LG Display lifts the lid on ‘world’s narrowest’ bezel for smartphones

Thought the bezels of your smartphone was thin? Think again, as LG Display has lifted the lid on the “world’s narrowest” bezel for smartphones.

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Press release:

LG Display Develops World’s Narrowest 0.7mm Bezel FHD LCD Panel for Smartphones

LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it has developed a 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with the world’s narrowest bezel at 0.7mm. With this cutting-edge display, LG Display continues to lead the market in high-resolution large-size displays for mobile devices.

“With the growing trend for large screen smartphones, customer demand for displays with a narrow bezel is increasing, because it enables users to enjoy the maximum use of screen area without compromising excellent grip and design,” said Byeong-koo Kim, Vice President and Head of IT/Mobile Development Group at LG Display. “With this innovative product having many advantages, ranging from its narrow 0.7mm bezel and high resolution picture quality to its slim design and touch-embedded solutions, LG Display will continue to lead the growing market for large screen smartphones, meeting the expectations of customers and users by enhancing the quality of devices,” said Mr. Kim.

To realize the 0.7mm bezel width on the left and right sides of the panel, which is narrower than the 0.8mm thickness of a credit card, LG Display used its “Neo Edge” module processing technology and the world’s first “Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT)” technology.

LG Display’s Neo Edge technology uses an adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and completely seal the total area and edges of the panel’s circuit board and backlight unit. Because there is no plastic guide panel to attach the panel and backlight, the Neo Edge technology helps achieve minimal bezel width, while blocking light leakage and being waterproof and dustproof.

The adhesive seal also prevents corrosion that sometimes occurs along the edge of the glass panel when double-sided tape is used, while dramatically improving the panel’s durability despite the narrow bezel because of increased elasticity as the adhesive hardens.

The company’s AIT technology, exclusively developed by LG Display, reduces the need for bezel space because the touch panel is embedded into the LCD module. The technology offers a slim design and excellent touch, while saving costs since a separate process for touch functions is not required.

LG Display will start mass production of the product in November and supply it first to customers in China, where demand for large screen smartphones is strong, while actively promoting it globally.

Can’t wait to get your hands on LG-made smartphones with these extremely narrow bezels? Phones LTD will let you know once these smartphones are available.

LG sells nearly 17 million smartphones in Q3 2014 – doubles operating profit

It looks like 2014 is turning out to be a really good year for South Korean phone maker LG. The company announced that in Q3 2014 alone, it sold 17 million smartphones (a new record for the company), led by the LG G3, which in turn has doubled the company’s operating profit. This is a whopping 39% increase in revenues for its mobile business.

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Press release:

RECORD SMARTPHONE SHIPMENTS BOOSTS LG ELECTRONICS QUARTERLY EARNINGS

Companywide Operating Profit Doubles as Mobile Business Revenues Surge 39 Percent with Nearly 17 Million Smartphones Sold

SEOUL, Oct. 29, 201— LG Electronics (LG) announced unaudited third quarter consolidated revenues of KRW 14.92 trillion (USD 14.54 billion), an increase of 7.4 percent year-over-year, and operating profit of KRW 461.3 billion (USD 449.61 million), more than double the figure from the same period a year ago. LG’s earnings reflected strong performance from its mobile business which saw record smartphone sales in the third quarter with sales of 16.8 million units.

The LG Home Entertainment Company reported third-quarter revenues of KRW 4.71 trillion (USD 4.59 billion), a slight decline of 3 percent from the same period last year. Operating profit of KRW 130.5 billion (USD 127.19 million) increased 5 percent from the same quarter last year due to better product mix. Sales of LCD TVs increased year-over-year in regions such as North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. LG expects sales of 4K Ultra HD TVs and commercial digital signage products to grow, while market demand for monitors and AV products is expected to slow.

The LG Mobile Communications Company shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones in the third quarter, an increase of 39 percent year-on-year and 16 percent more units than the previous quarter. Sales of KRW 4.25 trillion (USD 4.14 billion) and operating income of KRW 167.4 billion (USD 163.16 million) were the highest in the company’s history since the third quarter of 2009. Building on its momentum and two consecutive profitable quarters, LG expects to strengthen its positioning in the smartphone market with its G Series and L SeriesIII models despite the landscape becoming more competitive.

The LG Home Appliance Company reported revenues of KRW 2.91 trillion (USD 2.84 billion), a slight decrease from the same period the year before, despite improved sales in Korea, Europe and developing markets such as the Middle East and South East Asia. Greater competition in North America and unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates resulted in a lower third–quarter operating profit of KRW 51.8 billion (USD 50.49 million). LG expects profitability to increase in the fourth quarter with an expanded home appliance product portfolio and improved cost structure.

The LG Air Conditioning & Energy Solution Company reported revenues of KRW 925.6 billion (USD 902.14 million), a 5 percent decline from a year ago. An operating loss of KRW 2.5 billion (USD 2.44 million) was primarily due to weak demand in residential air conditioners in Korea related to weather conditions, which offset steady growth in the Middle East and Latin America. LG expects overseas sales to improve with more customized and higher energy efficient systems while it targets the growing construction and civilian industries in Korea with its commercial products.

