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.
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SHOPPERS won a partial refund from Tesco AFTER the supermarket chopped the price of a Call of Duty WWII computer game in its Black Friday sale.
Carer Hailey Townsend approached the UK’s biggest supermarket for a refund after discovering that the price of the game had dropped in price.
The 32-year-old, who lives in Oxford, bought the popular computer game for £48 earlier this month. It was then reduced to £36 in the store’s Black Friday sale.
After phoning Tesco a member of staff confirmed that she would get a £12 refund.
She told The Sun Online: “I think it’s really good of Tesco. They didn’t have to do that.
“It happens all the time you buy something and a few weeks later it goes down in price it’s annoying but unfortunately it’s life.
“I think it’s pretty awesome!”.
Another customer, John Williams, 24, who started the thread on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group, also had the same success.
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The managing director of a classified website also bought the same game earlier this month.
On Black Friday – just 12 days later – the price of the game dropped John also contacted Tesco and told them that he was unhappy with the price change, much to his delight they refunded him the £12 difference.
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He told The Sun Online: ” For the two minutes it took me to message them, I saved myself £12- that’s not bad at all!”.
The partial refunds are due to a little-known policy where Tesco will refund a customer the difference if an item drops in price, as long as it’s within 30 days.
But another customer was not so lucky.
Barbara Irvine purchased a PS4 on November 18 for £259.99. She noticed that the price of the item was cut to £199.99 just a few days later.
After seeing the conversation on the deal hunting Facebook page she tried to get a refund for the games console but was refused.
That’s because she bought the item in a Tesco store.
In order to get the refund for the difference for an item that you’ve bought from a branch of Tesco you would have to bring it back to a store.
If you bought the item online then you can email or telephone Tesco’s customer service team.
A spokesperson from Tesco said: “We’re sorry these customers wanted to return their items.
“Every return is dealt with on a case by case basis.”
HOW TESCO’S LITTLE KNOWN RETURN POLICY WORKS
IF you buy an item from Tesco and then it drops in price, here’s what you can do:
If the price drops you can claim a refund for the difference – but only within 30 days.
If you bought the item in a Tesco branch then you need to bring it back to the store.
If you bought the item online then you can phone or email Tesco’s customer service team to claim a refund.
A refund is granted on a case-by-case basis.
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Since early 2015, I have consistently advocated a $4.50 per-share intrinsic value for Kopin (KOPN) based on cash on-hand and their massive wearables IP portfolio with over 300 patents. Validating my forecast, Kopin traded at $4.52 per-share on September 19, 2017, although it has since turned south and closed at $3.35 per-share on November 24, 2017.
Despite the recent weakness, I now believe Kopin is about to fly right past $5.00 per-share following the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. In fact, I believe the market will start to value Kopin as a $7.00 to $10.00 stock in 2018 once the company’s massive wearable revenue growth opportunity is finally digested by analysts. Here’s why:
Five New AR/VR Headsets Will Be Shown At CES
As stated in their Q3 2017 quarterly release, five new AR/VR headsets will be shown at CES with Kopin wearable technology components inside. A new version of the Solos cycling AR smartglasses is one. I believe we may see a mobile VR headset with their new OLED micro displays as a result of the Goertek partnership. Additionally, we will likely see the first Whisper noise cancellation headset design wins with one or more customers. The unveiling of several headsets from customers will finally mark the beginning of a wave of new AR and VR business for Kopin – hopefully with large Consumer Electronics companies as those customers.
Enterprise AR Dominance
As I have written about extensively, Kopin is inside all volume shipping head-worn Enterprise AR devices from Google, RealWear, Scott Safety, Fujitsu and Vuzix among others. It is clear that AR will succeed in the enterprise segment before we see broad adoption in the consumer space. Kopin has demonstrated that they are dominating this space with key early design wins for their AMLCD micro displays, unique optics, and Whisper noise cancellation chip. Look for Kopin to realize $50-$100 per unit in revenue as shipments ramp from the aforementioned companies. Con census is that total enterprise AR unit shipments will ramp into the millions by 2020 and I see Kopin benefiting disproportionately.
