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    Since even before the LG G5 launched, we've been tracking evidence pointing to the existence of some closely related handsets. Back in early February, benchmark evidence revealed a model LG-H840 that some members of the press were calling a “G5 Lite,” still packing a quad HD screen but seeing its SoC downgraded to a Snapdragon 652 chip. When the G5 finally launched, it looked like we had our explanation for this model's role, revealed as a more affordable non-VR-supporting G5 for markets like Latin America. More recently, though, we've been hearing about the LG G5 SE, and yesterday saw ...

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    One of the best things about personal computers has been the degree to which users can enhance hardware capabilities by way of expansion boards. Back in the day, that meant arduous installation and configuration of separate boards for video output, sound, networking, game controllers – pretty much anything worth using required its own board. But then motherboards started picking up more and more features themselves, and the push towards portability above all else has seen expansion options shrink from full-sized PC boards, to compact cards for laptops, to the vanishing of expansion ...

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    The year for me was 2001. I was just 21 years old and had just gotten promoted to the job of my dreams! As Operations Chief I would be in charge of managing a fleet of 12 aircraft, and I was so excited and scared at the same time. In this job you just couldn’t make mistakes, and I needed a tool to ensure I never forgot anything, and had computing power for quick calculations on the go. You might not remember this, but laptops back then were huge, and a new product was just surging to rescue people in need of mobile power - the PDA. A company you might remember as Palm owned the market ...

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    Since the spring lineup of Snapdragon 820 mobile powerhouses is almost complete, with the Galaxy S7 duo, LG G5, Sony Xperia X Performance and Xiaomi Mi 5 all either announced or commercially launched, and the HTC 10 mere hours away, it feels like a pretty good time to start looking towards the (not-so) distant future. What might fall bring in terms of Android-based flagships? A Galaxy Note 6, without a shadow of a doubt, plus obligatory new top-shelf models from companies like Sony and LG. All these should have a processor in common, and despite Snapdragon 820’s sizzling hot reception, ...

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    The LG G5 is supposed to be a modular smartphone thanks to the availability snap-on accessories that replace the phone's bottom edge and add some extra functionality. LG introduced this ability with a pair of modules: the LG CAM Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus. Now that the G5 is here, new owners are understandably curious to try out some of these add-ons for themselves, and if they go online they'll find plenty of opportunity to order the CAM Plus. But start looking for the LG Hi-Fi Plus, and you're likely to come away confused, as LG appears to be placing the accessory on ice in many corners ...

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    Will the LG G5 stand alone? The new Android flagship may finally be here for shoppers to take home, and while it's certainly got plenty of friends in terms of first-party accessories, will the G5 form the basis for a new family of family of phones, like we see Samsung's Galaxy S7 joined by its edge model, and maybe even a new Active variant? We've recently been considering whether LG might be trying something like that this time around, after seeing the company trademark the name “G5 SE.” Today we check out some new evidence that both attempts to confirm that an LG G5 SE is very much ...

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    Unlike Samsung, which relied on three full weeks of Galaxy S7 availability for a year-opening fiscal quarter of return to form, LG only launched the very promising new G5 flagship phone on April 1. Thus, you’d probably expect another “challenging” three months for a company more focused than ever on high-end, unapologetically expensive Android devices. But “healthy appliance sales and falling television panel prices” made for such great numbers between January and March that LG literally can’t wait to release them. For the first time in its history, the Korean tech conglomerate ...

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    Heftily discounted even before it exited the Google Store, the spring 2015-released LG Watch Urbane was bound to drop further really soon, especially after its LTE-enabled sequel returned to both AT&T and Verizon. Now the time to pull the trigger has definitely come, no remorse or second thoughts. The stylish circular Android Wear device is simply too compelling a purchase at $150 to worry about its advanced age or presumably shoddy software support going forward. Besides, something tells us the wearable piece is still up for one major update before it kicks the bucket. It’s also as ...

