LG UltraFine 5K Display to Get Extra Shielding to Ensure It Can Work Around Routers

LG has redesigned its UltraFine 5K Display in order to fix the issue that was causing the display to flicker, black out, and even freeze the connected computer when a Wi-Fi router is kept too close to it. Even though the display worked fine with the router kept at a distance of 2 metres or more, it started causing the aforementioned issues when kept closer.

LG UltraFine 5K Display to Get Extra Shielding to Ensure It Can Work Around Routers

“LG apologises for this inconvenience and is committed to delivering the best quality products possible so all LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K displays manufactured after February 2017 will be fitted with enhanced shielding,” the company said in an email to Recode.

As for owners of the monitor, LG says existing UltraFine 5K Displays can be retrofit with the enhanced shielding.

Apple first showcased LG’s UltraFine 5K Display monitor when the company launched its new range of MacBooks last year in October and claimed that the display worked great in sync with its new laptop lineup. Even though the user manual for the monitor does warn the users that display should be installed “where no Electromagnetic Interference occurs,” it did not specify anything about routers.

A reviewer previously said that the amount of flickering on the monitor depends on the amount of Wi-Fi traffic going through the WAP. An LG customer care executive also confirmed that the issue was limited to the LG 5K monitors and does not show up on other displays in its portfolio.

The 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display, as the name suggests, comes with a screen resolution of 2880×5120 pixels, sports an IPS panel, and has been priced by the company at $1,300 (roughly Rs. 87,500).

Apart from the impressive screen resolution, the LG UltraFine 5K Display comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port and three regular USB Type-C ports. The Thunderbolt 3 cable, which comes with the display, is capable of not just displaying the content from MacBook Pro to the screen, but also charging the laptop simultaneously with 85W of charging power. The display comes with inbuilt stereo speakers, camera, and microphone to provide extra utility options to the user.

LG Magna mid-range Lollipop smartphone lands in India

The LG Magna is the second device from the company’s new affordable smartphone series to reach India and the phone carries a price of Rs 16500. For that amount, you’d expect a top-tier mid-range phone which is exactly what the handset in question is not and that’s a big concern.

 The LG Magna offers basic hardware, but it does have a couple of upsides. Firstly, the phone is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and is also accompanied by many enhancements exclusive from the company. Then there’s a 2540mAh battery onboard too, which should be more than capable of delivering an entire day’s worth of heavy usage.

LG Magna

The LG smartphone is also decently designed as it flaunts the same premium form factor as last year’s flagship. Also, the company has added a gentle curve to the phone’s body for a more unique look. On the front, there’s a 5MP selfie shooter and a 5-inch 720p HD IPS LCD touchscreen. The rear, on the other hand, has the volume keys and an 8MP camera with an LED flash.

The Magna isn’t all that impressive on the inside. It has a 1.3GHz quad core processor delivering the steam and memory needs are taken care of by 1GB RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. The phone skips on dual SIM support, but offers HSPA+ connectivity. It’s bundled with a Quick Circle Cover for free.

LG Magna specs at a glance:

– 1GB RAM, 8GB storage
– Android 5.0 Lollipop
– 1.3GHz quad core processor
– 5-inch 720p HD display
– Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, HSPA+
– 2540mAh battery
– 5MP selfie camera, 8MP main shooter

The LG Magna is so far listed on the company’s website with no word of availability.

3G version of the LG G Pad 8.0 also hits India

The LG G Pad 8.0 with 3G connectivity is soon to be made available for purchase in India as the device has been officially listed on the company’s website. A price of Rs 21000 has also been affixed to the slate, but there’s still no word on when it will be put up for grabs.

 The LG G Pad 8.0 isn’t really a new tablet. Its Wi-Fi version has been on sale in India since last month and the device was originally launched almost a year back. So basically, it’s quite late to the market and also selling for more than what you’d expect. The addition of 3G connectivity makes the device more versatile, but you will not be able to use it for making voice calls.

LG G Pad 8.0

The main purpose for cellular support is for data use only. Nevertheless, you can still connect the LG device to a smartphone via QPair 2.0 and not only make and receive calls, but also send text messages and more. The tablet even features Knock Code for better security and Dual Windows for running two applications simultaneously in a split-screen interface.

The G Pad 8.0 also has various other enhancements from the company with Android 4.4 KitKat. Coming to the hardware, the device features an 8-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor. A 2MP camera can be found on the front, while a 5MP snapper is placed on the rear.

LG G Pad 8.0 specs:

– 8-inch 1280 x 720 pixel LCD
– 1.2GHz quad core processor
– 8GB storage, 32GB expandable
– 2MP front camera, 5MP rear imager
– 4100mAh battery

We’re likely to see the LG G Pad 8.0 with 3G hit stores in the coming days.

