LG V10 goes official with 2 Displays, 2 Front Facing Cameras and much more!

LG officially announced the high-end V10 smartphone with secondary display and a duo of front-facing cameras. The Korean manufacturer’s latest flagship phablet will hit the shelves in Korea this month in five different color schemes – Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, and Opal Blue.

Just as the leaks suggested, the defining feature of the LG V10 is an secondary display located above the handset’s 5.7” QHD unit. The 2.1” additional screen has a resolution of 1040 x 160 pixels and can display app shortcuts and other relevant information in always on mode.

In addition to ints rather unique display setup, LG V10 packs a duo of 5MP front-facing cameras. One of the units has a standard angle lens, while the other on offers a wide angle solution for easy group selfies.

LG V10 features a body with 316L stainless steel frame and display covered by dual-layer Gorilla Glass 4.The removable back cover of the device is made of silicon-like material dubbed Dura Skin.

Specs-wise, LG V10 packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable memory via microSD card slot. A fingerprint sensor that’s embedded in the power button, Hi-Fi DAC, full connectivity suite, and 3,000mAh removable battery are also on board. The handset boots Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The main camera of the smartphone is the same 16MP unit with f/1.8 lens and laser autofocus found in LG G4. This time around, LG has brought manual controls even to the smartphone’s camcorder. Users can even adjust the sound volume of the clips they record.

Physical measures of the LG V10 are 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm. Its weight tips the scale at 192 grams.

LG V10 will also launch in the United States, China, as well as other markets in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Specific launch details about each market will be announced in the near future.


New Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio: everything you need to know!


The new Chromecast devices have finally been unveiled by Google and not content with making your TV a far smarter device, with the new Chromecast Audio it’s also looking to do the same for your stereo too.

Both devices have just been shown off at the latest Google event, with a new hockey puck design and beefed-up WiFi capabilities to offer high-res streaming to and from your devices.


Google Chromecast (2015)


Price £30
Dimensions 51.9 x 51.9 x 13.49mm
Weight 39.1g
Maximum resolution 1080p
WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Ports and connections HDMI, Micro-USB
Power 5V, 1A power supply
Availability 29 September 2015

The new Chromecast runs in almost exactly the same way as the original device – it plugs directly into a spare HDMI port on your television and allows you to ‘Cast’ from your phone or tablet and have the output on your screen.

It connects to your home network, running via your router rather than being directly connected between device and TV. That way you can carry on using your mobile device without interrupting what’s going on the screen, so if you get a phone call you can chat away without that being broadcast to everyone watching the TV.

New shape

The most obvious thing is the change in shape. The new Chromecast is a 51.9mm diameter disc with an attached, flexible HDMI cable.

That’s quite a departure from the USB dongle aesthetic of the original device. And it also means the new Chromecast can fit in a wider range of televisions without needing a HDMI extension to fit.

You can also choose a range of colours too.

The traditional black device is available at all retailers, while the lemonade and coral options are only available from the Google Store exclusively.

New hardware

But it’s the new hardware that will make more of a difference.

The improved WiFi 802.11ac connection now allows access to the 5GHz band as well as the standard 2.4GHz band. This offers it greater bandwidth to stream higher bitrate content.

It’s also got a newly designed antenna array which allows it to keep the signal strong to keep buffering to an absolute minimum.


The new Chromecast has wide compatibility. Obviously it is totally compatible with Chromebooks and Android devices, but also iPhone, iPad and Mac and Windows laptops.


There are a host of new applications that offer direct ‘Cast’ buttons from the app themselves. Google Photos, Spotify, 7digital and iPlayer Radio are all now Cast-enabled.

There are also a bunch of existing applications already Cast-enabled, such as Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer, BT Sport and NOW TV.

The new Chromecast application has also been completely redesigned to help discovery, showing different options for you to watch at any one time. All the options it offers are sourced from the applications which are already installed on your phone or tablet. It’s essentially Universal Search for everyone.


