAXY Note 10.1 provides multi-screen functionality to maximize efficiency in learning, work and creative endeavours. Its multi-screen functionality enables you to do a true multi-tasking, by viewing Internet pages, videos or other applications side by side while writing or sketching your ideas.

GALAXY Note 10.1 features S Note, a unique and efficient tool that lets you combine notes or sketches together with web content, images and other digital media into your own personalized storyboards. It gives you a new way to create stories as S Note provides various ready-to-use templates such as meeting minutes, recipe, cards, diary, magazine and more. Also, hand-drawn geometric shapes can be perfectly digitized by using the Shape Match function, which helps users to create more organized idea sketches and storyboards.

Moreover, by using the S Note’s integrated knowledge search engines, users can quickly search, obtain information, and easily drag & drop the cropped images and content onto S Notes without having to switch between screens.

GALAXY Note 10.1 enables an extraordinary learning experience. Students can watch a lecture live-streamed on video while writing down comments on S Note; research a college essay on the web while taking notes; or even read a full e-textbook while annotating it. Similar to the Shape Match, Formula Match function helps to correct and digitize formulas hand-drawn with S Pen, making the device a more powerful education tool.

Users can fully enjoy PC-like premium photo editing and drawing experiences with Adobe® Photoshop® Touch and Adobe Ideas. Photoshop Touch lets users transform images with core Photoshop features and combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits, apply professional effects, and more. Adobe Ideas is an easy-to-master drawing tool that allows users to sketch ideas, choose amazing color themes and import images. Both are specially optimized for S pen and are exclusively pre-loaded on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

“GALAXY Note 10.1 takes productivity on a Note to a whole new level. With a larger, fully utilizable screen and superior performance, it combines the intuitiveness of handwriting with all the versatility of digital content to let users be more productive across all of life’s demanding tasks—whether working, learning, or simply creating their own stories,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “With GALAXY Note 10.1 we are demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to extend the mobile category and are working with key partners like Adobe to provide extraordinary experiences for users that enable them to be more productive, express themselves creatively and add a touch of fulfilment to their lives.”

Ensuring intuitive multitasking and web browsing, GALAXY Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and features a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+ connectivity. Its real-time video streaming and Full HD video playback add to the device’s content versatility.

GALAXY Note 10.1’s innovative S Pen, the most advanced pen input solution on the market, is completely integrated into the device’s original applications. It provides enhanced pressure sensitivity, superior accuracy and control when editing or writing, providing an analogue pen writing experience on a digital device.


We have been testing the original Samsung GALAXY Note for a few weeks now and will be posting our review shortly.

It’s MWC week and LG will be launching a number of leading edge smartphones!

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LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its biggest collection of smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona, Spain this week. Equipped with LG’s mature LTE technology, the new smartphones will exemplify LG’s new tagline, “LTE, it’s always LG.” Also at the show, LG will further demonstrate its leadership in LTE by demonstrating the world’s first voice-to-video conversion over a 4G LTE network.

The premium smartphones boast new features, such as a large 5.0-inch, 4:3 ratio screen, True HD IPS display and glasses-free 3D technology, all of which are based on LG’s proprietary technologies. The LG’s first Quad-Core smartphone will take portable performance to a whole new level, while LG’s new design identity, L-Style, will be introduced on a number of new, visually appealing devices.

LG Optimus Vu: – Ideal Combination for Your Viewing Pleasure
Equipped with LG’s LTE and IPS display technology, the Optimus Vu: offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. Running on a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GM internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: is a multimedia fan’s dream device.

Backed by unparalleled speed and performance from LG’s advanced LTE technology, the large 5-inch display with bright 4:3 aspect ratio makes viewing documents, books, websites and multimedia content easier and more comfortable. The 4:3 aspect ratio screen is optimized for easy viewing at a glance and jotting down notes, making the Optimus Vu: not only a great smartphone, but a great productivity tool as well.

