LG outs the Optimus G Pro, 5.5-inch Full HD quad-core LTE smartphone

LG Philippines just launched its latest flagship phone, the LG Optimus G Pro, which will go head to head with other top smartphones in the market today. While other current flagship phones top at a 5-inch display, the LG Optimus G Pro uses a 5.5-inch  Full HD IPS display on a Corning Gorilla 2 Glass. That’s the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note II but with a higher resolution. The design follows that of the LG Optimus G but with slightly more rounded corners. The Optimus G Pro is equipped with a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor along with 2GB RAM, which is the same setup as that of the HTC One. It has a 16GB internal storage plus a slot for a microSD card. This phone is also equipped with NFC and an IR Blaster and has support for LTE. If you have a TV or a system that supports Miracast, the LG Optimus G Pro supports that for easy sharing. The back panel is made of polycarbonate with those holographic square bits that reminds us of the back panel design on the LG Nexus 4. As for cameras, there’s a 13-megapixel at the back and a 2.1-megapixel at the front and both are capable of recording Full HD videos. Battery life on this phone is rated at 3,140mAh which is the highest in its class. Specs are good but there are also some cool features that makes it at par or even better than other brands. The QRemote is a quick way for you to control any electronic appliance regardless of brand via its IR blaster. Whether it’s the TV, the air-conditioning, the stereo, there’s a wide range of appliance support. You can also take photos and record videos with both front and rear cameras on at the same time. There’s also the “Cheese” command so you can take a photo simply by saying “cheese”. Really useful if you’re holding the phone in a way that it’s hard to hit...

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LG brings out their Optimus G, 4.7-inch quad-core Android for P26,900

Yesterday, LG announced the availability of their Optimus G to the Philippine market in an event at Manila Peninsula in Makati City. To make true with their “live without boundaries” statement for the Optimus G, it boasts of having the superb features and functionality. It has 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 320dpi 4.7-inch IPS screen, a high-density 2100mAh battery, 13 megapixel camera, front and back Gorilla Glass 2 panels and LTE capability. It also uses LG’s own Android 4.1 interface with several added features like the QuickMemo and QSlide, which allows you to have several applications running on the screen. First Impressions The phone feels pretty solid but a little heavy coming from the fact that it’s a 4.7” screen phone and also because it uses Gorilla Glass at the front and back. The software as they claim, is pretty responsive and the applications launch quick enough. LG seem to have taken a cue from the iPhone with the Optimus G as the display is really close to the screen thanks to their “ZeroGap Touch”, wherein the touch sensors are etched into the display. Text was crisp as well, thanks to a high pixel density (retina) screen. The camera to me was pretty ok, and it comes with live effects and software for you to make your own video. For the software, QuickMemo allows you to scribble memos on top of whatever it is you are doing, like browsing or watching a video so you can transfer it later somewhere else. QSlide is also another nifty feature, allowing you to have windows of specific apps on top of your main screen. This allows you to for example, watch a video while browsing the web, or doing calculations and looking up dates while you’re booking your trip online. I did find the implementation rather jarring or confusing visually, but I believe that should be up for a detailed review. Live zooming on a video I guess has it’s uses, like verifying if there really was...

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First Impressions: LG Optimus Vu

Nov 03, 12 First Impressions: LG Optimus Vu

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We got to play with the upcoming Tegra 3-powered quad-core LG Optimus Vu two weeks ago. This is LG’s answer to the growing popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note and does it in an unusual way. Although the LG Optimus Vu has a 5-inch screen, it has a squarish 4:3 aspect ratio making it wider than most phones or phablets in the market. This form factor is unique and LG expects it to catch on once the Vu become widely available. Philippine launch will happen next week so availability is near. Anyway we’re here to tell you some more about the Optimus Vu. Just like the Galaxy Note, this 5-incher also comes with a stylish looking flip-cover case covering the back and front. Upon close inspection you will definitely see the similarities it has with other LG phones particularly the LG Prada 3.0 and LG Optimus 4X HD. It has the thin form with rounded chrome sides and symmetrical button/port placements. A thing of note is that instead of the three Android Ice Cream Sandwich buttons, LG decided to go back with the four Android button layout – Back, Home, Task Manager, and Menu. The back panel has that same Prada-ish texture called “Saffiano” leather that prevents fingerprints and at the same time gives traction when handling. The 8-megapixel camera sits on top left while on the right side you’ll find the covered microSIM slot in which you’ll need a pin to access. There’s no microSD slot here but the built-in 32GB internal storage should be enough for most people. Since this phone is wide, you can barely close your grip on this phone although it’s not that hard to grasp with one hand. One-handed thumb-typing will be a challenge though. There’s a stylus LG calls “Rubberdium” included in this phone (not shown) but the lack of any slot for the stylus makes it easy to forget about it. It’s quite useful though for the upgraded version of QuickMemo and the included Notebook app....

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LG Optimus 4X HD Review

Sep 01, 12 LG Optimus 4X HD Review

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­The local quad-core smartphone market is still small and LG’s Optimus 4X HD is just the third one we have officially available as of this writing. It’s important for LG to keep up with the big Android brands and being third is not a bad thing in a market that’s still warming up to big and powerful phones. I’ve been using this LG superphone for quite a while and if I’m to say something short about it, it’s not as flashy as the HTC One X nor the Samsung Galaxy S3 but is trusty and can handle things really well on its own with a few tricks to boot. Let’s take a look closely at the LG Optimus 4X HD to see if it’s time for you to go with quad-core phones. Design The Optimus 4X HD takes it design cue from their fashionable LG Prada 3.0 with the thin, angular-look with rounded edges and dual chrome lining surrounding the edges – a welcome change from the curvy looks of other quad-core handsets. The front is fully-covered with Gorilla Glass protecting its 4.7-inch display and its thin bezel making this phone one-hand friendly despite its size. The three standard Android touch panel buttons are below the screen for Back, Home, and Menu. On the left side you’ll get the not-so prominent volume control while on top is the 3.5mm port and the tiny Power/Sleep button. Nothing can be seen on the right side while the bottom only features the microUSB port which supports MHL if you have a microUSB to HDMI cable. Like their Prada phone, the back has that textured skin called “Saffiano” leather that gives this phone a distinct style from other brands. Despite the stylish look, the back panel is made of plastic to keep things light and houses the 8-megapixel camera and its LED flash and the speaker holes at the bottom. Prying the panel is an easy affair and you’ll see the removable battery inside, as well as the...

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Get the LG Optimus L3 for just P4,990 this April 21

LG’s latest entry-level Android phone, the Optimus L3, will be launched this Saturday, April 21, at the SM Mall of Asia, and they are giving interested buyers a special treat for a limited time on that day. From 5PM – 6PM this Saturday, you can get the LG Optimus L3 for just Php4,990, a thousand pesos off its SRP, and it will come with a jelly cover too. This special price can be availed only at LG Concept stores in SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall. According to LG, there will be an unlimited number of Optimus L3 this time around so if you got a number within the timeframe, you will eventually be served. The LG Optimus L3 can be likened to the Samsung Galaxy Y. An entry-level smartphone that can offer you the basic features an Android phone can do. It won’t run all games found in Google Play, nor give you the fastest performance, but it’s capable of syncing with your Google account, mail, social networks, and is a fairly basic and reliable smartphone for first-time users. LG Optimus L3 Specs: 3.2″ LCD @ 240×320 pixels 800MHz processor 1GB internal storage 384MB RAM up to 32GB via microsSD HSDPA 3.6Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 3.15MP camera GPS w/ aGPS Li-Ion 1500mAh Android 2.3 Gingerbread SRP: Php5,990 Remember, 5 PM to 6 PM on April 21, that’s this Saturday already. Head over to SM Mall of Asia Atrium where you will also get to meet LG Optimus’ latest celebrity brand ambassadors. Related posts: LG Optimus P500 Android phone debuts at Php6.5k Nokia Holiday Rush Promo Samsung Galaxy devices goes on Super Sale LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black goes on sale for 10 days Experience BBM and win BlackBerry smartphones with these...

