​LG launches Signature phone at higher price than iPhone X

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LG Electronics has launched a limited edition “super” premium phone in South Korea.

The company will sell only 300 units of the LG Signature Edition, which will be priced around 2 million won ($1,800), higher than iPhone X’s 1.63 million won in the country.

LG has used the Signature brand for its high-end home appliances and TVs, but this is the first time it is being used for a phone.

The company’s reshuffle last week shows that its mobile business will likely be subsidiary to its TV and home appliance businesses. CEO Jo Seong-jin originally started the Signature brand in home appliances, with great success that led to record profits.

LG said the Signature phone, which comes in black and white, was made from materials used in boutique watches.

The design is focused on being “simple” and “dignified”. The backside uses zirconium ceramic that is said to reduce scratches. Consumers can choose to engrave their names in the back cover.

Its specification is near identical to the V30 and the phone has 6GB Ram and 256GB internal memory. It comes with Android 8.0, has Qi wireless charging, and LG Pay. It sports a 6-inch OLED display, has a 3,300 mAh battery, and a dual camera.

LG’s mobile business has posted 10 straight quarters of losses.

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Honor Launches Honor 7X & V10

Today in the London launch event Honor launched its new Honor 7X and V10 smartphones for western markets. The 7X had already been released a couple of months ago in China but availability was limited to that area. The V10 had a more recent launch in China as well, however today we see the EMEA and Asia-Pacific launch of the 7X as well as the European launch of the V10.

To start the Honor 7X, the phone is part of the X series which focuses on maximum value, meaning we’re looking at a low-midrange device. Honor explains that the X series primary attraction is bringing key distinguishing features that are usually only found on the high-end flagships. The 7X’s key characteristic is its clean design and 18:9 aspect ratio screen, which is a first on a smartphone in this price category.

The Honor V10 is a high-end device and also follows the trend of new 18:9 aspect ratio screens. The defining characteristic of the V10 is the high-end internal components that easily match those of flagship devices such as the Mate 10 but at a lower price point.

New Honor 7X & V10
  Honor 7X Honor V10
Models BND-L29 BKL-L29
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 659

4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.36GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.70GHz

ARM Mali-T830MP2
@ 900MHz

HiSilicon Kirin 970

4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.362GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.844GHz

ARM Mali-G72MP12
@ 767MHz

Display 5.93-inch 2160×1080 (18:9)
LTPS IPS LCD
5.99-inch 2160×1080 (18:9)
IPS LCD
Dimensions 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm
186 grams
157.0 x 74.98 x 6.97 mm
172 g
RAM 4GB LPDDR3 6GB LPDDR4X-1833
NAND 64GB 
+ microSD
128GB
+ microSD
Battery 3340 mAh (12.85 Wh)
non-replaceable
3750 mAh (14.43 Wh)
non-replaceable
Front Camera 8MP 13MP F/2.0
Rear Camera Main Sensor: 16MP (4608 x 3456)

Secondary Sensor: 2MP

LED flash

RGB Sensor: 16MP (5120 x 3840), 
f/1.8 – 27mm eq. 

Monochrome Sensor: 20MP 
f/1.8 – 27mm eq.

 LED flash

Modem HiSilicon LTE (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE
SIM Size 2x NanoSIM (dual standby) (XXX-L29)
1x NanoSIM (XXX-L09)
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/Glonass/BDS 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.2 LE, NFC, GPS/Glonass/BDS
Connectivity USB 2.0 microUSB
3.5mm headset
USB 2.0 USB-C
3.5mm headset
Sensors capacitive fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, ambient light, proximity, Hall effect, barometer
Launch OS Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
Launch Price EUR 299€ / GBP £269 EUR 499€ / GBP £449

The 7X is a 5.93″ 18:9 formfactor all-metal unibody design and features an LCD screen with a with a resolution of 2160 x 1080. The V10’s external design follows more closely that of the Honor N series, with a brushed metal-like texture. The screen has the same resolution as the 7X but is just a little tad bigger at 5.99″. Even though both devices are essentially 6″ class devices, because of the 18:9 form factor they’re only respectively 75.3mm wide for the 7X and 74.98mm wide for the V10 which should help a lot with one-hand usability.

Honor was very proud to announce the V10 comes at a tickness of only 6.97mm while still packing a very large 3750mAh (14.43Wh) battery, the largest capacity of a device so thin.

 


Honor 7X and Honor V10

In terms of internals we see very large difference warranting the price tags of both devices. The 7X comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 659 with Octa-core A53’s, one cluster clocking in at up to 2.36GHz and the other and up to 1.7GHz, making this a rather low-end SoC in the year 2018. Paired up with a Mali T830MP2 at 900MHz we shouldn’t be expecting too great of a performance in games. What the device should lack in performance however should be greatly compensated by great battery life as the small 16nm SoC should do well together with the Honor 7X’s 3340mAh (12.85Wh) battery.

The V10 on the other hand feature HiSilicon’s flagship SoC, the Kirin 970. The new 10nm SoC iterates on last year’s Kirin 960 and has the same CPU configuration with 4x 2.36GHz Cortex-A73 cores on the performance cluster and 4x 1.844GHz Cortex-A53 cores on the efficiency cluster. The big change is the GPU as this is the first SoC to employ ARM’s new Mali-G72 in a configuration of 12 cores running at 767MHz, bringing both a reasonable performance increase as well as much needed efficiency increases over last year’s poor GPU showing of the Kirin 960.