Google doesn’t want to let the likes of Amazon and Apple run off with the big-screencasual gaming fun with their new Fire TV and new Apple TV respectively, with the new Chromecast Google is looking to create more mobile games that are Cast-enabled to be played on your TV. It’s not just a question of mirroring the screen either as the device itself is being touted as the controller which will offer new ways of interacting with the games.


Chromecast Audio


Price £30
Dimensions 51.9 x 51.9 x 13.49mm
Weight 30.7g
WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Ports and connections 3.5mm jack (analogue and optical), Micro-USB
Power 5V, 1A power supply
Availability September 29 2015

Working almost exactly like the video-based Chromecast, the new Chromecast Audio will do for the off-grid stereo what the original Chromecast has done for the unconnected television – all for the price of a cheap pair of headphones.


The Chromecast Audio simply plugs into any spare AUX/line input, RCA or optical input on your existing stereo and will turn it into a network connected audio player. Again it plugs into your home network, so you can still go ahead and use your phone or tablet for whatever you want without interrupting your Spotify stream.

And again, it’s all using the same improved WiFi connection that the new Chromecast is rocking so high-res audio, from the likes of 7digital, is definitely on the table.


All the Cast-enabled audio applications that have been announced around the new Chromecast are perfectly ready for the Chromecast Audio – having Spotify on there is a definite boon running straight out of the app itself.


As well as using your own devices you can also enable ‘Guest Mode’ to allow people you don’t want to give your WiFi password to send music to your Chromecast Audio. Google is also looking to crush the multiroom audio market too because it’s set to upgrade the Chromecast Audio later this year with a multiroom synchronisation OTA update.


Google announces the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P!

Nexus 6P

As has been widely expected, Google revealed two new smartphones in its Nexus line today at a press event in San Francisco. The two new phones—the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P—are new flagship phones that feature the pure Google experience without any outside bloatware, third-party skins, or apps. Nexus phones are historically rated very high, and it doesn’t seem like that will be changing.

The new Nexus phones sport better cameras with low light performance being a key focus point. They also feature fingerprint sensors on the rear of the device that look similar in design to Touch ID. Both phones will run Google’s latest Android Marshmallow update.

Nexus 2015

The Nexus 5X is manufactured by LG and is a plastic body 5.2″ phone sporting a 1080p display. The larger Nexus 6P is made by Huawei. It features an aluminum body (frost white, aluminum, and graphite), and a 5.7″ screen with a 1440p display. Both phones are capable of shooting 4K video.

Pre-orders for the new Nexus phones start today. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 unlocked, and the larger Nexus 6P starts at $499.

The Nexus 6P

The Nexus 5X

Both phones feature the new USB Type-C reversible USB connection for charging. This is the same USB connection found on the new 12″ MacBook, and Google’s own Chromebook Pixel laptops.

The headlining feature with both of these devices seem to be cameras. Google is really drumming up the low light performance of the cameras and even compared the Nexus 6P camera to the camera found in the iPhone 6s Plus.

Nexus 6P Camera

Google says that the large pixel size results in better low light photography. The new iPhone, with its larger amount of pixels when compared to the previous generation, features smaller pixels in order to pack them into a similar footprint as before. It’s hard to argue with the math, but only a true real-world side-by-side test will reveal the truth of the matter.

At any rate, these both seem like solid phones. Obviously the 6P is the more premium of the two, with its larger screen and aluminum body, but the 5.2″ Nexus 5X, with its $379 starting price, seems pretty appealing for the masses.


IFA 2015: Sony Unveils the Xperia Z5, Compact and Premium with World first 4K Display!

Sony unveils next-generation smartphone camera with Xperia™ Z5 and Xperia™ Z5 Compact, and the world’s first 4K¹ smartphone² Xperia™ Z5 Premium

The Sony Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Compact are now official. The new generation “mainstream” flagship and its pocket-friendlier brother were just announced at a press event two days before the IFA expo opens to the public.

