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LG Velvet test of the 5G smartphone with Dual Screen 2

LG Velvet, the test of the 5G smartphone with Dual Screen

The new device from the Korean house is light, elegant and offers features absent from competitors. The dual screen case is interesting, but there are still few compatible apps

An increasing number of manufacturers are rediscovering the attraction of the mid-range smartphone market, with prices hovering around € 600. The reason is simple: in a neighborhood of this price, products of already very high quality can be offered, with characteristics that bring them closer to premium models, with few compromises. Devices in which design remains at the center, and in which the average consumer finds everything he needs.

LG Velvet test of the 5G smartphone with Dual Screen

The merit, from a technical point of view, is of Qualcomm’s 765G chipset: it offers high-level performance, equal to that of a flagship smartphone of about a year ago, it is 5G enabled with the integrated X52 modem, it manages to manage 4K video and other advanced functions related to artificial intelligence, all at a price that leaves producers with a good operating margin without having to aim for the thousand euro range.

The charge of the “765G” also includes the new Velvet smartphone, presented by LG in mid-June and available in Europe for 649 euros.

LG Velvet Design

LG smartphones in the past have never really achieved the commercial success they deserve. It’s a shame, because they are technically advanced devices, “well thought out”, with a good design, excellent displays and with innovative and somewhat experimental functions. The fault lies not only with a market that has not understood them, of course, but also with a somewhat weak global marketing strategy.
LG Velvet test of the 5G smartphone with Dual Screen 2

With the new Velvet, the smartphone division of the Korean company seems to want to do things differently. The break with the V models of the past ( including the last V60 of a short time ago) is immediately evident in the design. Velvet abandons the somewhat “massive” format of its predecessors in favor of slender and light lines. The result is a well-balanced device with very good ergonomics, although in some cases the smooth finish of the body makes it a bit slippery.

On the back of the body, LG managed to insert two of the three flush cameras, while it only slightly protrudes the lens of the main 48 Megapixel camera. The photographic quality of the Velvet is good, unsurprisingly, in line with the range to which the device belongs. In addition to the main sensor there is a second 8 megapixel ultrawide and a third 5 megapixel which is only used to improve the detection of depth in photos. Good features of the integrated photo software, to which LG usually dedicates the right care.

You can shoot movies in 4K 30p and the color quality and dynamic range, although not comparable to that of flagship photographic devices such as iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy 20 Ultra, is still very good.

LG Velvet Screen and dual screen

As usual on LG smartphones the screen convinces with color balance and management. It’s a large (6.8 ”) and bright P-OLED, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. It is a detail that is perceived only relatively unless you use the phone to play video games at high frame rate, but the 90Hz, now become almost standard on many devices of this range, would have helped a little also the fluidity of the interface.

The accessory that the Korean company had also flanked to previous top models of its offer, is interesting but still suffers from poor compatibility with third-party software. It’s great for those who play video games, because it allows you to use the additional screen to view the game and the phone to “remap” the controls on a virtual joystick. For productivity it does not add much in our opinion to a device that already has a large enough screen and advanced multitasking functions thanks to Android 10.

Net of the user experience, the Dual Screen has another problem, and it is the design: the gray case does not go very well with the lines of the Velvet: it is a bit anonymous, with details from business accessories such as the back corrugated, and completely changes the aesthetics of the device, hiding its elegant lines and subtle cut. Finally, there is another element that must be put, literally, on the weighing pan: the overall weight of the Dual Screen and the phone becomes significant and thwarts the advantage of the lightness of the phone.

LG Velvet Performance and software

In everyday use, the performance of the LG Velvet convinced us. The call quality is very good, the most demanding applications in terms of graphics and computational resources run smoothly, the 4300mAh battery exceeds the day of use if the smartphone is not used for particularly energy-intensive activities. Also noteworthy is the presence of the headphone jack input, which is far from obvious on devices of this range, and the IP68 waterproof and dust proof certification, very useful in times when disinfecting the mobile phone after use outside the home it is a widespread practice.

The only drawback, in our opinion, is LG’s Android customization. The interface does not have any particular problems, but the setting, the graphic themes, the icons, the notification panels appear a little dated and would need to be updated. It is not only an aesthetic question, but also of general phone user experience, especially in a market saturated and full of competing smartphones which, with the same performance and relatively similar designs, must aim to stand out precisely for the UX and the Feel of using the device.