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    Took you long enough, you beefy engine. The LG V10 is finally seeing some Android Marshmallow love with Verizon and this upcoming week, it's coming from T-Mobile. Product Manager Des Smith tweeted out a little teaser with a picture that doesn't tell much other than the wait gap is closing. Guess who should start seeing #Android #Marshmallow next week! #LGV10 👍😄🤘#tmobile pic.twitter.com/jRR7cuUjzU — Des (@askdes) April 8, 2016 Nothing much going on beyond that tweet. Yesterday marked a month since the phone got its update in Korea, Turkey and elsewhere. Via: PhoneDog

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    Update from Samsung PR below. You’d be forgiven for forgetting the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge didn’t fly solo to Barcelona for pre-MWC introductions back in February, as Samsung remains curiously tight-lipped about the retail price of that game-changing Gear 360 spherical VR camera. In fact, there was essentially nothing following the 360-degree video recorder’s announcement and quick MWC demonstrations. No ads, no teasers, no mentions of a prospective commercial release date. Just a vague Q2 ETA. Well, the year’s second quarter is officially underway, and B&H Photo Video seems to ...

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    Google and LG must be feeling the heat of China-based smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu, which are currently engaged in a crazy low-cost Android battle that threatens to take over the Western mobile landscape soon enough. As such, the already affordable Nexus 5X gradually dropped its starting price in recent months, and although Google Store, Best Buy and B&H promotions expired in the meantime, you can still get the stock Marshmallow-powered 5.2-incher on the cheap if you know where to look. Check that, you can purchase the 16GB configuration at its lowest price ...

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    With so many apps these days offering their own voice chat (to say nothing of video-call) capabilities, regular old-fashioned voice-call support on smartphones can feel like a bit of a dinosaur: why use such dated tech when you can call your buddies right from within Snapchat? But to the credit of carriers, we have seen some renewed interest in modernizing voice calls in recent years, mainly through the deployment of voice-over-LTE services. Now T-Mobile claims to be bringing its users something better still, announcing Enhanced Voice Services. What is EVS? Well, T-Mobile describes it as ...

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    There’s no denying the novelty aspect, originality and convenience of the world’s first modular smartphone. But if LG truly wants to play in the same league as Samsung, and pull in record-breaking sales numbers, the G5 needs an occasional discount boost. Especially stateside, where the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have already been treated to a bunch of BOGO deals, hefty unlocked rebates, free Gear VR bundle arrangements, and so on and so forth. LG mainly countered with complimentary accessories on multiple carriers, though Verizon no longer sells the G5 accompanied by a gratis 360 CAM. But ...

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    Now that the dust has settled on the all-metal LG G5 scandal, and before we spend sufficient time with the modular flagship to publish a full and rigorous review, iFixit continues its teardown tour de force, disassembling its umpteen gadget in the past few weeks. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the LG G5 heavily outscores the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and iPhone SE in repairability, matching its predecessor’s near-chart-topping 8 out of 10 grade. That’s particularly impressive when you consider how little the two have in common, and the challenges posed by the new top dog’s unibody ...

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    When you're categorizing manufacturers of mobile devices, you probably think of HTC as a smartphone company, focusing its efforts on handsets. Samsung, on the opposite extreme, makes everything under the sun: phones, tablets, smartwatches – you name it. Where does LG fall on this spectrum? It's got loads of phones, sure, and it's really been stepping up its smartwatch game in recent years, but what about tablets? They've never felt like a huge part of LG's mobile focus, but every once in a while a new model pops up on our radar. The latest to do so is a new spin on the company's G Pad X, ...

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    Whether or not the iPhone SE will ultimately be able to generate as much consumer interest and sales as the 6s or 5s (not, by the looks of things), a certain resurgence of compact high-end handhelds is to be expected. After all, the Apple Watch didn’t hit the box-office heights some analysts predicted, but it still arguably caused an onslaught of copycats. The key to a successful “clone” is usually to strike a balance between imitation and originality, which might be a bit of a problem for LG. The Korean company’s flagship G5 smartphone could soon get a diminutive derivation, ...