Significant Transactions By Those “In The Know”
In January of 2017, Goertek took at 10.1% stake in Kopin at a price of $3.25 per-share. For those who are not aware, Geortek is the largest Original Device Manufacturer of VR and AR headsets in the world. Many consider Goertek to be the “FOXCONN of wearables.” Major Consumer Electronics companies already use Goertek to design and manufacture VR headsets. The reason Goertek has partnered with, and invested in, Kopin is to access the full suite of AMLCD & OLED micro display, optical, and Whisper noise cancellation technology that Kopin offers. Geortek and Kopin have already designed a mobile VR headset called “Elf” which uses Kopin’s new OLED micro display technology.
In addition to Goertek’s investment, the company’s CEO Dr. John Fan purchased 250,000 shares at $3.21 per-share on November 9, 2017. I see this sizable purchase by the CEO as further validation that Kopin’s share price is likely undervalued at current levels.
These two large transactions by industry insiders tell us that there is significant upside from $3.25 per-share.
Long term, I see Kopin trading north of $20.00 per share once revenue starts to ramp with broad AR and mobile VR adoption. Millions of AR and VR devices will ship annually with Kopin technology inside at that point. On the path to that valuation, I see Kopin trading between $7.00 and $10.00 following CES.
Disclosure:I am/we are long KOPN.
I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
Samsung’s Galaxy J line is quite popular among users who are looking for a brand device that’s not too expensive. The J5 (2017) exhibits new materials and design compared to the previous generation. But how does it go about it in terms of performance? Let’s find out.
✓Quality of materials and assembly
✓Battery life time
✕Lack of notification LED
✕Keys are not backlit
✕Price too high
✕MicroUSB instead of Type C
Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) release date and price
The 2017 generation of the J5 is sold in the US as the Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017). It’s available from Amazon for $204 in black, gold, blue and pink. It’s also available from Samsung UK’s website for £249 in black and gold, under the name Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017). There is only one model with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD up to 256 GB.
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) design and build quality
Don’t expect the same design, use of materials and build quality as the previous generation because Samsung has decided to improve the Galaxy J5 (2017). The smartphone abandons the plastic in favor of a body of 146.2 x 71.3 x 8 mm and 160 grams made entirely of metal.
The design is not original, but you should appreciate the upgrade of the materials used and the good assembly. The J5 thus adopts a classic Samsung look, rounded corners, logo on the opaque case and above the display, power button on the right and volume control on the left.
Back and multitasking keys are not backlit
To insert SIM and microSD you will need to use the trays on the left edge, which can be pulled out with the pin included in the purchase box. The model I tested is the dual SIM version: the smallest slot is dedicated to the main SIM card, while the largest slot is dedicated to the second SIM card and microSD card.
On the body you can see the thin black stripes of the antennas and the non-protuding camera section highlighted by the silvery frame. On the front you’ll find the clickable home button that also acts as a fingerprint reader, also present in the J7 but omitted in the J3. Alongside the reader are the back and multitasking keys, but they are not backlit, a shame. The notification LED is also absent.
The Galaxy J5 (2017) houses the speaker laterally on the right (as on the A series), while along the lower edge it leaves room for the headphone mini jack and miniUSB port (no Type C). The keys are all easily reachable, are solid and respond to commands. The smartphone guarantees good ergonomics and does not slip even when resting on flat surfaces. The general look is similar to that of the Galaxy A5 (2017) but forget the certification against water and dust.
Included in the purchase package is the 1.55 A charger, the microUSB charging cable and a pair of headphones with microphone.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) display
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) mounts a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen and thus sits between the 5.5-inch J7 and the 5-inch J3. The resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels in 282 ppi. The screen is pleasantly bright and can be read even in sunlight. From the settings you can set the brightness automatically and the brightness sensor does its job.
The colors are bright, those typical of Samsung. From the dedicated menu you can balance colors to change the appearance of white tones, choose one of the four screen modes (Adctive, AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED Photos, Basic) and activate the blue light filter so you don’t strain your eyes too hard during your nocturnal readings.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) software
The Galaxy J5 (2017), like its siblings, runs Android 7.0 Nougat. Samsung could not opt for the latest version of the software, but at least we find Samsung Experience in version 8.1. Security patches are stationary until June.
Double Messenger (Settings>Advanced Functions) lets you create a second account for apps like Facebook and Skype.
