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Mobile Updates of the Week 40
1 LG phone – 2 selfie cameras, 2 screens
LG renames its flagship smartphone series to V10 . And it is unlike any other smartphone you would have seen. It is made from macho stainless steel and sports beastly specs of a Snapdragon 808 processor, 5.7 inch display with 2560*1440 resolution, 4GB RAM and a gigantic 3,000 mAh battery.
Ok, those impressive specs come to nothing when you actually find out LG has gone that extra mile to give you some more…, huh, extra. The V10 comes with 2 screens, 1 screen overlaid on top of the other. You might wonder why? It is designed to be always ON, and shows you weather, time, battery life, app shortcuts and notifications even when the screen is off!
And unlike other smartphones, this one comes with two front cameras. The idea is the 2 selfie cameras will be better than a wide-angle lens that ends up giving that fish-bowl effect at the edges. And yes, the phone can engage all 3 cameras on the V10 to create a Multi-view recording. My guess is, the next version could just end up capturing a full 360 degree view. It also has a Manual video recording that could be pretty useful when you have a smartphone that can shoot 4K videos, so you can now control Shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus. Movies can also be recorded in a cinematic 21:9 ratio.
Samsung Gear S2 available from 2 October 2015
We all loved the round smartwatches from Moto 360, the Gear S2 is Samsung’s first round smartwatch. And it works with other Android phones unlike the predecessor which only worked with a Samsung phone. It interestingly is powered by Samsung’s propriety software, the Tizen.
The pricing for the Gear S2 is in-line with Moto 360, which also starts at $299.99. The Gear S2 is a stunningly beautiful watch, but Samsung does not do well in showcasing the watch’s attractiveness on the official webpage.
It has a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, with an impressive 302ppi count from the 360 x 360 resolution. There is IP68 dust and water resistant, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, powered by a dual-core 1GHz Exynos processor. Samsung promises 2-3 days of battery life from the 300mAh power pack. The list of sensors is loaded, there’s an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a heart rate monitor, an ambient light reader and a barometer.
LG Watch Urbane – 2nd Generation
The new LG Watch Urbane packs a lot of features with a 1.38-inch P-OLED display with a screen resolution of 480×480 pixels resulting in a density of 348ppi. That makes it better than any other smartphone display available currently in the market! The impressive Gear S2 with 302 ppi is not very close.
The second-generation Watch Urbane also features a battery of 570mAh and also boasts of a Power Saving Mode.
If the battery and display specs seem to blow away the Samsung Gear S2, LG seems to have stored some more specs on the wrist wonder. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 4GB inbuilt storage and 768MB of LPDDR3 RAM. The smartwatch supports Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, LTE, and 3G connectivity features. It includes accelerometer, gyro, compass, and barometer sensors.
If you didn’t notice, the smartwatch is the first one to have LTE connectivity. And it comes with IP67 dust and water resistance.
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