LG Showcases Its 2013 Product Line at LG Tech Show

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Samsung and LG Announce World’s First Curved OLED TVs

We have been seeing lots of new and exciting televisions in this year’s CES, and the competition is extremely stiff. On Tuesday, Sony’s reveal of the world’s largest OLED 4K TV was matched by Panasonic within hours. Yesterday, we saw the same scenario playing out with Samsung and LG.

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Samsung was the first off the block, with its “world’s first curved OLED TV” announcement. The massive display measures in at 55-inches, and has a curved texture that Samsung reps termed as “IMAX feel”. Being a OLED, the display is expected to offer fantastic color reproduction and crisp and vivid images.The curved OLED is scheduled to be released during the second half of the year. However, other than that, we know precious little about Samsung’s gorgeous new display.

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Soon after Samsung’s announcement, LG announced its own 55” curved OLED TV. The LG EA9800 promises the same panoramic, immersive viewing experience as Samsung; however, it will also be capable of displaying 3D content. Once again, LG didn’t reveal any specifications or release information. However, given the epic rivalry between the two Korean giants, it’s reasonable to guess that LG’s display will hit the markets round about the same time as Samsung’s curved OLED.

More 4K TVs and a 4K Windows 8 Tablet

After dominating discussions on day 0 of CES, 4K continued to be a buzzword on day 1. Panasonic stole the show with its 56-inch 4K OLED TV, which promised rich vibrant colors that we have come to expect from OLED displays on a large form factor with an insanely high resolution. The 56-inch beauty is also stunning to look at, measuring in at less than 0.5 inch thick. Unfortunately, much like its competitor Sony’s offering, Panasonic’s 4K OLED is still in prototype stages. Panasonic refused to divulge either price or release date. However, Panasonic did reveal that, somewhat curiously, it is using 3D printing technology in the manufacture of the displays.

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The other 4K entry from Panasonic was a tablet. At 20-inches, Panasonic’s tablet doesn’t quite fit within Steve Jobs post-PC vision; however, Panasonic has shown before that it is comfortable operating in niche markets that other manufacturers often ignore. The gigantic tablet is meant for artists and designers, for whom the big display with extra-high resolution will really make a difference. Once again, we don’t have a release date or price tag for the product. However, we do know that the Panasonic tablet will be powered by an Intel Core i5, run Windows 8, and ship with a stylus and some sort of a cloud based collaboration tool. The battery is expected to last about a couple of hours.

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LG, which was among the first to introduce 4K displays, is demoing the previously announced 55-inch and 65-inch 4K televisions for the first time. Again, we don’t have any information on availability and cost. However, I would be really surprised if LG takes more than a few weeks to launch its new TVs.

[ Images via CNET ]

LG Launches 84-inch Ultra High Definition 3D TV in India

LG Electronics India launched its new 84-inch 3D TV in the country at the Stuff Gadget Show being held in Mumbai. The gigantic SmartTV flaunts a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), and sports the same bunch of cutting edge features that has made LG a leader in the 3D space.

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LG is not the first to release a 4K TV; however, it is the world’s first to offer an 84 inch 3D television with a 4K display resolution. The enhanced resolution means that pixels are barely discernable even when viewed from a close distance. LG’s latest offering sports all of the swanky new features we saw in the previously released 2012 range of LG 3D TVs. This includes dual-play, smartshare plus, 2D to 3D conversion, and magic remote. Check out our previous coverage for a more in-depth look at each of these features.

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LG utilizes polarized passive glasses for its 3D technology. This has enabled it to overcome one of the biggest pain points of 3D – picture quality. Even with the glasses, color reproduction and contrast is excellent. During my brief hands-on time, I didn’t notice any significant display artifacts. Viewing angles were also pretty good. In brief, when it comes to picture quality, LG’s 3D TV offers very little room for complaint. However, 3D viewing on the larger screen did appear to be more stressful for the eyes.

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The biggest problem with an 84-inch 4k display is not something that LG can control – the lack of source material. HD content is rare, but Ultra HD is almost impossible to get. As far as I know, DTH service providers in India only offer 720p or 1080p streams. Presumably, LG will leverage the dual-core processor powering its 84-inch monster to upscale the content. However, I couldn’t test how well this works, since LG was not demoing any live television streams. One also has to wonder how well a 720p or 1080p 3D content will look on a display this big. However, these are the prices one has to pay for staying on the cutting-edge, and this beast from LG is certainly cutting-edge.

LG 84LM9600 will be available in select stores in the metros, and is being released with a MRP of Rs. 17,00,000. However, I am told that you should be able to pick it up for something in the range of fourteen to fifteen lakhs.

LG Cinema 3D 2012 – Indian Launch Dates and Prices

LG will be launching its Cinema 3D range (3D LED, 3D Ultra Slim LED, 3D Home Theater systems, 3D Blu-ray players and the futuristic 3D OLED TV) in India over the coming months. We have already explored the major new features of the 2012 range of Cinema 3D products. Check out our earlier coverage for a hands-on first impression, if you haven’t already. Listed below are the Cinema 3D LED TV models that LG will be launching along with their launch date, price, and major features.