LG G Flex 2 launched in India

After showcasing the LG G Flex 2 in India back in March, the company has finally made the smartphone available for purchase. The device is a flagship release and it’s also a premium option on the market which is mainly why it carries a price tag of Rs 54999.

 The handset’s retail tag is certainly high, but it does justify the amount through some great features. Like the Galaxy S6 Edge, the LG G Flex 2 offers a curved design. However, the phone bends in the center and not at its sides like in the former device. And as the name indicates, it’s also a bit flexible.

LG G Flex 2

The curved display has a 700mm radius and is 5.5 inches wide with 1080p visuals. Also, LGhas used the P-OLED panel which is more durable. Speaking of ruggedness, the same self-healing technology which was found on the previous G Flex release has also been implemented here to magically remove small scratches from the rear panel. Speaking of which, the backdoor now flaunts a spin hairline texture finish.

The G Flex 2 is the most powerful smartphone from the company with the 2GHz octa core Snapdragon 810 SOC delivering the steam. The recently launched G4 flagship offers a slightly slower Snapdragon 808 hexa core chipset. Additionally, the phone comes with Android Lollipop and offers 16GB or 32GB of storage. For now, only the former option is being offered in the country.

LG G Flex 2 specs at a glance:

– 5.5-inch curved P-OLED FHD display
– 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
– 2GHz octa core Snapdragon 810 processor
– Android 5.0 Lollipop
– 2.1MP front camera, 13MP rear shooter
– 3000mAh battery

As mentioned above, the LG G Flex 2 is already available in India.

LG Profit Sinks as Smartphone Business Suffers Loss

LG Electronics said Thursday its mobile communications division suffered its first operating loss in more than a year, dragging down the company’s overall earnings for the third quarter.

The mobile business lost KRW 77.6 billion (roughly Rs. 443 crores) for the July-September quarter. The South Korean company’s overall net income sank 48 percent over a year earlier to KRW 83.7 billion, far below the KRW 146.5 billion forecast in survey of analyst by financial data provider FactSet.

LG said it shipped 15 million smartphones during the quarter but its smartphones could not command high prices. The company said its mobile business will likely improve its performance during the current quarter as it began sales of the LG V10 smartphone and the Nexus 5X smartphone.

LG’s TV business turned profitable for the first time in three quarters.

Its home appliance business, which makes washing machines and refrigerators, contributed more than 80 percent of overall profit.

Sales fell 5 percent to KRW 14 trillion. Operating profit slumped 37 percent to KRW 294 billion.

LG Top OEM for Issuing Security Patches to Its Android Devices

In the light of the recent Stagefright vulnerabilities for Android, a report states that out of all the OEMsLG is best at offering security updates for its devices. The University of Cambridge, UK has released a research paper defining FUM (Free Update Mean) scores, based on which different OEMs including LG have been ranked.

As per the researchers, FUM scores include three segments – the proportion of devices free from vulnerabilities over time, the proportion of devices that run the updated version of Android, and the mean number of vulnerabilities the manufacturer has not fixed on the device.

Based on FUM scores published at Android Vulnerabilities website, LG is on top with the score of 4.0, followed by Motorola (3.1), Samsung (2.7), Sony (2.5), HTC (2.5), Asus (2.4), Alps (0.7), and worst being Symphony and Walton at 0.3. While this was for OEMs, Google’s own Nexus devices remain ahead of the game at 5.2 FUM score.

The University of Cambridge research paper however, has added that about 87 percent of all the Android smartphones are exposed to at least one of the known vulnerabilities. The average Android smartphone receives 1.26 security updates each year, something which contradicts the per month update OEMs promised couple of months ago when the Stagefright vulnerability came into spotlight – of course, with the more frequent rollout promised, this may change soon.

The study also puts the recent comment made by the HTC USA President Jason Mackenzie in new light. Mackenzie last week tweeted that pushing out monthly security updates to all the HTC smartphones is ‘unrealistic’.

For those unaware, LG, Google and Samsung in August promised monthly updates to fix the Stagefright vulnerability in all their smartphones. Sony, Motorola, and OnePlus and other companies have also rolled out updates.

While the companies are still rolling out the Stagefright vulnerability fix to devices, security experts earlier this month found a new Stagefright 2.0 vulnerability as well. The newer version of the bug can also affect devices running OS versions below Android 5.1 Lollipop. Unlike the previous Stagefright bug, the Stagefright 2.0 can enter any device in the form of mp3 or mp4 file instead of a MMS text.