LG V20 Modular Concept Smartphone 2017

LG V20 Modular Concept is Stainless Steel Body. The Modular Design with the LG G5 modules support. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 rear glass. IP68 certified – water and dust resistant. MIL-STD-810G certified – shock resistant


5.3 inch Quantum IPS LCD display
Quad HD resulotion
554 ppi pixel density
Always-on display
Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset
Adreno 530 GPU
32 GB storage
MicroSD support

16 Megapixel rear camera
LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, OIS, Laser Autofocus
4K 30fps, Full HD 60fps and HD 240fps video recording
Dual 8 Megapixel front facing camera
f/2.0 aperture, OIS, Autofocus

Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wifi Direct, DLNA, Wifi Hotspot, dual-band
Bluetooth v4.2
Infrared Port
USB Type-C

Android 7.0 Nougat
LG Optimus UX 5.0 UI

Removable 3000 mAh battery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Wireless Charging

Other Specs
Fingerprint Scanner
32-bit/192khz Audio Youtube Video

Best Smartphones of 2015

We’re living in a smartphone world. According to the research firm ComScore, more than 184 million Americans now surf the Web, communicate from afar, and run apps on their little handheld computers. With such a huge market, it’s no wonder that there are hundreds of different models to choose from. We’re here to help. Here at PCMag, we review every smartphone released on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and many of their sub-brands such as Boost, MetroPCS, and Virgin. These ten are our top picks across all of the smartphones available in the U.S. today.

You’ll find something for everyone here, including screen sizes from 4.7 to nearly 6 inches, support for every carrier in America, and each of the three major mobile operating systems. Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone each have something to offer the smartphone buyer. iOS has the best selection of apps and a very easy-to-use user interface. Android is highly configurable and is no slouch when it comes to apps. And Windows Phone has an elegant layout and integrates well with Facebook, Xbox, and Microsoft Office.
If there’s one constant in the smartphone world, though, it’s change. To see our most recent reviews, check out our Cell Phones Product Guide. Those strictly interested in Android phones should head over to our Best Android Smartphones roundup. And if you’re shopping based on your carrier, you’ll probably find our AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon phone roundups helpful as well.
To find the 10 best smartphones you can get today, read on.

1. Apple iPhone 6

$199.00 at Verizon
The Apple iPhone 6 is the right iPhone, at the right size, for right now.

2. Google Nexus 6

The supersized, Android-powered Google Nexus 6 is one of the best mobile devices around; tablet, smartphone, or otherwise.

3. Nokia Lumia Icon

The Nokia Lumia Icon combines all the best parts of Windows Phones past into one beautifully crafted package.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (AT&T)

Free at Amazon
With a premium facelift and an eye-popping 5.7-inch Quad HD display, the Galaxy Note 4 continues Samsung’s reign of phablet dominance.

5. Samsung Galaxy S6 

$629.76 at T-Mobile
The Galaxy S6 puts Samsung back on top with the best screen, processor, and body design of any Android-powered phone.

6. OnePlus One

$349.90 at Amazon
With an unbeatable price and power to spare, the OnePlus One is an Android revelation that challenges expectations for affordable smartphones.

7.Apple iPhone 6 Plus

$299.00 at Verizon
The iPhone 6 Plus is a extremely large iPhone, if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s an excellent device, but the right-sized iPhone 6 makes more sense for more people.

8. HTC One M9

$649.92 at T-Mobile
The iterative HTC One M9 remains a physical jewel and a strong Android smartphone, but fails to take the next step.

9. LG G Flex 2

$549.99 at Best Buy
Even after the novelty of the curved display wears off, the LG G Flex 2 is a strong performer that comes at a sizable discount over similarly equipped Android smartphones.

10. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

$729.60 at T-Mobile
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a gorgeous, powerful smartphone, but you’re paying a pretty steep premium for curved glass.

LG Denies That Snapdragon 810 is Prone to Overheating

We have heard that the Snapdragon 810 processor is plagued with overheating issues and there were even reports that Samsung decided to ditch the chipset due to this issue. Alternatively, the South Korean company will favour its homebrew Exynos processors.

