LG has apparently used some unorthodox methods when it comes to the design of the LG G6. Gorilla Glass 5 is the current latest smartphone glass from Corning. It would stand to reason that new smartphone flagships would just be covered with the latest greatest version of glass. The LG G6 however features 3 different types of Gorilla Glass. The front panel uses Gorilla Glass 3 to allow for a thinner overall device, Gorilla Glass 4 is used to cover the camera because it is the most scratch proof, and the back is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 because it is believed to be the most shatter proof. I am glad that LG used the Gorilla glass 4 for the camera as GG in general is pretty scratch prone.
The next generation of the Moto G series is here. The new G5 and G5 plus feature an all new metal design making this generation look and feel more premium then the plastic builds of previous models. Each device will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat. Specs for the G5 includes a 5" LCD 1080p display, Snapdragon 430 CPU, 2gb/3gb of RAM, 13MP camera, 2,800mah battery, and a water repellent coating. The G5 Plus features a 5.2" LCD 1080p display, snapdragon 625 CPU, 2gb/3gb/4gb of RAM, 12MP camera with larger 1.4micron pixels, 3,000mah battery, and water repellent coating. Even with the premium build upgrade the G5 will sell for 199 Euros, and will be available in the US for just $229.
The LG G6 was announced early this morning. The device won't go live right away, but if you can't wait to get a taste of the new device you can now download the stock wallpapers to your device. The stock wallpapers include several natural scenery wallpapers, a few clean office scenes, and some material design wallpapers. Grab these wallpapers from the link below.
Remember the $4 Smartphone? Some things truly are too good to be true. The Freedom 251 was announced last year as a smartphone for the emerging markets. The "251" stands for 251 rupees, the cost of the phone. The creator of the $4 phone, Mohit Goel, has been arrested. He apparently took 3million rupees worth of orders and then only delivered about half of that. Other than the main order the company took pre-orders in February of last year with a promised delivery date of June. None of these orders have been fulfilled. A government investigation was launched to determine how Goel's company "Ringling Bells" would be able to sell a phone at just $4. Goel responded that they phone would be happily sold at a loss. Goel will soon appear in court following his arrest.
Samsung's Gear VR has been one of the most successful Virtual Reality headsets having shipped more than 5 million units. My family and I love our Gear VR headset. The only problem I have ever found with the Gear VR has been the clunky controls located on the top side of the unit. I find myself clicking the wrong button and having to find the back button to get back to my previous screen. Samsung has decided to solve this problem.
They just announced at their Mobile World Congress press event that the Gear VR will soon ship with stand alone controller. The controller will allow for easier interaction with VR apps and games. There is even a trigger for better interactions with first person shooter games. The controller includes a wrist strap so you can let go of it when you are watching a video, and allows for prolonged use. You can get 40 days of use out of the AAA batteries that are required to use the controller. The new VR is compatible with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge. The new Gear VR should launch alongside the Galaxy S8.
Mobile World Congress is off to a great start. So far we have seen the LG G6 fully announced as well as the Huawei P10. Samsung had an announcement of their own. While they did not announce the Galaxy S8 they did tease the announcement! The Galaxy S8 will be "unpacked" at the Unpacked event on March 29th! The 12 second teaser video shown today details the evolution of the mobile phone from car phone to the bezeless S8. Needless to say these are exciting times for cell phone fans!
Now that 4K video is becoming more and more normal we need SD cards that can keep up. The current high speed cards can keep up pretty well with 4K, but those 4K files are huge and can take a while to transfer to your PC for editing. The all new Sony SF-G series can read up to 300MB/s and write up to 299MB/s. This means a 10Gb file can transfer in mere seconds! These cards are apparently also great for photographers since they nearly eliminate buffer clearing times. These cards are expected to launch in the Spring in 32GB, 64B and 128GB capacities.