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LG confirms Ice Cream Sandwich update for top Optimus phones

LG Global recently confirmed on their Facebook page that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive in the future for their top Optimus phones: the Optimus 3D, Optimus 2X  (which was already announced a week ago) and also the single-core Optimus Black. So if you’re holding off buying that Optimus Black for fear of not getting the ICS treatment, here’s your go signal to go get one. As typical of LG and its Android updates, they don’t have any timeline as to when this update will take place. Only thing we got from them is the announcement for the update roadmap will be announced this December. Gingerbread for Optimus Black and Optimus 3D delayed again Right now, only Optimus 2X has the Gingerbread update. The Optimus 3D and Optimus Black are still stuck with Froyo with the promised Gingerbread update getting pushed back again and again. We are now hearing a 4th week of December release for the Gingerbread update for this two phones from LG Philippines so it’s still a bit of a waiting game for users.   Related posts: LG Optimus Black P970 launched and priced, NOVA display among the best LG Optimus 7 is only the third Windows Phone 7 in the country LG lets dealers experience whole Optimus lineup for 2011 LG Optimus Black Review, once you go black… LG does its own BlackBerry imitation with the Optimus Pro Top 7 features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream...

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LG Optimus Pro and LG Optimus Net finally arrives

Sep 14, 11 LG Optimus Pro and LG Optimus Net finally arrives

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Trying to keep up with the competition on the number of smartphones targeting different market segment, LG introduced two new Android phones to the country: the LG Optimus Pro and the LG Optimus Net. LG Optimus Pro We’ve featured the LG Optimus Pro before but to give you a refresher, it’s main distinctive feature is the front portrait keyboard for those who prefer physical keys rather than onscreen ones. It has a 2.8-inch landscape display, powered by a decent 800Mhz processor and will be running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It’s important to note also that it comes with a 1500mAh battery which is commonly found in bigger smartphones. LG Optimus Pro C660 Specs: 800MHz processor, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset 2.8-inch display @ 240 x 320 pixels, 256K colors QWERTY keyboard 256MB RAM 150MB storage,  up to 32GB via microSD, 2GB included 3G/HSDPA 3.6Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot Bluetooth 3.0 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera GPS w/ aGPS support Li-Ion 1500mAh Android OS, v2.3.3 SRP: Php10,490 LG Optimus Net This smartphone looks just like other entry to mid-range Optimus phones we already have but with subtle design changes. It’s more than that though as it features the LG Social+ widget which makes this a touchscreen phone made for those who wants quick access to their social network. It’s no HTC ChaCha with the dedicated FB button but the LG Social+ widget reminds me of HTCs FriendStream which gives you access to your feeds straight from the homescreen. The LG Optimus Net comes with a 3.2″ screen with HVGA (320 x 480) display for clearer images although the 256K color is not something to be excited about. It’s also packed with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and runs on a 800MHz processor. Priced at only Php9,990, the Optimus Net will give the Samsung Galaxy Ace a run for its money if you don’t mind the slightly smaller display screen and lower camera resolution. LG Optimus Net Specs: 800MHz processor, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset 3.2-inch display @ 320 x 480 pixels, 256K colors 512MB RAM...

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LG does its own BlackBerry imitation with the Optimus Pro

Android smartphones are pre-dominantly full touchscreen-based but there’s still a market for devices having a portrait keyboard. Like BlackBerry or Nokia E-series users who wants to make the switch to Android. Right now, popular Android phones sporting the Blackberry-esque front QWERTY keyboard are the Samsung Galaxy Pro and the recently launched HTC ChaCha. Right now, LG is joining the fray with their LG Optimus Pro. Not yet launched here but knowing LG’s propensity for keeping up with the big brands, expect to hear about it soon. The LG Optimus Pro is a QWERTY phone sporting a 2.8″ landscape display and will be happily chugging along with its 800MHz processor. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 3-megapixel camera. Other than that, things are pretty ordinary but check out the concaved keypad which makes for smoother thumb-typing. This is just a heads up for those who are in the market for mid-range QWERTY Android and we can expect LG to price it very competitively. We’ll give you more details as soon as LG officially launches it here. Related posts: LG Optimus 7 is only the third Windows Phone 7 in the country LG lets dealers experience whole Optimus lineup for 2011 Introducing the LG Optimus GT450 LG Optimus P500 Android phone debuts at Php6.5k LG Optimus Black P970 launched and priced, NOVA display among the best LG Optimus Black Review, once you go...

