LG’s Latest Budget-Priced Smartphone Includes Nano Coated Tip Stylus Pen

LG will be introducing the latest version of its flagship smartphone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress conference this week. At the event, the South Korean company will show off the new LG5, but fans of stylus devices will be more interested in the 5.7-inch phablet LG Stylus 2.

Currently there is one phone that dominates the stylus segment on mobile, the Samsung Galaxy Note. But other players are introducing their own versions, including LG and Huawei.

The LG Stylus 2 is a follow up to the G4 Stylus, which launched in May of last year to lukewarm receptions. The company made several improvements on the Stylus 2, including a new nano-coated pen for greater accuracy, which is replacing the Rubberdium Stylus of the G4.

While LG has upgraded the RAM from 1GB to 1.5GB and installed more powerful rear and front cameras with 13- and 8-megapixel respectively, the company is most proud of the new stylus, which it calls a pen.

The stylus/pen is becoming a valuable tool for many power users and creative types that own phablets, and the more accurate it is, the better LG can use it as a selling point.

Of course, typing on a phablet is not convenient, but if there is one thing the Galaxy Note has proven, it’s the existence of a large customer base that loves to use a stylus. Small business owners in design, landscaping, architecture, real estate, decorating and more have grown to appreciate the conveniences a stylus offers.

The improvement on the LG Stylus 2 extends to features that are designed specifically for the pen. When you take the pen out from the compartment, it triggers Pen Pop, a shortcut menu for the Pop Memo and Pop Scanner applications. So all you have to do is take the pen out and you can start writing, drawing or just doodling.

Another nifty feature is basically an alarm for your pen. If the phone detects the pen container is empty, an app called Pen Keeper will sound an alert on your phone.

“LG Stylus 2 provides both the big screen and premium notetaking functions of a premium large phone at a price of a mid-tier phone,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. This means you shouldn’t expect specs that match the Galaxy Note 5, but an affordable alternative.

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LG’s Four New Phones, Premium Features at a Medium Price

Very soon, some major smartphone manufacturers are going to release new models of their flagship devices.

LG is getting a jump on them by announcing four new LG phones. And the company is hoping to attract customers with some mid-range price tags on those phones.

The company says that the Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy smartphones will be officially unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress conference. That’s where a few other companies are expected to make a splash with new devices.

LG offers a sneak peak at its new LG phones ahead of MWC. While others go high-end, the company is banking on an audience with a restricted budget.

Juno Cho, LG’s president and CEO, says in a statement on the company’s website:

“For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn’t how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets.”

These new LG phones range from the larger 5-inch Magna to a near low-end Joy, and its 4-inch display. In the middle are the 4.7-inch Spirit and a 4.5-inch Leon.

LG has built the Magna and Spirit with its slightly curved design. The displays on the larger devices also feature a 3000 mm radius curve to the display. All four devices will be equipped with Android 5 Lollipop. The Joy could be loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, too. And all of the phones will be available with either LTE or 3G connectivity.

Each of the new LG phones will feature a removable battery. The battery’s capacity ranges with the size of the smartphone.

LG says the 2,540 mAh battery on the Magna is designed to work all day, even with heavy use. The larger of the devices, the Magna and Spirit, will feature HD displays. And it’s apparent that LG is sacrificing some key specifications to keep its price lower on these offerings.

The Magna, Spirit, and Leon will be stocked with either a 1.2- or 1.3GHZ quad-core processor. But each of the four phones is only stocked with 8GB of internal storage. The cameras on the new LG phones aren’t exactly showstoppers, either.

So, if you’re looking for a smartphone to help your business become more social and share more photos, perhaps the Magna (and maybe the Spirit) is the only option to consider.

Magna will feature an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera And a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Spirit features the same rear camera but just a 1-megapixel front camera, which is likely to result in less-than-stellar selfies.