Conclusions

The final opinion on LG Velvet dual screen is therefore positive overall, especially for the design and handling, while we would have liked an extra effort on the software.
– Elegant design
– Good technical features
– Wireless charging
– Waterproof with IP68 certification
– Light and easy to handle

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HOW TO UNLOCK YOUR SMARTPHONE WITH THE LG G8S HAND ID

LG G8s ThinQ revolutionizes the way you unlock your smartphone by first recognizing your palm, or Hand ID: you don’t need to touch the phone, it’s immediate and guarantees a high degree of reliability and security.

A new way to unlock your smartphone

Even if we don’t always realize it, we watch our smartphone almost 150 times a day, on average every seven minutes, to check notifications, read or send messages, take a picture, listen to music or just watch the time and date. To give you immediate access to the main information LG has introduced, for some time, the Always-on display that shows the time, date, if you have received notifications and the status of the battery. Earlier, to make immediate the release of the phone LG had introduced the double touch, able to “wake up” the smartphone by simply touching the screen twice. This solution is as effective as it is ingenious, but it is no longer sufficient compared to the levels of security necessary to protect our data from prying eyes.

nlock your smartphone by first recognizing your palm, or Hand ID

Unlock the smartphone biometric parameters

The ways to unlock a smartphone today are different, ranging from the simplest ones like the Sequence, the PIN and the Password, to which is added the Knock Code, or the sequence of touches in different points of the screen, up to the biometric ones, which they exploit unique elements such as fingerprints, the appearance of the face and – for the first time ever thanks to the new LG G8s ThinQ – the map of the veins of the hand.

Unlocking the smartphone with the Flight Time Camera

LG G8s, in addition to raising the quality standard of facial recognition, now much more reliable and working even in the dark, introduces for the first time the Hand ID, the recognition of the palm of the hand , as an option to unlock the smartphone. The secret lies in the new ToF sensor (Time of Flight, which translated literally means Flight Time) integrated into the front of the new LG G8s next to the camera.

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This special sensor is able to recreate a dot matrix (a sort of virtual lattice) that identifies the three-dimensionality of what it frames: now face recognition is much more reliable and it is not possible to “deceive” it even with a good photo. In addition to this innovative sensor, LG G8s also integrates an infrared emitter that allows it to be effective even in the dark and to exploit the different refraction of blood hemoglobin, thus tracing a map of the veins of our hand: another of the biometric data which distinguishes us as the fingerprint.

How it works technically

The operating principle of this type of sensor is quite simple: an emitter, usually an infrared (IR) LED, projects modulated light. This light is not visible to the naked eye, we are in the infrared range, about 850 nm, but it bounces off the objects it encounters.

The light emitted by the emitter is usually a square wave, and by reading the phase shift between the transmitted wave and the received one (the so-called Flight Time) one can understand the distance of the single points of the received image. The resulting map is combined with the reading of the main chamber to create a small, extremely realistic 3D model.

Simple and intuitive

The operation is very simple, just follow the procedure that memorises the veins of our hand, in a very similar way to how it is done with fingerprints and with facial recognition:

  • 1) place the palm of your hand 15-20 cm away from the front camera;
  • 2) slowly lower your hand and follow the on-screen instructions until the palm is scanned correctly;
  • 3) you can repeat the procedure with the smartphone resting on a floor or while holding it with the other hand to simulate different conditions of use of the Hand ID.
  • Once you have memorized the vein map of your hand, you can unlock the phone simply by placing the palm on top of the camera, without even having to touch the phone.

You can then unlock the phone even with dirty hands or without having to interrupt what you are doing: thanks to the recognition of special gestures it will also be possible to answer or reject a call, adjust the volume of your music player, capture a screen and much more.

Your data safe

The data of your hand is used exclusively for biometric recognition, or to ensure that you are the real owner of the smartphone, they are saved only on your phone in a special protected and encrypted area and are in no way transmitted in the cloud, so you can rest assured that no attacker will have access to it. Reading through infrared is also not able to detect data on blood or any illness, your privacy, even in this case, is guaranteed.

he G7 ThinkQ of LG is a mobile phone that usually gives very good results

How to format, reset and restart an LG G7 ThinkQ

LG G7 ThinkQ is a mobile phone that usually gives very good results

Do you need to format the LG G7 ThinkQ and leave it to factory mode? The G7 ThinkQ of LG is a mobile phone that usually gives very good results. But there are times when it takes a while to use, you can start giving the first problems.