The Honor 7X comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while the V10 packs in a large configuration option of 6GB and 128GB of storage. Honor didn’t specify the storage type on the V10 or the 7X, but it’s likely the V10 comes with a faster UFS implementation.

Both phones employ dual-camera setups although they couldn’t be any more different from each other. The Honor 7X employs a main 16MP shooter, although we’re still lacking the more detailed specificaitons of the sensor and lens system. The second sensor is a bleak 2MP unit whose use is merely for depth perception that is used in features such as background blurring.

The V10’s camera system resembles more that of the Mate series. The main sensor serves as the colour sensor and comes in at 16MP while the secondary sensor is a monochrome unit coming in at 20MP. In this dual-camera setup the secondary monochrome sensor not only serves for depth perception but also improves low-light capture through smart usage of sensor fusion on the SoC’s Cadence Tensilica P6 DSP. It’s not clear what Honor means by 2-in-1 PDAF autofocus on the V10, but this could be phase detection through both sensors instead of having a sensor with actual PDAF pixels.

The Honor 7X comes in at a launch price of 299€ / £269 in Europe and will be available soon in EMEA and APAC countries in the colours of gold, black and blue.

The Honor V10 comes in at an attractive 499€ / £449 European launch price and will be available in the largest European markets and Russia beginning January 8th in the colours of navy blue and midnight black.

iPhone X Launches in 13 More Countries

The iPhone X officially landed in 13 more countries on Friday, with launches in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.

In the countries and territories listed, Apple’s latest smartphone is being sold exclusively by authorized third-party resellers and carriers, with the exception of Turkey – where Apple has a retail presence in Zorlu Center and Akasya Acıbadem – and Macau, where an Apple store is based at Galaxy Macau. Apple’s flagship device also became available to customers in Israel on Thursday for the first time.


The iPhone X is also available to buy through regional online Apple stores in Malaysia (from RM 5,149), South Korea (from ₩1,420,000), Thailand (from ฿40,500), and Turkey (from 6.099 TL), with prices varying depending on local currencies. Apple appears to have made provisions for launch day availability in the above countries, with online shipping estimates at 1 to 3 business days at the time of writing.

Over the last couple of days, iPhone X shipping estimates have improved to around 1-2 weeks in the U.S. and Canada, and across Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, where the iPhone X has been available since November 3. Early iPhone X rumors had suggested the device would be available in severely limited numbers until well into next year, but the balance between supply and demand appears to be leveling worldwide.

In related news, according to a report on Thursday in the London Metro, Apple’s offices in South Korea were “raided” earlier this week by state regulators. The article reports that authorities visited Apple’s Seoul offices and questioned the company’s business practices.

The raid is said to be part of an ongoing probe that was launched after Apple took action to address local authorities’ concerns about unfair contracts that the company had with South Korean firms commissioned to repair its devices. However, the incident has led some to question whether South Korean authorities are trying to hamper the success of iPhone X in the region, which is home to rival Samsung.

Lee Jae-yong, acting chairman of Samsung, was jailed for five years for corruption in August 2017. He was charged with bribery, perjury and other crimes following an investigation which led to the impeachment of South Korea’s then-president, Park Geun-hye. Also known as Jay Y Lee, the 49-year-old business magnate was accused of making payments in exchange for political favors.

Style Savvy: Styling Star launches for Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 25

Style Savvy: Styling Star launches for Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 25

The newest game in the Style Savvy series is coming exclusively
to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo
3DS
family of systems this holiday season. In the Style
Savvy: Styling Star
game, you can manage a boutique, plan
makeovers and help your clients become singing superstars.

The much-loved Style Savvy series puts you in the role of a
budding fashion mogul. By running your own fashion boutique, you can
select the clothes you sell, recommend outfits for your customers and
even create some high-class looks that are both fashionable and trendy.
You can even customize the look of the boutique itself. If you have an
eye for fashion, your styles will be the talk of the town!

In Style Savvy: Styling Star, you can also set your customers up
for stardom. For the first time in the series, become a personal stylist
for a production studio and make sure your stars-in-the-making look
good. The outfits you select for your talented sensations will actually
shape their stories, and you can even view the custom outfits you design
during some musical performances!

Style Savvy: Styling Star has more than 20,000 in-game items of
clothing and accessories to unlock as you play, many of which are new to
the series. In addition to the huge number of in-game items you can use
to style customers, players can also use compatible amiibo during
gameplay to add even more options. All currently available amiibo
are compatible with Style Savvy: Styling Star. Some amiibo,
including Animal Crossing, Splatoon and Kirby series
amiibo, will unlock Nintendo-themed design elements and emblems. Other
amiibo will unlock a special design element and emblem.

By increasing your Style Rank through picking out the perfect look that
matches your clients’ requests, you can unlock new events and serve as a
consultant in other areas of fashion, like makeup, hair and men’s
fashion.

A free demo version of Style Savvy: Styling Star is now available
in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Download it and give it a try!

Style Savvy: Styling Star will launch exclusively in Nintendo
eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 25. It will also be available for purchase
and direct download at Nintendo.com. For more information about the
game, visithttps://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/style-savvy-styling-star-3ds.

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