This isn’t the first time we heard bad things about Snapdragon 810, even before it enters the mass production phase. It is also rumoured to have memory controller mishaps, diver issues and other unreliability problems. We can’t be too sure about this, but various flagship models to be released by various companies are confirmed to include the chipset, they include Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and LG G Flex 2.


It is quite obvious that LG lacks proper homegrown processor series, since the Odin was criticized for its meagre performance. A senior executive from LG’s mobile division commented recently that devices powered with Snapdragon 810 are actually cooler than other models in the market. LG needs to defend Qualcomm Processors, because the Snapdragon 810 will be used inside LG G Flex 2. On the other hand, Samsung has become much more reliant its proprietary processor products and it has spent $15 billion on a chip manufacturing plant outside Seoul.

Lenovo Introduces S660 S850 and S860 Smartphone Models

As expected, Lenovo will continue to build on its well-known S-series family in 2014. Three models are introduced at MWC 2014 event, S660, S850 and S860. The latter should appeal to owners of Motorola’s MAXX devices who seek to obtain new smartphone this year. The Lenovo S860 could support 24-hour talk time and it could even charge other smartphones. The powerful battery is paired with 2GB of RAM and quad-core processor.


Unfortunately, it doesn’t do LTE connectivity and comes with the slightly outdated Jelly Bean Android 4.2 OS. Nevertheless, Lenovo promises that the KitKat Android 4.4 update will arrive at some point. The 1.6Mp front-facing camera is ideal for video calls and there is also an 8Mp rear-facing camera.

The Lenovo S850 is a more affordable model with focus on lightweight glass thin construction and it has a reasonably large 5-inch display. Users could bet to get a quad-core processor. Photo buffs out there would also be happy to get 5Mp front-facing and 13Mp rear-facing camera. The Lenovo S660 rounds out the group with its 5-inch display, solid battery life and brushed metal construction. With its comfortable design and value-level price, the S66- slow in well under the S850.

Specs of Lumia 940 are Rumored

Microsoft seems to be planning to return with a vengeance. Its upcoming flagship will use the popular Lumia branding, specifically the Lumia 940. Screenshots of the device have circulated recently. But, while we can’t really guarantee the validity of these new images, the rumoured specs do seem believable.

Unfortunately, Microsoft may eschew the more popular Quad HD screen resolution and it will stay with the more common Full HD resolution on its 5-inch display. Obviously, any flagship model is expected to feature Quad HD resolution, although the immense sharpness will no longer deliver visually discernible differences compared to the current 1080p resolution. It is also interesting to note that the display will be protected with Gorilla Glass 4 layer, which hasn’t been confirmed by Corning itself. With 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM, the new flagship won’t be underpowered at all.


Camera will likely be the best feature of the 940, since the 24Mp sensor is based on the PureView technology. It could record 4k videos at 60fps. The 5Mp front-facing shooter should be able to record at 1080 resolution. Weighing 149 grams and measuring at 8.9mm thick, the Lumia 940 should be reasonably light and compact.

iPhone 6 Could Have Sapphire Protected Display

iPhone 6 Sapphire Protected Display Gorilla  Glass

Apple has recently sent the first shipment of sapphire components from the manufacturing plant in Arizona to the final assembly line in China. This seems to support previous rumors that the next iPhone will be equipped with sapphire panels. A few months ago, Apple and GT Advanced Technologies opened a plant in Arizona to produce specific sapphire components. The facility runs about a hundred sapphire furnaces in Q1 2014 and hundreds more will be operational later this year.


Sapphire panels are an alternative to Corning Gorilla Glass panel and it could protect specific parts of the iPhone from scratches. At the moment, the iPhone 5S has its home button and camera lens protected by sapphire; but not its display. Sapphire is tougher to break and less prone to physical damage compared to toughened glass.