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LG Cinema 3D 72LM9500
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, MCI 1000 (Motion Clarity Index), Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Smart Share Plus, 2nd Display, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 700,000

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LG Cinema 3D 55LM8600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, 2nd Display, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 265,000

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LG Cinema 3D 55LM7600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 201,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM7600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 144,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM7600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 110,000

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LG Cinema 3D 55LM6700
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 174,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6700
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 124,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6700
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 102,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6690
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 124,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6690
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 102,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6400
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 114,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6400
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 95,000

LG Cinema 3D 32LM6400
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 59,000

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LG Cinema 3D 65LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 400,000

LG Cinema 3D 55LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 165,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 104,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 87,000

LG Cinema 3D 32LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 55,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM3410
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 100, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 70,000

LG Cinema 3D 32LM3410
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 100, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 46,000

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LG Introduces Cinema 3D Smart TVs in India

LG Electronics India Limited (LGEIL), which is the current 3D TV leader in India with about half the market share, is gearing up to launch its new 2012 series of Cinema 3D Smart TVs. Mr. Soon Kwon, MD of LEGIL, heralded the 2012 lineup as “a significant step forward, thanks to a series of new and upgraded 3D features”.

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LG Cinema 3D 72LM9500

There are three principle techniques employed by 3D TVs to provide a perception of depth. They are – Shutter, Color Anaglyph, and Polarized. While the latter two are called as passive 3D, the former is dubbed as active. 3D TVs from the likes of Samsung and Sony fall into the first category. These TVs essentially use glasses that are synced with the TV and have a shutter that alternately opens and closes to deliver different frames to different eyes. The problem with this technique is that the glasses require batteries as well as an infra-red sensor to be able communicate with the TV set. This makes them both heavy and expensive. This technique also reduces the effective refresh rate of the TV. Anaglyph 3D content has two differently filtered colored images, one for each eye. The glasses are specially tinted to allow only one image and block the other. Thus, each eye receives a different image. Anaglyph glasses don’t have any complicated circuitry, and hence are lighter and cheaper. The disadvantage of Anaglyph is that due to the tinting, the viewer often gets a dimmer image with poor contrast and color reproduction. Moreover, since both the images are delivered at the same time, there is a possibility of artifacts being present. Polarized 3D TVs work in a similar fashion; however, instead of altering the color, it alters the frequency of the image. Polarized glasses are expected to alleviate contrast and color reproduction issues; however, it still can suffer from the presence of artifacts.

LG’s Cinema 3D display uses polarization technique (they prefer to call it Film Type Patterned Retarder 3D or FPR). As a result, LG Cinema 3D is able to deliver full 240 Hz refresh rate, which on paper means that you shouldn’t observe any flickering. The glasses are also super light (15 grams) and extremely comfortable. For folks with spectacles, there is a clip-on lens that’s even thinner and lighter.

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LG Cinema 3D FPR Glasses
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LG Cinema 3D FPR Clip-On Glasses

Now that we understand how LG’s Cinema 3D works, let’s have a look at some of the new features it will be introducing in its 2012 line-up.

Cinema Screen: In its LED 3D TVs, LG has managed to trim the bezel down to a phenomenal 1 mm. Thus, the actual display almost extends from edge to edge. LG is calling this Cinema Screen, since it believes that the new design will facilitate a seamless and immersive viewing experience à la the big screen.

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LG Cinema 3D LM8600 with Cinema Screen

2D to 3D Conversion: 3D content is still pretty rare in the market. In order to tackle this problem, LG developed an algorithm to convert 2D content into 3D on the fly. The new models will feature an improved 6-step algorithm that should offer better 3D viewing experience.

Dual Play: Last year, we saw Sony allowing gamers to play PS3 games against each other on the same television screen by using special glasses. Now, LG is following suit with Dual Play for Xbox. As discussed earlier, 3D TV essentially works by displaying two different images to two different eyes. Somewhat similarly, dual play works by displaying two different images to two different players.

Magic Remote: LG has enhanced its remote by adding gesture support and a scroll wheel to it. The latter is particularly handy while surfing the web, while the former makes issuing complex command simple.

Smart Share Plus: While most current generation TVs come with DLNA for displaying multimedia content from mobile phones, tablets, and PCs on the big screen, LG has added support for a host of new technologies to differentiate itself. MHL (Mobile HD Link) allows compatible smartphones to be connected to the TV through micro HDMI to play HD content on the big screen. WiDi (Intel’s Wireless Display) enables fast and easy connection between TVs and Laptops without any wires or internet network. Wi-Fi Screen Share enables the content on the TV screen to be shared with multiple devices including smart phones and tablets. And finally, 2nd Display enables you to watch TV programs or Blu-ray content on your smartphone or your tablet PC, even if that content is not being displayed on your TV. So, you can watch a cricket match on your tablet, while your mom is watching her favorite soap on the television. This feature will not be present out of the box, but will be made available by mid-2012 through an automatic software update.

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LG Cinema 3D in Action

So, the LG Cinema 3D displays are packed to the brim with fun and useful features. However, how does it perform in real life? Earlier this week, I got a brief opportunity to check out the new displays in action, and the good news is that when it comes to picture quality, LG’s offerings perform mostly as advertised. Brightness, contrast and color reproduction, which have been some of the major caveats of 3D TVs, are excellent. Flickering also didn’t rear its ugly head. However, I can’t vouch if LG has managed to address the headache issue, without using the 3D displays for prolonged periods. The 2D to 3D conversion is quite neat and adds a perceivable amount of depth to existing content. However, I didn’t get a chance to check out the 3D conversion algorithm in action on a live stream. LG only had a music video for demonstration purposes. I am told that the effectiveness of the conversion process is heavily dependent on the quality of the source material. LG allows the user to control the intensiveness of the 3D effect. As you move the slider towards the right, depth of the picture increases; however, so does the amount of observable interlacing. Presets are available to help you tune the conversion settings according to the content that you are watching.