LG Optimus 4X HD – LG’s First Quad-Core Processor Smartphone
LG’s next milestone is the Optimus 4X HD, which reinforces the company’s multi-core leadership with a powerful quad-core processor running on the latest version of Android OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also offers a high definition viewing experience powered by True HD IPS technology .

Equipped with the latest NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, the LG Optimus 4X HD offers PC-like performance in a smartphone package by efficiently allocating workload to its four cores. The Tegra 3 processor is the world`s only 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core mobile processor designed for high-level multimedia performance that also utilizes a fifth battery-saver core to handle less demanding tasks. When running at full speed, the 12-core graphics processing unit (GPU) in Tegra 3 delivers a visually rich experience and console-quality game playability.

LG Optimus 3D Max – Complete 3D Entertainment Platform
LG Optimus 3D Max is the latest result of LG’s continuous commitment to portable 3D entertainment. With true performance muscle and the latest in mobile technology, Optimus 3D Max not only offers great 3D viewing enjoyment but also “gotta have” 2D features as well.
The Optimus 3D Max provides real viewing enjoyment with LG’s exclusive brightened display. Users can convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views to 3D through the enhanced 3D Converter and use the 3D Hot Key to easily toggle between 2D and 3D modes.

At MWC 2012, LG will also provide a sneak peek of some upcoming features, such as HD Converter, Range Finder and DSLR Shot.

L-Style – LG’s New Design Strategy for Timeless Value
LG’s relentless effort to strengthen its design leadership has resulted in L-Style, the company’s new design identity for mobile devices. The core essence of L-Style involves a timeless design with finer details that further differentiates LG’s mobile devices from the competition. L-Style’s design philosophy is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for more intuitive key arrangement, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention.

At the MWC 2012, LG will unveil three smartphones that embody the initial L-Style concept: LG Optimus L3, LG Optimus L5 and LG Optimus L7.

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Following in the footsteps of last year’s glasses-free 3D smartphone, LG Electronics will publicly unveil the Optimus 3D Max at the 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC).


With powerful 3D technology and sleeker design, the Optimus 3D Max provides a complete 3D entertainment platform and marks a big leap forward in the ever-expanding 3D ecosystem.

“The Optimus 3D Max was born from LG’s constant efforts to bring user entertainment experience to a higher level,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The introduction of the Optimus 3D last year ushered in a new era for smartphones and Optimus 3D Max is real proof of LG’s commitment to portable 3D entertainment.”

LG Optimus 3D Max is equipped with diverse innovations and offers users with advancements including:

■ True Performance Muscle with Latest Mobile Technologies

LG Optimus 3D Max is a powerful smartphone in both 2D and 3D mode and a pleasure to view with LG’s exclusive brightened display. 3G’s network speed has been also improved to HSPA+ 21Mbps. LG Tag+ offers advanced NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities designed to promote greater user convenience. One of its benefits is automatic setting changes which are possible by creating predefined tags that are customized to certain modes such as car-mode, office-mode or sleep-mode. Depending on location, the predefined tags will automatically adjust various phone settings including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS and sound volume.

Beyond its already innovative features, attendees of MWC 2012 will see some of the future benefits that will be made available through a Maintenance Release or an application available on the LG SmartWorld (www.LGsmartworld.com). Additional features include:
– HD Converter to offer HD quality on a TV connected through MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), when transforming Open GL-based 2D games and applications to 3D and viewing Google Earth;
– Range Finder to calculate the distance between the camera and the subject as well as the dimensions of an object through triangulation;
– Out-focusing Shot to enhance camera quality beyond that of other smartphones through image processing using depth information.

■ True 3D Entertainment Features with Improved 2D-3D Compatibility

Users can convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views into 3D using the enhanced 3D Converter. Furthermore, 3D photos and videos captured by the Optimus 3D Max can also be viewed in a single-screen mode in 2D, using the 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone to easily toggle between 2D and 3D. LG also plans to continue expanding video contents, applications and games optimized for the 3D Converter available from the 3D Zone at LG SmartWorld.

