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It's hard to stand out in the smartphone world, especially if your phone doesn't do anything unique. LG knows this and has never shied away from trying new ideas. It was one of the first companies to make use of curved screens, and last year, it released an insane smartphone with a "magic slot" that let you plug in accessories, including a camera and a speaker. The phone was a disaster. It was poorly reviewed, and few people bought it. This year, LG is hitting the reset button with the G6, a modern flagship with all the essentials and not much else.
LG (currently) has the monopoly on OLED screens, and for good reason - the technology is notoriously expensive and difficult to engineer. But the results? Genuinely the closest you will get to a high-quality cinema experience in the home.
But after spending the night with LG's latest OLED range, I'd say it's even better.
You're still going to have to wait until the end of the month to get your hands on LG's latest smartphone, the G6, but at least we know how much the device will (supposedly) cost, so you can decide whether or not you even want one.
Smartphone design just isn't as interesting as it used to be; top phones are all basically beautiful slabs of glass and metal with glimmering displays that make you go "ahhhhh." Last year, in an effort to combat the boredom, LG launched the G5, an ambitious disaster of an Android phone, which was most notable for its central gimmick, a "magic slot" which allowed you to plug-in modular accessories, like cameras and speakers. At its core, the tech was poorly designed, but worse was the fact that nobody cared about being able to trick out a phone with modules.
It might look the same, but it's not the same. Last year's LG G5 tried — unsuccessfully — to get the world interested in modular smartphones, and this year LG's aim is at the same time a little more restrained and a little more bold. Built around a 18:9 ratio display, the G6's form factor is completely different to the phones we're all already using.
It's almost the eve of LG's big announcement at Mobile World Congress, where Samsung's perpetual rival will unveil the G6: a phone that will be a lot more conventional than the modular G5 in a lot of ways, but that will have a few major departures in form and function. Before its official announcement, here's what we already know.
Some of the biggest names in the smartphone business — including Apple, LG and Huawei — now make phones with dual-lens cameras installed, and other manufacturers are tipped to follow suit soon. Not all phone makers use two lenses in the same way: on the Huawei P9 one takes shots in black and white to tease out more information about light, whereas on the iPhone 7 Plus you get the advantage of 2x optical zoom for a closer look at your subjects (one lens is wide-angle, and one is telephoto).
LG has sent out save-the-dates for its next smartphone unveiling, and it looks to be an interesting one. The new LG G6 will be launched on February 26th in Barcelona, the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off. This is traditionally "Samsung day," and there's already a Huawei launch in for the same date.
Are you going to splash out and spoil yourself with a new smartphone this year? We'd say Google's Pixel is the Android phone to buy right now, but if you're planning on holding off for a couple of months, it's going to have some tough competition. With Mobile World Congress 2017 just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to remind you of all the good stuff we know (and think) is on the way.
The smartwatch market might be in the dumps, but that hasn't stopped Google pushing Android Wear, or LG from manufacturing compliant gadgets. Images of the latter company's "Watch Style" line were recently leaked by VentureBeat's Evan Blass and now, thanks to Android Police, we have some indication of pricing.
Combining Dolby Vision pictures and Dolby Atmos high-end audio in LG's new range of top-shelf televisions, Dolby is on a push to bring its cinema technologies to the lounge room.
The biggest names in home entertainment all had their wares on show at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas, but one name that kept cropping up was Dolby. While Australia might still be waiting for its first Dolby Vision-enabled digital cinemas, the entertainment giant is pushing ahead on televisions, disc players and audio gear.
Heading into CES 2017, we had a good idea as to some of the big trends we'd see. And we weren't totally wrong — Amazon's Alexa assistant was baked into gadgets everywhere, even in cars! But looking back at all of our coverage, there was plenty we had no idea about. This is the best stuff we saw at CES 2o17.
We've seen some incredible TVs at CES this year: Stunning screens that practically melt your eyeballs. But the real stars of the show haven't been the displays. Instead, the TVs are remarkable for their designs. The coolest TVs of CES 2017 pulled all the guts of the TV out of the display hardware, and in the process effectively completed the modern television's transition to a giant arse computer monitor.
LG is reconsidering hopes that its modular phone plan could be the company's saving grace, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Last year's LG5 was supposed to help rescue the company's quickly nosediving phone business, but audiences didn't bite and the company's trying to save itself in time for the LG6.
Last year, Samsung embedded a giant tablet in the front of a fridge and called the fridge smart. People kind of bought it, and there was much hype. This year Samsung is hoping that some software updates to that fridge tech will set it apart. But it won't. Instead, the Samsung smart fridge must suffer. Because LG one-upped Samsung and made Windows and Android refrigerators.