Posts Tagged ‘LG’
Last week at the CTIA, AT&T acknowledged that it is having issues with the bandwidth and how the some users were utilizing lot of data bandwidth and how it was impacting the service. Clearly, AT&T has its hands full satisfying demand for data bandwidth with its existing user base which according to research has increased 5000 times over the last 3 years. Inspite of this, hardware manufacturers continue to launch new products on the AT&T network. We know that Dell is planning to launch its new Android-based mobile phone on the AT&T network. Today, Nokia announced that it will launch its new netbook, the Booklet 3G on the AT&T network for $299.99. Not to mention, RIM launching its new white Blackberry Bold, LG & Samsung continuing to provide additional new products. Given all this, I have just one question: What are they thinking?
From a business sense, it is logical to go where your consumers are. Granted, AT&T has one of the largest customer base in US and have been very successful with iPhone. But, given the bandwidth crunch AT&T is facing, if I am one of the executives making this decision, I would really not want to launch on this network, especially if it is a new product. Ultimately, no matter how good a device, customers buy the complete package: mobile device and the service. And if the customer is not going to have a quality experience on my device because of issues at the service provider, guess what they are going to say: the device is no good, since it keeps dropping the connection. I know this is not the device fault because I am enough of a geek to know what is causing this. Even an average consumer may have heard or know that connection loss may not be the fault of the device. But, if it occurs repeatedly, most consumers will give up on the device, much like I have the iPhone which I use only as a secondary phone. For my business, my primary phone is still a Blackberry 8830 on the Verizon network.
Already, living in Silicon Valley, I am reminded daily of the AT&T bandwidth issue on my iPhone. Sure, AT&T is working on fixing this issue and I know that because I got a mailer from them stating that they have improved the coverage in my area. Guess what, inspite of that, my iPhone keeps dropping the calls atleast 3-5 times a day. I am truly dreading what will the impact be on the AT&T network once the new devices are in consumer hands.
Rumors had recently surfaced that LG was working on a new touchscreen smartphone with widescreen cinema aspect. Today, a video has surfaced lending legitimacy to the rumors and making us drool. The phone, named LG Chocolate will be the 4 in its Black Label series giving it the number BL40. The 4 in the number also stands for the huge 4 inch touchscreen with the new Philips technology that allows it to have a cinema aspect of 21:9. While Philips has demonstrated higher resolution in this aspect, the LG phone will only have 800 by 344-pixel resolution. In addition, Chocolate has the following features which put it over the top:
- Flash-based 3D UI
- 7.2Mbps HSDPA
- 5 Mpxl camera
You can see all this and more in the video below. I think you will like what you see:).
LG unveiled its long awaited 12Mpxl camera phone, GC900, dubbed Louvre for now, at the most unusual location, in Warsaw, Poland as part of the Korea Products Exhibition. The phone has some impressive specs for the camera as well as the phone. First off, from the camera lens perspective, LG continues its partnership with Schneider Kreuznach. And from the phone perspective, LG has blessed it with the S-Class UI which certainly makes it very user-friendly. Let’s take a look at the rest of the specs:
Best Buy is now taking pre-orders for the LG EnV Touch, which is headed to Verizon Wireless, with a $50 deposit, though the final retail price is not known yet. However, it is a good guess that VZW will probably sell it for around $200 with 2-year contract. As far as the launch goes, while VZW has not yet announced the launch date, it is rumored to be June 5th. In case you are interested in this phone, here are the specs for it again:
- Dual WVGA screen with a full QWERTY keyboard.
- Full touchscreen on the front.
- 3.2 Mpxl camera with autofocus with Schneider Kreuznach lens
- Stereo speakers
- Micro-SDHC card slot which can work with 16GB cards.
[Via Unwired View]
Mobile World Congress Day 1 recap: Nokia Ovi Store, LG GD900, Arena, Windows Mobile 6.5, Samsung OmniaHD
Here is a recap of the top news story on this the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:
Nokia announced 4 new phones and the Ovi App store which will be available in March for publishers to upload content and on the N97 when it comes out in June. There are two new E-series devices: Nokia E75 and Nokia E55 with revamped email interface. The Navigator series got two more devices too: Nokia 6710 Navigator, and the Nokia 6720 classic. As the name suggest the 6710 Navigator is GPS centric device while the 6720 classic has advanced noice cancellation and form factor designed to fit around the face. Nokia, in an unusual move, announced its N86 phone far from the action in Singapore. This 8Mpxl camera phone is an update to the to-be-launched N97 with similar form factor and dual-sliders.
LG and Microsoft announced a partnership wherein LG will launch 50 new Windows Mobile based phones by 2012. I am sure a lot of these phones will see the S-Class treatment which we saw in LG Arena (also announced today with March availability in Europe). LG also announced the GD900 which has a transparent keypad slider with a very thin, 13.4″ thick casing, and have 7.2 Mbps HSDPA.
Speaking of Microsoft, it also announced the availability of Windows Mobile 6.5 with its honeycomb home screen; MyPhone, its cloud-based backup solution; Recite, the voice memo organization tool; and its own marketplace called Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which will be available on all phones running WinMo 6.5 and above.
Finally, Samsung had the best news of all: the new OmniaHD (review here), its Symbian S60 OS-based,12.7mm thin beauty with a huge 3.7″ glass AMOLED touchscreen display, an 8 Mpxl camera that shoots 720p video, HD video out, video calling, Wi-Fi, GPS and 8 to 16GB internal storage plus microSDHC support with aluminum body. It also announced the BeatDJ (see video review) with Bang & Olufson audio, 3 megapixel camera, DivX support, a 2.8″ AMOLED touchscreen and DJ features which allows the user to record tracks, scratch and add effects.
Both Samsung and LG have announced plans to launch solar powered phones this year. Both phones have solar panels on the battery cover of the phones. However, that is where the similarities end. Samsung’s phone is beautiful looking phone with rounded edges and 3 inches touchscreen. The phone, called Blue Earth, is made out of recycled material and avoids harmful materials. It comes with its own customized UI that promotes eco-friendliness.
LG’s solar powered phone is smaller and square compared to Samsung’s. However, it too is eco-friendly with recycled packaging, and user manuals printed with soy ink on recycled paper.
Both phones will be unveiled in Barcelona later this week at the Mobile World Congress.
According to leaked photos and specs, LG is set to announce its first touchscreen media phone with an updated UI that looks very much like the iPhone UI. The phone called LG Arena comes with 5Mpxl camera with DVD quality video recording, DivX playback, WiFi, and built-in GPS. The phone will launch in Europe in March with possible announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks.