Ruh roh, Sony. In retaliation to patent infringement claims Sony has made against LG, the latter is pleading with the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports of PlayStation 3 consoles, Bloomberg reports. The reason? Also related to patent infringement. According to LG's complaint, all Sony products with a Blu-ray player, including the PlayStation 3 console, infringe on four of LG's patents. Can LG really get the PS3 banned from the U.S.?
In an extremely short press release, LG confirmed plans to introduce the LG Optimus 3D at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 14. According to LG, this the first 3D smartphone in the world. That's wonderful and all, but what about 3D content? Here's what LG had to say:
"The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue --one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market -- with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device," LG said. "LG's most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing, and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere."
Phandroid posted a picture of the upcoming device courtesy of an un-named tipster. According to the tipster, the LG Optimus 3D will ship with a dual-core processor, multi-channel RAM, a front-facing camera, and a screen larger than 4 inches.
My Korean language reading skills are more than a little rusty, understandalbe since I never learned Korean in the first place. But thanks to Google Translate, I get the gist of what Korea's IT Today is reporting. Meet LG's Optimus 2X, the world's first smartphone equipped with a dual-core processor.
Equipped with Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform, the Optimus 2X "superphone" purportedly cuts through 1080p recording like a battleaxe through butter. It's currently being sold in black trim, but will soon be shipping in a white shelled version, beating Apple to the punch.
Other features include a 4-inch touchscreen display, HDMI, and Android 2.2 (a Gingerbreak upgrade is in the works). No word on when LG will port this over to North American shores, but I imagine we'll be seeing dual-core smartphones en masse by the second half of 2011.
LG is happy with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform and believes there's a lot of potential there, but the company is less than thrilled with the platform's launch.
"From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected," James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics, told Pocket-lint.com in an interview.
Despite the slow launch, LG isn't giving up on WP7 or changing its tune on the platform.
"LG has been closely collaborating with Microsoft from the beginning," Choi said. "What we feel is that it is absolutely perfect for a huge segment out there. What we feel is that some people believe that some operating systems, mainly Google, are extremely complicated for them. But Windows Phone 7 is very intuitive and easy to use."
So what's the problem? According to Choi, being a mostly high-end device is holding the platform back. He says that "once Windows Phone 7 handsets that are mid-tier to low-tier start appearing the market share will grow."
Microsoft is banking on it. As CNet amusingly points out, the long retired Windows 98 OS has a higher market share than WP7, according to Net Market Share's numbers. Windows 98 claims a scant 0.04 percent of the worldwide OS market, while WP7 sits at less than 0.010 percent.
Quick update from the floor of CES, as Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a quick peak at far and away, the thinnest television panel we've ever seen anywhere. Don't believe us? See for yourself below.
While there’s an app for everything from the weather to what to wear, we’re still stuck getting out of bed to make coffee in the morning. But – no longer! LG has finally forced the rest of the household to catch up to your computer – from the microwave and the fridge to even the closet, LG’s ThinQ line is overclocking your appliances abilities.
Straight from the showroom at CES, here's a brief look at LG's new energy saving, ThinQ washing machine. The machine will utilize a new and fully functional touch screen interface, which will allow users to monitor their daily, weekly, and monthly power usage. The machine will also communicate with the user, displaying power-saving information and making recommended wash times for the cheapest point of each day.
Cleaning has evolved! Check the video below for proof.
There's no sense in sugar coating it, and if we're being totally honest (aren't we always?), we have to admit we're a little disappointed there isn't more competition in the tablet market just yet. After talking a big game through the second half of 2010, few tablet makers have actually delivered shipping products to go toe-to-toe with Apple's iPad, while most are probably waiting for Android 3.0.
We can't say we blame them, and for Samsung and LG, this staggered launch schedule by the competition is just fine (Galaxy Tab notwithstanding). From a sales perspective, the iPad has been a resounding success, which benefits every company playing a role in producing the magical slate. According to DigiTimes, LG Display shipped 1.5 million iPad panels in November alone, edging out Samsung, which shipped 1.2 million panels in the same month.
Looking ahead, LG expects to fill orders for 35 million iPad panels in 2011. Meanwhile, Samsung predicts it will ship 15 million units in the first quarter of 2011, as will Chimei Innolux, a newcomer to the iPad supply chain.
These figures take into account both first and yet-to-be-released second generation iPad models, and if you add them all up, it comes out to 65 million Apple branded slates, a good 20 million units more than market estimates.
If you're one of the few to have a new 3D HDTV, it's about to feel a little smaller. LG has announced they will be bringing their LZ9700 3D HDTV to CES. This beast is going to be 72-inches of three-dimensional glory, making it the world's largest consumer LCD 3D TV. Not only that, but this will be an LED backlit LCD panel with local dimming. That means much better black levels in dark scenes.
The LZ9700 will also support DLNA, USB storage, and Media Link. It will also have LG's 400Hz "TruMotion" motion smoothing technology as well. We've always felt these technologies make images look almost waxy, but they can be good for high motion content. LG says in the press release the set will be on sale in early 2011, but neglected to even ballpark a price. We assume it’s going to be selling somewhere in the neighborhood of 'more money that you have'.
LG's E90 display is what happens when you give liposuction to a monitor, only you can't just chuck the extracted parts into a toxic bin like you can on the operating table. What LG did do, however, is cram all that excess fat into the base so that the display itself measures just 7.2mm thick, making the E90 LG's slimmest LED monitor to date.
"The E90 is the result of advanced technology and beautiful design coming together in perfect alignment," said Si-hwan Park, Vice President of LG's monitor division. "With its revolutionary features in terms of design and picture quality, the E90 is the leading example of the company's 'Super LED' monitor line that is setting new benchmarks for style and performance."
The E90 consists of a 21.5-inch widescreen panel with a 1920x1080 resolution and a 2ms response time. The power supply and connectivity options (S-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI) take residence in the stand. As a package, LG says the E90 consumes up to 40 percent less power than a typical CCFL-backlit LCD monitor.