2014 3Q Exchange Rates Explained

LG Electronics’ unaudited quarterly earnings results are based on IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) for the three-month period ending September 30, 2014. Amounts in Korean won (KRW) are translated into U.S. dollars (USD) at the average rate of the three-month period of the corresponding quarter — KRW 1,026 per USD (2014 3Q).

Earnings Conference and Conference Call

LG Electronics will hold a Korean language earnings conference on October 29, 2014 at 16:00 Korea Standard Time at the LG Twin Tower Auditorium (B1 East Tower, 20 Yeoui-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea). An English language conference call will follow the next day on October 30, 2014 at 10:00 Korea Standard Time (01:00 GMT/UTC). Participants are instructed to call +82 31 810 3070 and enter the passcode 9084#. The corresponding presentation file will be available for download at the LG Electronics website (www.lg.com/global/ir/reports/earning-release.jsp) at 14:00 on October 29, 2014. Please visit http://pin.teletogether.com/eng and pre-register with the passcode provided. For those unable to participate, an audio recording of the news conference will be available for a period of 30 days after the conclusion of the call. To access the recording, dial +82 31 931 3100 and enter the passcode 142750# when prompted.

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Samsung explains why it designed the Galaxy Note Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is one of the most unique devices to hit the market this year. It sports an edged screen, which shows information such as a track playing, sports quotes, news, and so much more. So why did the Korean tech giant design the Note Edge? Read through Samsung’s explanation below.

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Samsung explains:

You’ve seen what the Galaxy Note Edge looks like. You’ve taken a closer look at it and also gotten to know about the main features of the Edge Screen of the Galaxy Note Edge. So let us ask you, why do you think Samsung developed the Galaxy Note Edge?

The Edge of Standardization

With the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung has yet another first-of-its-kind device in the mobile field. Yes, Samsung introduces many ‘world’s first’ products, but the priority always lies on users and their lifestyle.

If you take a look at the general trends of smartphones, the bezel is getting slimmer and the specifications are getting more powerful. This seems to be the standard. However, while meeting people’s expectations, Samsung wanted to offer something more. Here, Samsung decided to integrate its signature ‘curved display’ into a smartphone.

The Benefits from the Edge

The benefit of this curved display of the Galaxy Note Edge, better known as the edge screen, is quite easy to imagine. Just like a news ticker on the TV news channels, users can get their customized essential information such as news, sports, stocks, notifications and more on the Edge Screen without having to access the main display; it makes accessing quick info more effective and convenient.

Moreover, as many people use book-style smartphone covers, Galaxy Note Edge lets users control the device with the cover closed only with his other thumb to access frequently used apps such as the camera or contacts.

Most importantly, this design aligns with Samsung’s philosophy of multitasking on a bigger screen. When users want to multitask and have to activate another app, Samsung understands that they do not want to exit the currently opened app. The Edge screen not only gives easy access to apps, but also gives more real estate to work with.  By the way, even though the Edge Screen is placed on the right edge of the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung made sure both right and left handed users can utilize the Edge Screen with the flip-screen function.

Samsung also made sure that the Galaxy Note Edge is durable. Samsung has a very high standard for device durability and performs rigorous tests. It has been said that Samsung performed more than 100 kinds of tests from the early stages of the development including various drop tests. As a result, Galaxy Note Edge is as durable as other Samsung devices.

For something to be innovative, it needs to introduce a new way of doing things. But it is much more important that it makes things much better, easier and more convenient for us, which is the prime motivation and inspiration of the Galaxy Note Edge. As it is planned to be released in more and more selected countries, it is exciting to see how people will take advantage of the Galaxy Note Edge.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be manufactured in limited quantities, which means it will not be widely available. It has been launched in a few markets such as Japan. Samsung is yet to announce if the device will be launched in the UK.

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HTC may change the way it names its smartphones – next flagship may not be called the ‘M9′

Last year, HTC launched the HTC One (M7). This year the Taiwanese phone maker released the HTC One (M8). So you be expecting HTC to lift the lid on its next flagship as the One (M9) next year. According to a tweet, this may not be the case in 2015, as the company is reportedly changing the way it names it smartphones.

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The tweet comes from @upleaks. According to the Twitter account that is known for having inside information on yet to be unveiled mobiles, “OK, here’s a “little” leak; Next HTC flagship is NOT the M9. They will not use simple codename like M* anymore.”

If true, then what does HTC plan to call its smartphones? Unfortunately, your guess is as good as ours.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt.

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Apple iPad Mini 3 subjected to ‘hipster’ bend test

YouTube channel RatedRR has subjected devices to various torture test. After making devices go through the normal tests, he does something not many channels do. He blows them up or shoots them up. In his latest video, he subjects the newly released Apple iPad Mini 3 to a “hipster” bend test.

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What’s a hipster bend test? It involves wearing skinny jeans, replicating today’s hipster, putting the device in your pocket, sitting down, and seeing if the device bends.

So did the iPad Mini 3 survive the test? Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, the iPad Mini 3 survived the hipster bend test. RatedRR also subjected the new smaller iPad to regular bend tests. It also survived these regular bend tests.

Of course, this wouldn’t be RatedRR if a device wasn’t totally destroyed. In RatedRR fashion, he bends the iPad Mini 3 with a 50 caliber bullet. Watch the video below to see the carnage.

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