In a three day LG Tech Show in New Delhi, LG showcased its product line for 2013. Most of the products featured in the event had already been announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but were making their first appearances in India. LG Electronics India is targeting an overall growth of 20% in 2013. “As India is a strategic market for LG, we strive to introduce Global flagship products as well as India Insight products, designed especially for the Indian market”, noted Mr. Soon Kwon, the Managing Director of LG Electronics India. Over the years, LG’s home appliances arm has been a strong performer thanks to its dominance in key segments like washing machines and refrigerators. However, LG has languished behind its South Korean rival Samsung, when it comes to the crucial smartphone market.
LG showcased more than seventy products spread across all its business’. Some of the main attractions were:
LG Optimus G Pro: LG will be launching its next flagship, the Optimus G Pro, in the second half of the year (July-August). I recently reviewed its predecessor, the Optimus G, and found it to be easily among the best handsets available in the Indian market. The Optimus G Pro boasts of a powerful Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, and bumps up the screen to 5.5 inches with full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels). The Pro also manages to pack in a 3,140 mAh battery within its slender body. While exact pricing will be announced later, the LG Optimus G Pro is expected to cost around Rs. 40,000 in India.
LG 55 inch OLED TV: The 55EM970V, which was one of the stars at the MWC, will also be launched in India towards the second half of the year. LG’s new 55 inch OLED display pushes the boundaries of what you expect from a HDTV. With a thickness of just 4mm it’s practically invisible from the sides, and weights only 10 kgs. LG’s first OLED 3D TV offers stunningly crisp, vibrant and detailed images with perfect viewing angles. This beauty is not expected to come in cheap, but will make you the envy of your friends.
LG Pocket Photo: LG seemed rather bullish about the prospects of a new premium product called Pocket Photo (PD233). The extremely portable printer is only 5.1 cm wide and 7.6 cm long. It supports NFC and Bluetooth and can wirelessly print photos from Android and iOS devices. It employs employs inkless printing technology from ZINK, which uses heat to activate the color-forming chemistry within the ZINK 2.0 paper. LG claims that ZINK’s inkless printing system produces photos that last longer and don’t smear. The portable photo printer will be launched in India within a couple of weeks, and cost about Rs. 12,000.
LG Windows 8 PCs: LG will be launching Windows 8 powered convertible PCs in Q3. The products on display were LG Tab-Book (H160) and LG Ultrabook (Z360). . The LG Tab-Book is a compact, 11.6-inch convertible, which boasts of 10 hours of battery life, is 15.9mm thick, and weighs in at 1.05Kg. The Z360 Ultrabook from LG is an ultrabook with a 1080p IPS display, and will be powered by 4th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors. The H160 will cost about Rs. 50,000, while the Z360 will cost somewhere in the north of Rs. 60,000. Curiously, LG is skipping Windows RT, and has no plans to launch a cheaper, ARM powered Windows tablet.
LG X-Boom: LG X-Boom (CM9730) takes a cue out of classic boom boxes, and offers a shocking 2300W RMS and 25000W PMPO. The X-Boom will appeal to the section of the Indian youth that loves loud music and wants to party at home. The gigantic speakers are loud enough to make you go deaf, and offers killer bass. The CM9730 also has a few interesting features including a Smart DJ, LED lightning, playlists, and wireless audio streaming. Smart DJ automatically mixes music using various commonly used effects, while LED lights act as beats visualizer. Although X-Boom sounds pretty decent, it won’t satisfy audiophiles.
LG Song Star: LG Song Star is a karaoke machine with over 4000+ songs in 9 languages including English, Hindi and regional, spread across genres like classic, rock, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. Song Star also features Echo Key Control and Tempo control to add an extra flair to your singing. You get real-time score rating for your singing, and have the option of recording your songs and creating group competitions. It will be available in two variants – the NK230 will come with a Wired Mic, and the NK330 will have a Wired Mic and an additional Wireless sub-Mic.
Other products demoed include LG All in One PC with 10 finger multitouch and 3D display, mouse with scanner, refrigerators with Evercool technology, automatic vacuum cleaners called Home-Bot, and air conditioners with InverterV technology.