Remember all the recent reports saying that while the iPhone 7 won’t have an OLED display, it’s likely that Apple will come out with an OLED iPhone by 2018? Now, there’s one more hint that Apple’s iPhone is about to go OLED when it comes to screen technology: LG confirmed that it will invest no less than $8.4 billion in a new OLED plant that seems to suggest the Korean giant is preparing for a big boost in demand for OLED displays.
Those canny folk over at Big Red have stolen a march on Black Friday by coming up with Vodafone Red Thursday… to cut a longish story short, Vodafone Red Thursday – today – is offering some pretty neat deals. They’re starting today, but there are more to come over the Black Friday Weekend. which they haven’t yet released what they might be yet over on their Black Friday site.
The things you need to know:
- Today’s offers may not be tomorrow’s offers, and they might not be the same offers available over the weekend.
- At time of writing this, today’s offers are only available for the next eight hours or so. If you like the offer, grab it. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
- There are three sets of offers – for pay monthly, pay as you go, and tablets. Choose which you’re interested in to see if anything takes your fancy.
Pay monthly – today there’s only the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (not the plus variant). Vodafone has a savings of £240 on the handset, and for £29 a month and a £9 upfront. For that money, you gets the 32GB version, with a plan that gives you 1000 UK minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data (although it’s 4G/LTE) on a 24-month plan. You have four colours of handset to choose from, with black, gold, green and white being your options. Interestingly, there are slots for two more phones, so what they might be filled with is anyone’s guess.
For those who choose to buy their phone outright, the Pay as you go section gives you the solitary option for the LG G4 with the red leather covers. This comes in at £299, down from £425 and giving you a saving of £126. Not bad at all, and brings a 2015 flagship way down into upper-midrange prices.
The tablet section continues the theme with just the one offer of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (I do not make these names up). This is £37 a month, with no down-payment, and 10GB of 4G/LTE data. Again, this is a standard 24-month plan and the tablet comes in both gold and white.
You now have just under 8 hours and change to go.
source: Vodafone Black Friday site.
LG Display, which supplies Apple with flexible OLED screens for the Apple Watch and LCD panels for other gadgets, is reportedly building a brand new facility that will significantly increase its OLED panel production as the firm looks to meet expected market demand as of 2017 onwards, according to a report from Korea’s Digital Times cited by DigiTimes.
The new plant will cost north of $4 billion to build, with assembly lines expected to start churning out OLED panels for smartphones, tablets and TVs sometime between 2017-2018.... Read the rest of this post here
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You might not be terribly excited about mobile payments, but there's a reason why there are so many out there, including Apple Pay, Android Pay and, yep, Samsung Pay. All of those companies get a cut of every user purchase, which can add up to a lot of much-needed extra revenue. So it's not terribly surprising that LG has launched a mobile payment system of its own called (wait for it) LG Pay. The company didn't provide a lot of details, other than saying it will only be available in Korea for now. However, LG promised Techcrunch it would reveal more in the "coming weeks," so it may have plans to launch the service in other markets later on.
I’ve been in bed for two days straight with a serious case of man flu. It’s a burden us men have to bear, but we plod on without moaning about it, despite the lack of sympathy. There I sat, in bed, trying to fight the dreaded man flu and faffing about on the phone. It ended up with me eyeing up lots of phones that we can’t afford right now, but I figured you guys would appreciate.
Remember the LG G Glex2 deal from last month? It was down to £214.99 at the time, and I very nearly replaced my LG G3 with it. Now, however, Expansys have knocked it down again. It’s only another fiver off, but you can’t knock that can you? Tumbling from £459, it’s now £209.99 with free delivery. Plus it’s unlocked.
As usual, if you want to know more about the phone before you buy it, have a read of our LG G Flex2 review before you buy.
To save my fingers, here’s a timeline from Expansys showing the kit they’re selling off as part of Black Friday..
Walmart is known for its heavily discounted goods, and in another display of price-slashing has just announced that it will sell two Android smartphones for $10 each. Prior to this offer, the cheapest smartphone on the market was the $35 Firefox OS phone. Wondering what you get for $10? Well, not a whole lot. Both TracFone LG handsets (the Sunrise L15G and Lucky LG16) offer low-grade specs and old software, running Android 4.4 KitKat, the version released two years ago. However for that price, you shouldn't expect them to run Marshmallow. You also get WiFi, but no 4G and no front-facing camera which means it's going to be a lot harder to take a selfie. On the plus side, the phones support a microSD card which means you can ramp up the measly 4GB of storage. With all that said, there's no clear difference between the two models as all the specs and software are the same. However, if you want a bare-bones yet functional smartphone for less than the price of dinner, we're sure you know where to find a Walmart.
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Source: Ars Technica
Your next (or first) Android wearable needs not for Bluetooth or Wifi. Android Wear's cellular support has finally arrived, just as the first compatible watch starts to ship. LG's Watch Urbane 2nd Edition crams an LTE radio beneath its circular 480 x 480 screen, with models that'll work on AT&T and Verizon — carriers that are both selling the watch in the US this week.
If you've wanted a smartwatch that could take its own calls without having to use a separate phone number, relief is in sight... as long as you're willing to subscribe to AT&T, anyway. The carrier has revealed that it will start taking orders for its first two NumberSync-capable smartwatches, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition (above) and Samsung Gear S2, on November 6th. The LTE-equipped LG watch will ship first, arriving in stores on November 13th for either $15 per month (on a 20-month plan) or $200 on a contract. The 3G-based Gear S2 will cost you the same amount when it arrives a week later, on November 20th. You'll still have to tack on $10 per month to your shared data plan to get either watch online, but that could be worth it if you no longer have to worry about missing conversations when you leave your phone at home.
If you were under any doubt that companies will struggle to make a profit from the smartphone business, you won't after today. LG has updated its financial results to reveal that the firm's mobile division lost $67.8 million in the last three months. That's in sharp contrast to the previous quarter, where the company could boast of squeaking a 1.2 cent profit from every handset that it sold. LG believes that the recent launches of both the Nexus 5X and V10 smartphones will help to wash away some of that pain. If executives were looking for reassurance, they'll get it from Sony which also posted its updated financial results today. The rival mega-conglomerate conceded that its own mobile division is losing $1.9 million every single day -- ouch.
Oh now, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. Yet another great deal on what is a very good smartphone. This one is from LG, and it’s the curved G2.
This is a handset that was £459, but they’re now knocking it out for just
£214.99 at Expansys.
We’ve got a full review of the LG G Flex2 here, so dive in before you part with your hard earned cash. I call it a bendy LG G3, because it looks very much like that, but this has a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core CPU, a 1080×1920 pixel 5.5? screen, Android 5.0.1, a 13 megapixel laser-focus rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front shooter, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card. There is also Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, GPS and 4G connectivity.
Again, if you work this out over two years to see how much you could save, it’s like paying £8.96 per month just for a handset. Add a SIM-only deal onto this, sell your old phone to us, and you could grab yourself a proper bargain.