The regular-sized Xperia Z5 comes with the familiar 5.2-inch diagonal established with the Z2, and the Z5 Compact retains the 4.6 inches of the last Z3 Compact. The Z5 has a FullHD panel with a 428ppi density, while the Compact sticks to 720p resolution, resulting in 323ppi. Both displays are IPS units with the TRILUMINOUS and X-reality technologies inside and undisclosed make chemical tempered glass on top.Xperia-Z5-Header

Sony Xperia Z5

The mighty Snapdragon 810 powers both smartphones with a dual quad-core CPU, ticking at up to 2GHz, and Adreno 430 GPU. You get 3GB of RAM on the vanilla model, but only 2GB on the Compact. Both models will have 32GB of built-in storage, though the Compact may ship with half than in certain markets. The microSD slot is universally available, though. The entire Xperia Z5 family will run on Android 5.1.1 upon launch.

Number one on the new features list is the 23MP camera. It uses a custom-made sensor, exclusive to Sony, housed behind a 24mm-equivalent f/2.0 lens. The sensor’s effective area is actually larger, as we’ll try to explain, and you’ll be able to shoot 23MP images in 4:3 aspect or 20MP in 16:9. The camera app has been thoroughly redesigned as well for a more contemporary look and improved usability.


The Xperia Z5 bears a strong resemblance to the previous model, but a few new design elements clearly set it apart. Chief among those is the reworked power button, now doubling as a fingerprint sensor. The now aluminum frame has an Xperia logo engraved on the side, while a frosted back panel replaces the glossy predecessor, aiming to put an end to smudgy backs and to achieve a more unified look between front and sides.

Measuring 146mm x 72mm x 7.3mm, the Z5 is identical to the Z3 in terms of dimensions and thus marginally thicker than the Z3+. Weighing in at 154g it’s heavier than either of the two older generations, but its battery is smaller, at 2,900mAh. Both have IP68 certification for the lineup’s signature dust and water resistance.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

SCR42-Z5The Xperia Z5 Compact shares the fingerprint sensor and the Xperia logo in the frame but looks a lot chunkier. It measures 127mm x 65mm x 8.9mm so it’s not really thin, it’s just that the Z3 Compact did a much better job at masking its waistline. The 138g of heft are justified here by the 2,700mAh cell capacity.

The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available in the more formal White and Graphite Black, but also Gold and Green, while the Z5 Compact spices things up with Yellow and Coral. The smartphones will be on store shelves globally starting in October, but pricing remains to be detailed.

Xperia Z5 Premium


Capturing and displaying true to live images has long been close to Sony’s heart and today they revitalized that passion. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the first to reach the next benchmark in display smartphone technology – 4K resolution – and comes with a much-improved camera to match.

The 4K Triluminos display is an IPS panel has 3,840 x 2,160px resolution, that’s four times 1080p or just over 8MP. It puts 806ppi pixel density in the palm of your hand for crystal clarity of 4K footage from Netflix, YouTube or some that you’ve shot yourself.

You can do that with the brand new camera, the first major upgrade since the Z1. The Xperia Z5 Premium packs a new 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor with 23MP resolution (shared with the other Z5s). The sensor sits behind a Sony G Lens with an f/2.0 aperture and tech borrowed from Sony’s α line of lenses.

The camera captures 4K videos with improved Intelligent Active Mode and SteadyShot technology for smooth, sharp videos at day and at night. ISO for videos goes up to 3,200, for photos the maximum jumps to 12,800.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a stainless steel frame (unlike the other Z5s, which are made from aluminum). It’s painted in Black, Gold or the unique Chrome option (a mirror finish). The body is IP65/68 rated – dust-tight and waterproof with a cap-less USB port.

A new addition to the Z family is the fingerprint sensor on the redesigned Power key. Things naturally flow from waking the phone with the key to unlocking it with the sensor, which also supports the FIDO standard for online payment services.

The phone runs Sony-flavored Android 5.1, naturally, powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB of RAM. You get 32GB of storage out of the box and can add up to 200GB more with a microSD card if you need extra room for those 4K videos.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will launch globally in November, pricing will be revealed around that time. It will come in single and dual-SIM versions, both of which support Cat. 6 LTE.