Samsung and OnePlus continue to dominate the flagship Android market, with contenders like ZTE poking around and potentially Google if the Pixel 6 Pro is real. However, there was a point in time where LG and Samsung would duel it out every year, but sadly, those days have been long gone. The company closed the doors on its smartphone division, but thanks to @FrontTron we now know what LG was working on for its next attempt at a flagship hit.
It's official: LG confirms its smartphone business is dead
Thanks to some leaked promotional materials, complete with English translations, we can see that the Velvet 2 Pro would have kept the overall same design language as the LG Velvet 5G. However, instead of middling around with a Snapdragon 765G, the Velvet 2 Pro sported a proper flagship lineup of specs, headlined by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Paired with that Qualcomm chip were 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,500mAh battery.
The display also would have been flagship-level, which would have come as no surprise, as LG was going to use a 6.8-inch OLED FHD panel equipped with a 120Hz refresh rate. The curved edges might have driven some people crazy, but it also would have had 10-bit HDR support.
Moving to the cameras, the Velvet 2 Pro sported a primary 64MP Sony sensor, along with a 12MP ultrawide and an 8MP telephoto lens. And one of the key features of this camera system would have been the hybrid zoom along with LG making use of a gimbal to provide extra stability in your photos and videos.
Sadly, the LG Velvet 2 Pro is something we can only dream about now, as the company canned the project, and sold a few of the early produced models to employees for pennies on the dollar. It's sad to think that LG is completely gone from making future smartphones, especially considering the fact that we need flagship competition more than ever. Hopefully, Google will fill the void with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but we have to wait until later this year to find out.
We've known for some time since LG is shutting down its smartphone business area. The organization made the declaration back in April of this current year, causing everyone a deep sense of embarrassment. Despite the fact that there had been reports coursing about its flight, they were closed somewhere near LG, and we were all the while expecting to see the eagerly awaited LG Rollable phone available this spring. Be that as it may, it was not to be.
Reality soaked in much more profound on Monday, as May 31st denoted the last day of smartphone creation for the organization, ever.
Despite the fact that LG had effectively started the extensive cycle of dissolving that area of its business, it actually had past agreements to satisfy with different transporters, so it couldn't just leave everything speechless. The remainder of those orders was satisfied on the most recent day of May, as indicated by Asiae.co.kr just as a report from LG.
In spite of the fact that LG smartphone creation is currently formally a relic of days gone by, LG gadgets are as yet available (numerous at truly moderate costs) and LG has vowed to give all top notch phones from 2019 or later a strong three years of programming refreshes. So in case you're down to get yourself one, or effectively own a new LG phone, the closure unquestionably shouldn't keep you from having a pleasant encounter for the following strong while.
The closure of the entire smartphone business is relied upon to be completely finished by July 31st, as per LG reports.
The Vietnam production line that housed it-a focal office in LG's multisectoral business-will remain under a similar organization name. Notwithstanding, creation lines will be obliging home apparatus creation from that date onwards (and previous smartphone creation representatives won't lose their positions, and keep working there).
It stays not yet clear which contending smartphone organization, like Apple or Samsung, will acquire LG's phone piece of the pie once it vanishes totally-a portion of the overall industry that was assessed at a not-inconsequential 10% in 2021 in the U.S. alone (but more in different business sectors).
Recently, LG declared their arrangements to create and deliver a rollable phone in the not so distant future. It was presumably perhaps the most energizing declarations we've heard given how most smartphones all sort of appear to be identical, however lamentably LG later reported that they would be leaving the market, which basically executed off plans for the gadget.
There may be some uplifting news on that front however, on the grounds that a report from @FrontTron on Twitter asserts that LG will obviously be selling its rollable phone, yet just to its representatives in Korea, and probably in restricted amount.
So how could this be uplifting news? This is since, supposing that LG has working units that they have accessible to offer to representatives, there is a decent possibility we will see a portion of those representatives put their units online for resale, allowing us an opportunity to perhaps investigate what might have been. There is no assurance that this will occur so don't get your expectations up presently, however we're keeping our fingers crossed that we'll see more photographs and recordings of the phone in real life.
That being said, LG isn't the solitary organization dealing with rollable phones. We had recently revealed that Oppo was likewise chipping away at a comparative idea, and all the more as of late Samsung additionally took the wraps off their own rollable presentations, so there is as yet an opportunity that rollable phones could enter the market.
Almost 4 days ago, LG announced that it will be shutting down its loss-making smartphone business everywhere in the world and would be focusing more on its growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, robotics, AI and B2B customized services and solutions. The company further added that it will continue to sell it's existing smartphones until the inventory lasts and will provide the software updates and security patches for existing series of smartphones for a limited amount of time that could vary according to region.
LG managed to hold third position on the sales charts in the US for a long time but this wasn't a situation anymore. This decision has also put an end to the future of LG V60 and LG Wing, which were the last high-end smartphones released by the company. But LG was also working on a rollable phone project and was believed to be code-named Rainbow. It seems obvious that these devices will no longer be a reality. LG stated "Not sure how authentic those images are but neither device will be developed any further."
Twitter tipster FrontTron (h/t: XDA-Developers) posted a picture purportedly from Korea's telecommunications regulatory body, showing the rollable phone in the shot. The tipster also posted an image apparently showing the LG Rainbow or V70 flagship, and we see a device that adopts the LG Velvet‘s design philosophy.
Unfortunately, we don't know much about the rollable device but that fact that the phone made its way to a regulatory body suggests that it was near to launching. This might be bad news to the consumers who have recently bought LG smartphones. Despite the fact that these are functional devices, they won't be getting any long-term software support. LG's rollable smartphone seemed promising at one end with a rainbow-style shimmer white rear panel and quad-rear camera system. Do you agree with the company's decision or do you think that the company should have tried a little more with a set of versatile and perhaps a few budget-friendly smartphones in the market? Let us know what you think.
It's just been two days since LG punched out on the smartphone market, yet now we're getting our first true look at what was to be the LG Rollable. LG appeared the gadget at CES 2021, alongside expressing that it would be coming not long from now. As we probably are aware presently, that is not intended to be since the division is being closed down in July, after the organization couldn't auction the division to another organization.
Bidding farewell to LG smartphones and their soul of development
In a foldable world overwhelmed by Samsung, we've seen different organizations take a shot at making something as spellbinding and special as the Z Fold 2. Huawei as of late dispatched the Mate X2 foldable, which appears as though the Z Fold 3 that we would need, while Xiaomi got on board with the foldable trend with the Mi Mix Fold. LG picked to adopt an alternate strategy to "foldables" by offering a connection that cut onto your LG V or G-arrangement gadget. At that point, we saw the LG Wing which looked more like an off-kilter boomerang when spread out.
At CES 2021, LG had a special interest in bringing something genuinely one of a kind to the smartphone market in the LG Rollable. This was a phone that included a 21:9 angle proportion when utilizing it regularly, just to carry out into a 16:10 tablet. This gave an expansion in screen land by 55%, without having to really "close" the gadget.
New breaks have uncovered the LG Rollable on a table encompassed by some estimating tapes, like what we see when another gadget goes through the FCC. There's very little more data to truly go off of here, as we can't perceive what it resembles when the showcase is unrolled. In any case, passing by these holes, we can expect that LG was equipping to dispatch the Rollable economically, which lines up with past tales about a potential March 2021 dispatch.
In any case, the breaks didn't stop there as another hole uncovered what the LG V70 would resemble, as it was likewise being developed. As indicated by the pictures, the V70 was set to have a plan like that of the LG Velvet, with smooth and bended edges dissolving into the edges on the sides. Once more, we don't have the foggiest idea what was to come for the V70, since LG is formally finished with smartphones.