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We’ve already seen LG G-Slate tablet at CES but hardly any additional information was available. In the past week there were numerous rumors, leaked videos and pictures about LG’s first tablet, but LG kept it all secret, neither confirming nor denying them, until now. The day when Google will present Android 3.0 Honeycomb is probably the best time to present this little piece of beauty. Probably the most interesting, unusual and exciting things about it – its ability to record and play 3D video. It seems like LG are on 3D wave, presenting the first 3D mobile phone for 14th February.

LG G-Slate will most likely be one of the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets out on the market, as it is expected to be available starting from March this year. The tablet will also support (as already mentioned) playback and recording of 3D video, 4G connectivity, a 8.9-inch screen, support for 1080p HD video playback, one 5MP camera at the back with LED flash and a 2MP one in the front, a whole 32GB internal storage (pretty enough for a lot of music and pictures and some videos) and last but not least – the gaining popularity NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

Additional features like WiFi, HDMI, light and orientation sensors are also available. But unfortunately, one of the most important things was not announced by LG – the expected price of G-Slate. But with all those powerful tablets that are about to hit the markets in the upcoming several months, I’m pretty sure that the prices won’t be that much high.

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We’ve seen the power of the Tegra 2 platform in many tablets but until now no one has integrated it into a mobile phone. There were rumors that the second Android phone – Nexus S will be running on Tegra 2, but they came out to be wrong. However, another phone will keep a Tegra 2 chip inside its body – LG Optimus 2X (which was formerly known as LG Star). At first it will be present only on the Korean market in January next year and after that followed by the Asia and European markets.

The specifications of LG Optimus X2 are quite impressive and if it wasn’t the small screen, everyone could think that these are the specs of a netbook. As already mentioned, the core of the handset is 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, supported by 4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB internal memory (which can be expanded via the microSD card slot with up to additional 32GB), 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing one for video calling, HDMI mirroring, 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 video playback and recording and 1500mAh battery. At first the device will be offered with Android 2.2 FroYo as its OS but later on LG promise that you’ll be able to upgrade it to the just announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

All these specification look really fantastic and I’m sure that LG Optimus X2 will mark the start of a new era in the mobile phones’ life. Having a 1GHz 2-core processor in your pocket is really amazing. I remember the time 10 years ago when I had my first Pentium PC running at 400MHz – it was so big and noisy and now my mobile phone is times faster and smaller. All that’s left is to wait for the final price and head to the stores as soon as the LG Optimus X2 is released.

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During the KES2010, which is the Korean equivalent to the Consumer Electronics Show, LG has announced their new handset for the Korean market only. “Another LG device – so what?” probably many of you are asking yourselves right now, but believe me – there is a reason for writing about LU-3000. This device is really fast, faster than iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S, based on a variety of tests of the three devices. So in fact, this turns out to be the fastest Android phone – something which is not common for LG.

The specifications of LU-3000 seem pretty good, although one could have expected a lot more from the “fastest Android handset”. The core of this mobile phone is TI OMAP 3630 processor running at 1GHz, supported by a 3.8-inch IPS TFT display with resolution of 480×800 pixels (it’s pretty good to see IPS panels in a handset, providing viewing angles of 178 degrees and accurate color representation), 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, capable of recording 1080p HD video, but LU-3000 is also capable of playing 1080p video either on the phone screen or on an external one, using the HDMI output. The version of Android is 2.2, but let’s hope that there will be Gingerbread for it.

It’s a pity that this lovely device will not be released to the rest of the world, but it’s possible that LG would make another device, similar to this one for us. If you are interested in the test between the iPhone, Galaxy S and LU-3000, take a look at the video bellow:

LU-3000 vs. Galaxy S vs. iPhone

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Tegra 2 phone leaks pictures

We’re all used to the 1GHz processors in our mobile phones and everyone gets excited when we hear about a mobile phone, which will have a 1.2GHz or even faster processor in its heart. Many tablet manufacturers started integrating the Tegra 2 platform into their products and we all see the power of the 2 cores, but yet we haven’t seen them in a handset – at least not until now. There are some new leaked images of LG Star mobile phone.

It is expected to have a Tegra 2 core, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (it could have been SAMOLED2 but this is excellent, too), a front facing camera and Android 2.3 OS on top of all. LG Star will also have a whole 8MP back camera, which will be able to record 1080p Full HD videos (pretty amazing for a mobile phone). From the photos we could see that it will include a LED flash (only one, no double) and most likely touch-sensitive hardware buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search.

If all these specifications are true, or at least most of them, this will mean that LG are making a killer phone – something that we haven’t expected from them. But if LG are preparing such handset it’s almost 100% sure that the rest top manufacturers – Samsung, HTC and Motorola are preparing something to compete with LG Star. Or will it be the only Star on the sky?

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These days there is some wave of cheap Android phones being presented. LG Vortex is not an exception. It is one of the many LG devices that were announced recently and is headed directly to Verizon stores. An interesting thing about LG Vortex is that although it comes equipped with Android 2.2, it lacks many of the features that it is expected to have. Another thing that needs our attention is that the handset is running Bing as its default web browser and Google Maps is changed with Bing Maps. This is because of the contract between Verizon and Microsoft which compels the carrier to integrate Microsoft’s services in all entry-level mobile phones and Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The most important hardware features of LG Vortex are Android 2.2 FroYo OS (as already mentioned), a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, running at resolution of 320×240 pixels (here we should point out the low resolution for the size of the screen, which will result in pixelized picture), microSD card slot, 600MHz processor (this has been achieved by overclocking it, so it is possible to have some issues and problems in heavier applications), 170MB internal storage, 1500mAh battery, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, FM radio, a-GPS and all the standard sensors – accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass.

Regarding the price, the mobile phone will be sold … for free on a 2-year contract after a 100$ rebate, which you will get in the form of a debit card. The release date was set to October 29. So if you are looking for a free entry-level Android device, head to the closest Verizon office and get your LG Vortex.

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These days T-Mobile has announced that they will enable Wi-Fi calling on their Android devices, particularly mentioning the upcoming new myTouch and Motorola Defy. Until now this feature was present only on the rest of T-Mobile’s phones and Blackberry, but now Android users will take advantage of it too. This will help users saving their free minutes and on the other hand it is very useful for areas with low or no cell coverage at all, but you have internet access.  I think that everyone  would like such a feature on his mobile phone, because most of us have wireless internet connection in their home and could make free calls using it. Let’s hope that more carriers will follow T-Mobile, because until now it is the only one who offers such services.

The other news from T-Mobile is about a new mobile phone in their lines – LG Optimus T. The device is aimed at the first-time smart phone buyers. It will be running on Android 2.2 with full integration with all Google features, including Google search, maps, voice actions, talk, gmail, calendar and so on. Optimus T features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display running at 320x480px resolution, 3.2Mp camera, microSD memory card slot (with 2GB one in the package), Wi-Fi (Unfortunately no WiFi calling), Bluetooth, GPS and a 1500mAh battery.  The devices is expected to be exclusively available for T-Mobile customers this holiday season. Yet, no information about the price.

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