Rumors also run rampant about additional implementations of sapphire panels. It has been suggested that sapphire will be usable for solar panels.  This should allow iPhone to recharge with sunlight. The alleged Apple iWatch could also use sapphire and only time will tell what other implementations the company will do. After all, sapphire is the second toughest material after diamond.

Apple iPhone 6 Rumors Japan Display

Apple iPhone 6 Rumors: Japan Display Develops 5.5-Inch Quad HD Display; Will It Be Featured In Next-Gen iPhone In September?

At a time when Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 6,” is rumored to come in two screen sizes, the timely development of a 5.5-inch display panel by one of the company’s longtime component suppliers has provided yet another boost to consumer hopes that a larger iPhone is indeed on its way.

On Thursday, Japan Display Inc. (TYO:6740), a major supplier of iPhone displays, announced that it had developed a new 5.5-inch-wide Quad HD, or WQHD, display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels (538 ppi) for “leading-edge smartphones.” And, according to a report from CNET, there is a chance that the new display could make its way to the upcoming iPhone 6.


Tokyo-based business publication Nikkei reported on Friday that Apple’s next iPhone iteration would be released in two variants with different screen sizes, including 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. The report also stated that Sharp Corporation (TYO:6753), Japan Display, and LG Display Co Ltd. (NYSE:LPL) will produce the iPhone 6’s Retina display.

CNET said that the timing of Japan Display’s announcement of the development of the 5.5-inch WQHD display and the news from Nikkei about a bigger iPhone 6 may not be a coincidence.

According to CNET, the Nikkei report included two other data points that could coincide with Japan Display’s announcement — first, mass production of the display panels would begin in the April-June quarter; and second, the iPhone 6’s display resolution could be “significantly higher than that of current models.”

The CNET report also cited Paul Semenza, a senior vice president at NPD DisplaySearch, who said that the newly developed Japan Display screen could be used in the iPhone 6.

However, Semenza also said that a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1600×900 pixels also seems to be another possible spec.

“As always, Apple runs parallel development programs to test out which is the best approach or just to try to confuse the rest of the world,” Semenza said.

While leaked details about the iPhone 6 and its features are fairly scarce and inconsistent, many reports have suggested that Apple could release the next iPhone sometime in September. The Nikkei report in question also stated that suppliers of LCD panels for the iPhone 6 are expected to ramp up production soon, “in line with a timetable for a worldwide launch as early as September.”

Schematic-Like Drawing Of iPhone 6 Surfaces

Meanwhile, an alleged schematic-like drawing of what is said to be the next-gen iPhones surfaced Friday on a popular Japanese magazine called MacFan. The drawing showed two different handsets, one with a 4.7-inch display and the other one with 5.7-inch display.

According to MacRumors, the two devices in the image were referred to as “iPhone 6c” models. Although it may sound odd for many that Apple could offer two iPhones with multiple screen sizes, the rumor did correspond to previous tidbits about the device.

In addition to a larger, higher-resolution display, the iPhone 6 is likely to sport a thinner design, three new sensors, an improved 8-megapixel camera, sapphire cover glass and iOS 8 among many other new features and upgrades.

Apple Officially Announces iOS 8.0

Apple has recently announced its latest mobile software version, the iOS 8, which adds more than a few new features compared to earlier builds. The iOS 8 is built upon the functional iOS 7 with its long-awaited Control Center. Apple latest software version offers an enhanced form of notifications, which allow users to swipe down and perform relevant action, such as replaying to social network posts or text messages. We could do this right from the lockscreen and a simple swipe may unlock certain app-specific option sets.


It is also interesting to note that the iOS 8 will finally feature widgets, but they won’t work similarly to what we see on Android devices. Instead, widgets on iOS 8 devices would be located only on the Today tab, within the notifications bar. During the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), Apple demo’d some real time functionality, including bidding on eBay and watching game scores.

The much-loved Siri now includes some welcome upgrades and like Google Now, users could wake her up by saying “Hello Siri”. The personal assistant supports Shazam’s song recognition, improved iTunes purchases and controls for smart appliances at home, using the new HomeKit API. Siri could also now speak 22 additional languages.