The interface is fluid and pleasant to use but don’t expect a chip. The app drawer is accessible with a swipe upwards, but you need a side swipe to scroll between apps. Bloatware is limited to brand apps, Google, Upday for news management and the Microsoft app package. Pre-installed apps cannot be uninstalled but disabled by pressing and holding for a few seconds.
Like the Galaxy A, you can enjoy Game Launcher and secure your content in Personal Area. The possibility to customize the color of the folders with a simple tap. With a side swipe on the unlock screen you can manage the songs you are listening to. I was surprised to find the Dual Messenger (Settings>Advanced Functions) that allows you to create a second account for apps like Facebook and Skype just like with the Twin App on Huawei devices.
16GB of internal memory isn’t much but with the use of microSD you won’t have any space problems. Apps open a little bit slowly. It’s a smartphone that isn’t designed for intensive multitasking or gamers. It’s got NFC.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) performance
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) incorporates an Exynos 7870 octa-core 1.6GHz processor flanked by the Mali T830MP2 GPU T830MP2 graphics drive, 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. Performance is good for a processor and device of this range. This means that in everyday use, such as managing emails, calling, swiping, scrolling through Facebook, web searches and videos, you won’t have any problems.
The fingerprint reader is not one of the fastest but during my test it did not make a mistake. I found it convenient, as on the A5, the speaker placed on the right during the playback of videos or games less demanding. The NFC is present but, compared to the A series, there is no Always On that you can still have by downloading a dedicated app from the Play Store.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) benchmark
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Google Octane 2.0
Galaxy J5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) audio
The Galaxy J5 has a single speaker placed on the right that doesn’t disappoint in terms of audio experience but doesn’t work miracles. I found the maximum volume a bit low but, moreover, it’s not a smartphone designed for multimedia and during calls you won’t have any problems with volume or reception.
Accessing the Audio Quality and Effects submenu you can put your hand on the equalizer to handle bass and treble, allowing you to customize the audio to your preferences. There’s also integrated FM radio.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) camera
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) improves in the photographic sector compared to the previous generation: there are two 13MP cameras (S Sony IMX258 sensor) with f/1.7 on the back and f/1.9 on the front. Alongside the LED flash this provides good shots when the light is good. When light conditions deteriorate, the results are affected. Considering the range of the J line, the results are good.
With a swipe from right to left you can access real-time effects, a nice feature for those who like to share their shots on social platforms, including basic Pro mode that allows you to customize some parameters such as ISO and white balance. The selfie quality is good and the colors are close to the real ones. With the Galaxy J5 (2017) you can shoot 1080p videos.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) battery
The 3000 mAh battery is one of the strengths of this smartphone. Coupled with an undemanding HD screen, it can guarantee an average of one and a half days with standard use of the device that reaches up to two if limited to calls, whatsapp and a few Facebook checks.
In our PC test Mark the Galaxy J5 (2017) reached 9 hours and 9 minutes.
In our PC Mark test, the Galaxy J5 (2017) reached 9 hours and 9 minutes. If you’re looking for a better performing device, you can stay with your family and focus on the cheaper J3 that has achieved a 12 hour 33 minute result. Unfortunately, the J5 relies on the almost outdated microUSB port for charging. Charging your smartphone completely takes about 2 hours.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) technical specifications
146.2 x 71.3 x 8 mm
1280 x 720 pixels (282 ppi)
7.0 – Nougat
Samsung Exynos 7870
Number of cores:
Max. clock speed:
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.1
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) offers a more elegant design than the previous generation and houses the fingerprint reader. Overall it is an improved version, able to satisfy less demanding users (gamers stay away from this device). Good battery life guaranteed and nice shots in good lighting conditions; even more surprisingly, the selfie is surprising.
I don’t understand why Samsung has decided to discard the notification LED and I understand the list price even less, as it’s difficult to digest for a low end smartphone. On the hardware and software side, there’s nothing mind-blowing and if you find it online for less than $250 (it’s only $204 on Amazon right now), it’s worth thinking about it, hoping that with prolonged use it doesn’t slow down too much. If you find it for over $250 online, it doesn’t quite have enough to justify its cost over alternatives such as the Moto G5 Plus or Huawei P10 Lite.