Seven innovations brought to the smartphone world by LG

Whereas it isn’t that shocking that LG is exiting the smartphone market, it’s a bit unhappy for these of us who used LG units through the years and valued its contributions to the smartphone business. LG pushed ahead with many inventions and whereas it did not get the respect it deserved, many of those improvements set the usual for different producers and its influence within the smartphone sector will proceed after it’s not competing with the remainder of the producers.

LG was daring with its {hardware} improvements and at occasions we have been left questioning why some selections have been made. Nonetheless, in an period of typical plastic and glass slabs it was pleasant to check out distinctive type elements and different cool tech present in LG telephones.


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I began utilizing LG smartphones with the Google Nexus 4 in 2012 after which began testing each G and V sequence with the LG G3 in 2014. One among my all-time favorites was the LG G4 with that pretty brown leather-based again panel. Let’s not take a step down reminiscence lane, however as a substitute, let’s take a look at the improvements that LG delivered to the smartphone world.

Capacitive touchscreen show

LG Prada – 2006

When folks consider capacitive touchscreen shows on telephones, the default perception is that Apple was the primary to launch with this know-how within the authentic iPhone. Nonetheless, LG beat Apple to the punch with the LG Prada that was launched in 2006.

The LG Prada had a 3-inch capacitive show with a 400×240 pixel decision. It sported a reasonably first rate digicam, however was priced at $849 within the US so it wasn’t that in style.

Versatile OLED show

LG G Flex – 2014

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LG launched the G Flex with a curved versatile OLED show. It was curved alongside its size in order that it might match comfortably alongside your face as you held it up for cellphone calls. It was a reasonably massive phablet cellphone with a six-inch show, which was very massive for this time interval. 

Competitors on the time included the Samsung Galaxy Notice 3, which had a smaller type issue and the nice S Pen expertise. Right now we see foldable telephones with versatile shows and may thank LG for main the way in which.

Modular smartphone

LG G5 – 2016

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The thought of a modular smartphone the place you merely slide off varied equipment for enhanced performance sounded good at first when LG launched the LG G5. Nonetheless, modules by no means confirmed up so that you have been restricted to only a detachable battery, digital-to-analog converter, and a digicam grip. The “LG Associates” by no means confirmed as much as the celebration and the G5 did not do properly available in the market.  

Extremely-wide digicam

LG G5 – 2016

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Whereas the LG G5 modularity wasn’t embraced, the LG G5 offered an ultra-wide rear digicam on the again. Extremely-wide cameras are actually a default on mid and higher stage smartphones which have a couple of rear digicam. LG set this bar and this innovation would be the one which lasts the longest after LG departs the smartphone sector.

LG additionally had a front-facing ultra-wide digicam on the LG V10, which was one of many first occasions we noticed two cameras on the entrance of a smartphone.

Quad DAC

LG V20 – 2016

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LG’s V-series was targeted on content material creators and audiophiles and in 2016 it launched the LG V20 with an built-in quad-DAC for prime quality audio playback. It could not have been appreciated by everybody, however audiophiles beloved the sound produced from an LG V20.

LG continued offering the usual 3.5mm headphone jack virtually up till the top, which was one to 2 years longer than most different producers.

Twin display Android smartphone

LG G8X – 2019

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Whereas others have been taking a look at foldable telephones, LG provided a easy answer with its LG Twin Display screen cowl that provided an enormous duplicate show for a way more inexpensive value. It first launched the LG G8X with this feature after which we noticed the V50 and V60. The LG Velvet additionally supported the Twin Display screen cowl. The great thing about this answer was that you could possibly use the dual-display when wanted or come out the cellphone and use it as an ordinary cellphone with ease.

The twin show was properly supported and the LG V60 provided the final word expertise with in depth assist for stylus use. I’ll proceed to make use of the LG V60 for years as a result of it really is likely one of the greatest smartphones right this moment.

Swivel twin show

LG Wing – 2020

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Whereas it was enjoyable to expertise the LG Wing with its distinctive swivel T show, I had bother discovering a sensible use for this design aside from for taking pictures video with the gimbal simulation. The decrease small show was not very helpful so the cellphone had restricted attraction.

This was a transparent instance of LG launching a know-how demonstration as a business cellphone, however in a yr with many different struggles for society it simply wasn’t a type issue we have been prepared to simply accept.