Despite the buzz behind the LG enV3 and the enV Touch, LG will also release a lesser known model for Verizon this summer, called the LG Glance, according to Phone Arena. It's a basic 1.3-megapixel camera phone in a candybar form factor, and looks like a pretty low-end handset. Apparently it'll also be available with a rather gaudy gold braiding on the back. Word is that it'll be released June 5, right alongside the enV Touch for $49.99 with a $50 rebate and a two-year service agreement.
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Though summer is always a busy time for new cell phones releases, so far the summer of 2009 is shaping up to be a doozy. We expect a full load of new handsets over the next three months with June being an especially hectic time for high-profile models. To help you keep track of the news, here's a handy list.
Palm Pre After months of waiting (and plenty of rumors), we finally learned today that the Palm Pre will go on sale Saturday, June 6 for $200. Palm pushed its "first half of the year" deadline to the very end, but it appears they'll make it.
We're hoping to have a review unit by the time it hits stores so that we can give you the full scoop on this much-anticipated device. Indeed, we're very excited to finally be able to touch it. June 6 was a bit unexpected since Sprint typically releases new devices on a Sunday. But the date does give Palm a two-day jump on what should be the next incarnation of the iPhone. … Read more
Someone has apparently tipped off Engadget Mobile that the LG EnV Touch might launch on June 5. Slated as the much-awaited Voyager replacement, the EnV Touch has a 3-inch touch screen on the front, a 3-inch internal screen, a full QWERTY keyboard on the inside, plus a few multimedia features like a 3.2-megapixel camera, a full HTML browser, EV-DO, and more.
The EnV Touch will supposedly sell for $219.99 with a two-year … Read more
We hate to say anything is confirmed until we get the official press release, but it certainly looks probable that the LG EnV3 will be released May 29, according to the Boy Genius Report.
As we mentioned before, the EnV3 will sport a 2.6-inch internal display, a 1.5-inch external display, a QWERTY keyboard, a 3.0-megapixel camera with flash and video recording, a music player, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, GPS, HTML Web browser, and EV-DO. It'll be around the same size as the LG EnV2, and will measure 4.11 inches tall by 2.13 inches … Read more
The rumors of a new LG enV3 and a LG enV Touch are becoming hot and heavy now, especially with these new leaked pictures on Phone Arena. The LG enV3 is, as expected, the successor to the LG enV2 messaging phone from Verizon Wireless. The enV3 will have a 3.0-megapixel camera, an LED flash, a QWERTY keyboard, a larger external display, stereo speakers, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot.
This column has been updated with a correction. See details below.
Everywhere I turn, someone is talking about the death of plasma technology in HDTVs. They contend that since Pioneer dropped out of the plasma production market, it's only a matter of time before the few companies left in the plasma business admit defeat and stick to liquid crystal displays (LCDs).
South Korea's LG disagrees. Speaking in an interview with HDguru.com published this week, LG Electronics USA's director of product development, Tim Alessi, told the publication that assertions that the plasma TV market is almost dead are, well, dead wrong.
"Plasma will continue to be a viable technology for flat-panel displays in the near- to midterm future," Alessi told HD Guru. "Plasma continues to be the technology of choice for home theater enthusiasts, sports fans, and consumers desiring a larger screen size. In 2009, we estimate that plasma will account for more than 40 percent of the 50-inch and larger-screen-size sales. That unit volume will probably continue for at least the next three to four years."
Correction 5/18: Gracenote was incorrectly listed as a partner of Shazam.
Earlier this week, a company called Tune Hunter accused music-finding service Shazam as well as a host of consumer electronics makers, wireless service operators, and digital music retailers of infringing on its patent on a music identification system.
Shazam is named along with Samsung, Apple, Amazon.com, Napster, Motorola, Gracenote, Verizon Wireless, LG Electronics, AT&T Mobility, and Pantech Wireless in a suit filed Tuesday over U.S. Patent No. 6,941,275, which was issued to Remi Swierczek/Tune Hunter in September 2005. The suit accuses … Read more
Europeans, rejoice! LG has confirmed that it will be shipping the highly anticipated successor to the LG Viewty (Which we took a closer look at last year's CES), the LG Viewty Smart, later this month. It sports an even better camera than before, with up to ISO 1,600, an "intelligent shot mode" that will automatically adjust camera settings depending on the scene. It retains the same settings as on the original Viewty, like face detection, panorama shot, beauty shot, and so on.
Even more interesting is that LG has announced plans for a 12-megapixel camera phone … Read more