■ True Excellence in Design with Slimmer and Lighter Body

The LG Optimus 3D Max’s premium design comes from LG’s commitment to fine details. LG focused on trimming details on the design of the Optimus 3D Max by keeping only the essentials and eliminating everything else. Measuring only 9.6 mm thin and weighing 148 grams, the lean body with metallic and rounded edges incorporates the best 3D features in addition to desirable 2D features. The Optimus 3D Max includes unique 3D-style cubicle icons which users can customize with their own photos through the Icon Customizer.

The Optimus 3D Max will first launch in Korea in March and will gradually roll out in other markets starting in Europe. The device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from Android 2.3 Gingerbread shortly after the launch.

Key Specifications:

Chipset: 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor (OMAP4430)
Display: 4.3-inch 3D WVGA Display with Corning? Gorilla? Glass 2
Memory: 8GB Internal Storage, 1GB Internal Memory
Camera: 5MP Dual-lens
OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Battery: 1,520 mAh
Others: HSPA+ 21Mbps, HDMI connection 2D/3D TV/monitor up to 1080p via MHL, DNLA for wireless connection with TV/PC (3D video also supported), NFC Full Support, LG Tag+

Let’s see what other news next week brings.

LG today unveiled one of the most anticipated LTE devices, the Optimus Vu:.


Equipped with LG’s advanced LTE and IPS display technology, the Optimus Vu: offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. Running on a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GM internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: is a multimedia lover’s dream device.

“The Optimus Vu: was designed to maximize what customers could do with a smart-phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “By offering an optimal 4:3 ratio viewing experience, 5-inch display combined with superfast LTE technology, Optimus Vu: is just one example of what we can achieve when we combine our best technology with customer needs.”

The large 5-inch display with bright 4:3 aspect ratio makes viewing documents, books, internet and multimedia contents easier and more comfortable. The 4:3 aspect ratio is optimized for viewing to grasp more at a glance and note taking to increase productivity in everyday life. Moreover, IPS display realizes every color in its natural state for the best viewing experience even under bright sunlight.

Backed by unparalleled speed and performance from LG’s advanced LTE technology, the Optimus Vu: boasts unmatched productivity. Its unique built-in QuickClip™ hotkey allows users to conveniently capture screenshots and memos with a single push. Jotting notes is also possible with a finger or with the dedicated Rubberdium™ pen. Among many productive apps installed in the Optimus Vu:, the included Polaris Office allows users to open any document, spreadsheet or presentation while on the go.

At only 8.5mm, the Optimus Vu: is the slimmest among all LTE phones currently on the market and is perfectly suited for a hand and fits comfortably in a jacket pocket. Despite the large 2,080mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: adopts LG’s exclusive floating mass technology to appear slimmer than its actual dimensions.

In addition to HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Optimus Vu: comes with 32GB memory and an 8-megapixel camera. While it will initially launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is already in the works.

The Optimus Vu: will be introduced in Korea in March. Additional information on the unique Optimus Vu: can be found at the LG Stand at MWC 2012 from February 27 to March 1.

Key Specifications

  • Chipset: 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Display: 5-inch (1024×768) IPS Display
  • Memory: 32GB eMMC and 1GB DDR2
  • Camera: 8MP with AF LED Flash (rear) and 1.3MP (front)
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Battery: 2,080mAh
  • Dimension (L x W x D): 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm


More information soon.

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According to ZDNet, Microsoft will be launching the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29th.


The date, which happens to be the last day of February (which just about meets Microsoft’s promise of being released “late” February) coincides with the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

More news when we get it!

Earlier today I received an email from RIM telling me about their plans for the forthcoming Mobile World Congress even in Barcelona in February.


This is what RIM said earlier today:

2012 will be the year of BlackBerry 10 so we’ll be showcasing the capabilities of our future operating system as well demonstrating the power of BlackBerry 7, with a particular focus on NFC and BBM connected apps. We’ll demonstrate how we align constructively with our carrier partners, as well as highlighting the value added by the recent additions to the BlackBerry family including NewBay Software, The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), Jaycut and Scoreloop.

So I wonder just what RIM have up their sleeve? More information as we get it.

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