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LG Optimus Black Review, once you go black…

Jul 01, 11 LG Optimus Black Review, once you go black…

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LG recently introduced what they claim to be the thinnest and brightest Android phone available in the market in the form of the Optimus Black. It is also one of the most affordable phones with above-average specs for its price point that we have today. I had the pleasure of using this phone for a bit and here’s my verdict on the phone. Design The LG Optimus Black boasts an elegant minimalistic design coupled with their so called Nova display technology. This is also the thinnest smartphone I’ve reviewed so far with its thickest point measuring at only 9.2mm. The front panel of the phone is covered entirely in glass with the 4-inch capacitive screen occupying its entirety along with your fingerprints. The proximity, light sensors and the 2MP front-facing camera are located at the top bezel and the standard Android touch buttons at the bottom. One thing to note here is that LG employed a neat approach with their capacitive buttons. The buttons are highlighted when you turn the screen on and register a subtle haptic response while emitting a blue glow when activated; a simple feature that somehow adds elegance to this device. The right side of the phone is devoid of anything while on the left you will find the volume rocker and the ‘G’ button (more on that later). On top of the device is the 3.55mm jack the microUSB slot with a slide cove similar to Samsung’s implementation and the power/lock button. On the back panel made of hard plastic, you will find a small slit for the speaker and opposite it is the 5MP camera beside the LED flash which is slightly recessed to avoid scratches on the lens. At the bottom you will only find a tiny slot for opening the battery cover which I found taxing the first time I tried. The device itself feels good in your hand although I find it a extremely light. At only 109g, it’s lighter than the Samsung Galaxy SII....

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LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black goes on sale for 10 days

LG really wants you to buy their Optimus 2X and Optimus Black. After the successful online sale, they are now having a 10 day nationwide mega sale for their two latest Android phones. From July 1 to 10, you can get the LG Optimus 2X for Php24,990 (Php3000 off) and the LG Optimus Black for Php17,990 (Php2000 off). The LG Optimus 2X is the first dual-core processor that landed in our country. It uses Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, a 4-inch display, 8 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage. It’s still currently running on Android 2.2 Froyo but is certainly upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread (no dates yet). The LG Optimus Black is a 4-inch single core 1GHz Android phone that boasts of the brightest display around with their Nova technology. Like the Optimus 2X it also runs on Android 2.2 Froyo but upgradeable to Gingerbread. a 5-megapixel camera that can do 720p HD recording is included in this phone. You can get these phones at their discounted price at the following dealers: DEALERS REGION MALL/Address Opps Telecom Central Luzon Solano Nueva Viscaya Happy Mobile Central Luzon Tuguegarao KN Communication Central Luzon Santiago Isabela Guanzon SM Marilao Central Luzon SM Marilao Guanzon Pacific mall Central Luzon Pacific Mall Ocampo’s Central Luzon 0campos Mega Store Dg SM San fernando Central Luzon San Fernando Benerson Tarlc Central Luzon Tarlac Celtronix Central Luzon JENRA MALL – Angeles Memoxpress Central Luzon SM clark Gentext Central Luzon NEPO MALL – Angeles Inbox Central Luzon NEPO MALL – Angeles Thrive Central Luzon OLONGAPO Earth Links Central Luzon Recar Mall Balanga GC Masangcay Central Luzon Starmill Pampanga Fonerange Central Luzon SM BALIWAG Cellshoppe Central Luzon SM Clark MX NGMA SM Valenzuela Memoxpress NGMA STA. LUCIA EAST GRAND MALL Berlein NGMA ALI MALL Memoxpress NGMA SM Cubao Beeper City NGMA Greenhills JEJ CELMANIA NGMA Greenhills TH TELECOM NGMA Greenhills UNITECH NGMA Greenhills CMK NGMA Roosevelt Avenue Megacell NGMA SHANGRI-LA MALL Hello NGMA Robinson Galleria ( foodcourt) CS Megamall NGMA SM...

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