If it’s your case, maybe it’s time to reset to factory mode . In this way, you can have it again like when you took it out of the box. And in this way, in principle, it should work correctly again. We’re going to show you all the available methods to do it.

How to format a LG G7 ThinkQ, restart and reset to factory mode

Soft Reset – forced restart

If the problem is that this LG mobile has been left hanging, maybe it is not necessary to be so drastic. When you return the smartphone to factory values ??you will lose everything you have in it, so it’s easy to not feel too much.

Therefore, you can first try to do soft reset. The soft reset is nothing more than a forced restart, which can be the solution if your problem is not continuous, but simply something punctual.

How to reset LG G7 ThinkQ

To do soft reset you only have to leave the power button pressed for a few seconds, between 5 and 10. Once done, the phone will have been rebooted and will be in operation again.

Reset the LG G7 using the Settings menu

If your LG phone, even if it does not work as well as it should, allows you to access the menus normally. This is probably the most convenient method to return your phone to factory mode.

Remember that all the data you have on your mobile will be lost, so it is important to make a backup beforehand .

The steps you must follow for this are the following:

Make sure the phone is on.
Enter Settings
Click on General.
And then in Backup & Reset.
Choose Return to factory values.
Reset phone.
A message will appear indicating that all data will be deleted. Click on OK and the process will have begun.

How to reset LG G7 ThinkQ factory mode

Format an LG G7 ThinkQ through buttons, menu Recovery – Hard reset
If your phone does not even allow you to access the menu, you can return it to the factory settings using the Recovery menu:

Make sure the mobile is off.

Press the buttons to turn on and lower volume for a few seconds.
When the LG logo appears, release the power button, keep the volume down and press the power button again.
Release all buttons when the Factory Data Reset menu appears.
Select the Yes option by moving with the volume buttons and select with the power button.
Have you ever needed formateart an LG G7 ThinkQ to factory mode? Which of these methods have you found most indicated?

How to reset LG G7 ThinkQ

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LG G3 is forcing the display resolution to 1080p boost performance

LG G3: forcing the display resolution to 1080p boost performance

After the first teething problems (abnormal overheating and some uncertainty in performance) and a few tweaks to the list price, to date LG G3 is still a viable alternative to take home a smartphone top of the range, upgraded to the latest Android distribution and a great display from QHD resolution definitely very high.

LG G3 is forcing the display resolution to 1080p boost performance

The decision to use a 2560×1440 LCD panel has been for many, at least initially, the main cause of the problems of this terminal but thanks to a very active community, was born a tool able to force the display resolution up to 1920x1080p to conduct some tests and compare the performance that can be had with a smaller load in the management of the display, compared to the standard resolution.

Forcing LG G3 to work on a full HD resolution, to the naked eye will notice no difference, however, will be far fewer pixels to handle, 2,073,600 for accuracy against 3.6864 million of that QHD. Putting less pixels in the same screen size by 5.5 inches, the graphics card must necessarily extend those pixels that were more numerous, to fill all the space, thus resorting to interpolation of images.

Each pixel is stretched to twice compared to the original resolution , this to be a perfect match of the display , filling the empty space left by the missing pixels in Full HD, with an interpolation which is barely perceptible but almost indistinguishable to the eye.

The test was carried out with a G3 Korean model F400S with 3GB of RAM, updated to the latest build KitKat available (not to Lollipop) without any customization, all completely stock except for the program Nomone Resolution Changer (requires root permissions unlocked) which in fact serves to lower the resolution in automatic mode .

The results provided in three steps by AnTuTu, followed by another three tests with GFXBench, here is what has emerged.

As you can see from the chart, the results are greatly improved, a total of almost 30% more. The performance 3D are even almost doubled and even in the heat dissipation terminal has found several benefits, staying cooler.

Regarding the battery instead improvements were not detected, the autonomy has stabilized approximately on the same results. In conclusion, LG G3 becomes a super smartphone if taken at a resolution of 1920×1080, with a loss q lmost imperceptible in image quality , performance increase exponentially and fluidity reborn as if it had never been fully exploited.