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    There comes a time in any tech company’s existence that certain accusations must be faced in a court of law. Some hardware and software manufacturers are routinely sued over OS glitches, misleading storage claims or dubious third-party repair shop-rejecting policies. Others, of course, have to defend themselves against mountains of copyright infringement allegations and the occasional deceptive advertising tactic litigation. But perhaps the most common among makers of anything that uses a battery are physical injury disputes. Phones, tablets, laptops and even smartwatches have been known ...

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    Ah, foldable gadgets! An idea as old as time, a concept as revolutionary as the touchscreen, but an execution as difficult as sending humans to Mars. Sooner or later though, it has to come to fruition, and there are only two companies prospectively capable of pulling it off. Samsung could ultimately get a crucial head start on arch-rival LG in terms of flexible smartphone production, but 2016 doesn’t look like the year of Youm materialization either. Instead, ET News reported last Friday, a groundbreaking 5-inch handheld/7-inch tablet convertible is to hit stores “from next year”, ...

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    They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And without a doubt, there’s no such thing as an unbreakable smartphone. Not unless you count those fugly Kyoceras, and ultimately, even the most rugged handhelds will crack. But if designs are so subjective, and no matter what materials gadgets are made you still need protective covers, how come every high-profile Android, iOS and Windows Phone launch stirs up such great aesthetic controversies? The Galaxy S7 looks cool and all, yet it resembles its predecessor a little too much, and doesn’t handle drop tests very gracefully. iPhones ...

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    There are a number of different options for customizing a smartphone, and the most obvious is of course slapping a case on your phone. There are a number of companies that produce adhesive skins for various phones, usually synthetic, sticker like solutions, but lately a trend towards "natural fibers" are supplying people with unique ways to tailor fit a phone to an individual's personal style. Toast is a funky company up in Portland Oregon, who championed real wood tech skins several years ago. All products are designed and manufactured in the United States, and their operations are 100% ...

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    Wireless charging sounds like such a great idea, but too often we find the technology plagued by trade-offs: sure, we may get to charge our phones without the need of cords, but charging range is often perilously short, hardware alignment can be tricky, efficiency isn't great, and speeds just can't compete with wired charging. The good news is that there's the potential for improvement on multiple fronts there, and particularly in the case of speed, we've heard about some big steps to deliver wired-charging parity. Now LG has confirmed that it's producing hardware capable of taking ...

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    Customer curiosity and media hype don’t always translate into box-office hits. We know it, LG knows it, even Samsung learned it the hard way last year. But while the ingenious modular G5 looks incapable of reaching the sales heights of its Galaxy S7 arch-rival, all the buzz surrounding the 5.3-incher’s top-shelf specs and creative accessories could ultimately pay off pretty decently. At least by LG standards, with around 15,000 units reported as sold in South Korea alone on March 31. That, of course, was the phone’s local opening day, US retailers and carriers joining the fun as we ...

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    Like that best friend you haven't seen all year, so is the UPS guy that brings your LG G5 to the front door. The LG G5 is definitely unlike any other smartphone we've seen this year. The company not only continues its legacy of expandability, but has done so in a design unlike any other that we've seen in the smartphone world to date. From addressing the horrible antenna lines we see everywhere else with a neat little trick we'll discuss later, to offering expandability in every dimension without compromising in design, and that dual camera at the back is something we can't wait to test. ...

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    The LG G5 is just now reaching the hands of consumers, and it won't be long before users everywhere have the chance to start playing with LG's new Android flagship for the very first time. That means exposure to the phone's unique modular accessories as well, letting new owners add functionality to the handset by attaching an optional camera grip or high-quality DAC. One of the biggest questions we have right now is just how many users might take advantage of these add-ons, and if the hardware's presence will really help contribute to the G5's retail performance. But while we still need to ...

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