Leon also comes with either the 8- or 5-megapixel rear camera. The Joy phone comes only with a 5-megapixel rear camera. Each of those phones only has a VGA front-facing camera.

LG has given no indication on pricing of its new offerings. So, if the price is low enough, it may be easier to look past some of these slightly unremarkable specs.

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Witness the genius of LG’s ultra-slim OLED TV wall mount

LG OLED Wall Mount 1

We’ve already enjoyed the splendour of LG’s new 2.5mm thick Signature OLED W7 at CES 2017, but it’s not just the TV that’s ultra slim. Its clever wall-mount system is equally stunning and ensures the TV sits completely flush against the wall.

It all starts with the mounting sheet, which sticks to the wall using adhesive. It has nine magnets to help secure the TV correctly in place, though there are also two hooks so it’s not just the power of magnetism securing your hugely expensive TV to the wall.

LG OLED Wall Mount 7What I saw at LG’s recent European convention looked very simple for two people to assemble, though LG plans to offer a ‘white glove’ service for owners, so they won’t have to do it themselves.

In case you were wondering, the wall mount comes with the TV as there is no traditional stand for this set – it’s wall-mount or nothing here.

LG OLED Wall Mount 1While the W7 isn’t especially heavy, it is very flexible. All this bending has no negative impact on the TV. We’ve come a long way from the humble CRT TV, that’s for sure.

LG OLED Wall MountThis is one of the two hooks that help hold the TV to the wall. They combine with the magnets to keep the TV securely fastened to the wall – you don’t even need to drill a single hole.

LG OLED Wall Mount 3There’s a single cable which runs to the provided Dolby Atmos soundbar. LG provides an extension cable should you require it, though it’s worth noting the soundbar can’t be wall mounted. You’ll need a shelf for it to sit on.

LG OLED Wall Mount 6And here’s a clearer view of how thin the mounting sheet is. That little metal circle is one of the hooks the TV sits on.

LG OLED Wall Mount 4The final result is a TV that mounts perfectly to the wall and sticks out only 2.5mm. Hell, if you were really clever you could make a little 2.5mm deep alcove so the TV wouldn’t stick out at all.

If you can afford it, that is – this TV is likely to cost around £10,000, which is hardly pocket change.

If you’re paying that much, you may as well make a little extra effort.

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LG’s VPInput App Lets Users Control Their G4, G5, V10 Smartphones From PCs

LG's VPInput App Lets Users Control Their G4, G5, V10 Smartphones From PCs

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The app is compatible with only the LG G4, G5, V10
  • It will allow remote access to the smartphone from the PC
  • It requires a Bluetooth-integrated PC to work

LG has launched a new app called VPInput to enable users get remote access to their smartphones via PCs and laptops as well. The app is only compatible with the LG G4,LG G5, and LG V10.

In order to make this work, the users need to also download the LG VPInput PC Program (Windows or Mac) on their desktops alongside the app on any of the three smartphone. It also requires Bluetooth connectivity, and for those desktops that do not support Bluetooth – the program wouldn’t work. LG confirms that this program does not support the Bluetooth dongle, hence this functionality is only applicable for Bluetooth integrated laptops and PCs.

Once the entire thing is set up, users will be able to browse through their LG G4, G5. and V10 smartphones from their PCs/laptops without having to pick up their smartphone devices every time. The user will essentially be able to control the smartphone using the PC keyboard and mouse.

“The VPInput app gives LG smartphone users control of their devices using their PC’s mouse and keyboard, a convenient solution when you’re at your desk but want to check your phone without interrupting your workflow,” said the company.

The program also allows inputting text, and use functions (Ctrl+V, Ctrl+C) from the keyboard on LG compatible smartphones. This program will be useful especially at work, where all smartphone and PC files could be accessed simultaneously on one screen. Furthermore, users can just continue to communicate on IM apps, and other chat services from one device. Screenshots taken on the PC can be sent to contacts through the smartphone as well. The app is available for free download on Google Play.

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