Note: Although the obvious performance improvement lowering of the resolution with the same hardware, the test remains curious.
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LG now sells first smartphone with Firefox OS

LG Fireweb: the first smartphone with Firefox OS

Some time ago, LG was relatively unofficially announced that is working on cheap smartphones, which are to be operated with the new Firefox OS. Now it is done and LG has released its so-called Fireweb in Brazil.

Most likely it can not start overly much with, just because this country already has the Alcatel OneTouch Fire runs on Firefox OS and Germany also is not necessarily the country of destination. In principle, the target of the phones and the operating system for beginners. “Weak” hardware ensures a low price and thus provides a good entry into the smartphone world, and good access. And that is exactly the idea behind FF OS. (Mainly from emerging countries) to enable people with little income to access the mobile world. The markets in the western world are largely divided and market share there is only in countries like China and Brazil to get.

LG now sells first smartphone with Firefox OS

The 4-inch Fireweb has just a resolution of 480 x 320, but a powerful 1 GHz processor. The internal memory of 4 GB can be expanded via microSD and on board is also a 5 megapixel camera. All the fun can be had for 150 €. If it is available in Germany, therefore, also a boarding alternative for teenagers.

If Mozilla is still sticking to its entry strategy, I would find that pretty sad. The operating system looks very interesting and I think it is always good to have competition the stalled smartphone market times stirring up a bit.

LG confirms the Nexus 4

LG confirms the Nexus 4 in models 8 and 16 GB

The lurking fear a few weeks ago, when we knew the Belarusian review the new Nexus (actually, if called Nexus 4), and showed us a mere 8 GB of storage in the new collaboration of Google and LG, have dissipated, thanks to information that has been overlooked a South Korean firm itself.

LG confirms the Nexus 4

Is that, through the emergence of a certain LG E960 (codename popular these days the initiator of a new breed Android) on the official website of the company for the UK and Australia, the device’s manual, we lets see, once again, some details before submission officer.

Tech specs of Nexus 4:

  • quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor
  • 2GB of RAM,
  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display
  • LG’s True HD IPS+ panel
  • Google Android 4.2 OS

All this in the context of Google postponed the launch event for the next week in New York, because of the proximity of the devastating hurricane Sandy.

Sighted by specialized site Engadget, which even managed to protect the PDF by LG drive to eliminate any trace of this slip, the documents also confirm name, Nexus 4, clarify the existence of a version with 8 and one with 16 GB storage. Good news, considering that we still can not see a microSD card slot.

LG brings smartphone 3D games for Smart TV platform

LG brings smartphone 3D games for Smart TV platform

If you are looking for an excuse to buy your LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV, if you like 3D games and if Air Penguin, Frisbee Forever and Burn The City are among your favorite app and you can not take your eyes off from your smartphone because you want to continue playing; then the news you have been waiting for has arrived: LG has brought the latest 3D games in the smartphone App for the Smart TV platform! Until yesterday these popular games were available only on smartphones and tablets and downloadable via the Apple Store of Apple and Google Play and you could only play in 2D. Selected specifically for their 3D gameplay are optimized for this App Platform LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV. Selected titles include, among others, Air Penguin, which last year was the most downloaded game in the United States and eighteen other countries, Frisbee Forever, Burn The City and Downhill Bowling 2.

LG brings smartphone 3D games for Smart TV platform

“We are thrilled to be able to bring 3D games on the Smart TV in this way, for the first time, members of the family can enjoy together the immersive fun” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the introduction of known games, as well as titles developed exclusively for the LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV, we carry out our commitment to transform the potential of Smart TV in a real 3D gaming platform. Owners of LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV will be amazed at how they will be absorbed by the big screen, the 3D environments of their favorite games and how easy it is to control them with remote Magic Motion”.

Users can enjoy the library of 3D games with 3D glasses without battery, light and comfortable. Thanks to Flicker-Free users can play longer without discomfort or eye fatigue. The ergonomic remote control Magic Motion makes an elegant pointing device in a motion-sensitive game controllers, intuitive and easy to use for both children and adults.

Were you looking for an excuse to buy your LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV?