LG expands from wearables to tablets

Korean firm LG has been doing well by gaining the trust of many tech-reviewers over the past 12 months. Sales, however, did not reflect this, as the flagship LG G2 only sold 2.3 million unit, far short of its three-million-unit target.

Make no mistake, the G2 is a beast as many will tell you, and it is used as the core of the Google Nexus 5, which, on the other hand, is doing very well.

However, LG is not letting up, with the LG G3 flagship set to be announced on May 27, less than one year since the G2 was announced. This is probably to keep up with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, along with the upcoming iPhone 6.

The G3 is rumoured to be one of the first few smartphones with a 2K-resolution display (lacking behind the Oppo Find 7 and whatever launches between now and May 27).

Besides the exciting new flagship, LG is also looking to focus on the budget segment.

The budget phones are always the best to write about, because manufacturers are fighting the price-point versus amount of features they are able to cram in the device.

LG L90

LG's L90 is the latest lower-end device from LG and is making its way to the US in the form of the LG Volt.

This smartphone is third in line in the L-series smartphone from LG and it comes in a 4.7-inch screen packed with a 540x960 resolution, which is much lower than the usual 720p that is commonly found in middle-range phones these days.

The processor included is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processor, which is decent for the middle-ranges. The phone comes with 1GB of RAM, which is decent, and 8GB of storage.

Like LG's flagship though, the L90 comes with every form of connectivity you can imagine. You'll get infrared, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, along with the GPS and accelerometer.

With the infrared you can control pretty much everything that requires a remote control in your home or office, and probably even your in-car entertainment system.

With lower-end hardware specs, the L90 looks weaker on paper than most mid-range smartphones, but where it lacks in hardware, LG makes up for with software.

The L90 runs Android's latest 4.4.2 with a custom User Interface on top.

Like the G2, a lot of it is customisable to make it look cartoony or more Android-y if you like.

What makes it weird is that there are four soft keys on the bottom of the phone, which includes the Menu button, a button which is supposed to be eliminated completely from Android 4.4 as the menu button appears on-screen regardless of the app you have open.

All-in-all, the LG L90 is a decent package. However, budget-minded shoppers would have to look hard at the L90 to buy it as Samsung, XiaoMi, HTC and most notably Motorola have great budget options.

LG G Pad

The L90 is not the only expansion plan that LG has; the company recently announced the arrival of LG G Pad tablets in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch variations.

The original G Pad came in at 8.3-inches and is great because of its price range (less than $400), without 3G, and still has Pairing system, that will give you call and other 3G-related notifications from your smartphone.

The new G Pads will include all of LG's software mods like the Knock Code, and the Q Pair.

LG G Watch

LG is also showing off its G Watch, through a series of promos.

The G Watch will be revealed later this month along with the flagship G3.

Not much is known about the G Watch yet except for its full-metal body and its always-on screen with an extended battery life.

Looks like LG will be facing some stiff competition this year though, especially in the wearables and flagship devices department.

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