Interestingly, the price of LG’s 55EA9800 curved OLED TV has fallen quite a bit despite being the only one of its kind in Singapore. Initially launched back in October last year and costing S$14,999 (US$12,051.26), the recommended retail price has recently been adjusted to S$9,999 (US$8,033.91). While this is still a hefty amount for a 55-incher, the S$5,000 (US$4,017.35) cost saving is quite significant in a short 4-month timespan.
In fact, LG is offering an even better deal in the US, complete with a US$1,000 cash rebate in addition to a new US$7,999 price tag. Meanwhile, three UK retailers are enticing consumers there with a generous 3,000-pound (U$5,000) discount.
However, prices of colossal ultra high-definition (UHD) TVs in 84- and 85-inch sizes appear to be holding steady so far. Samsung’s S$49,999 (US$40,172.75) 85S9 and Sony’s S$35,999 (US$28,924.15) Bravia KD-84X9000 are still going at pretty much the same launch price, except for the LG 84LM9600 which now costs S$2,000 (US$1,606.94) less, at S$22,999 (US$18,479.03).
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2. LG G2
Wait, an LG phone in at number two? Believe it people; LG has made a phone that not only impressed us but ran the HTC One very, very close for the top spot.
We don’t know where to start in terms of extolling the virtues of this new handset from the South Korean firm: it’s got an insanely good screen, quality camera, the best audio pumping out from its speakers and headphone jack… the list goes on.
We even came to tolerate, then love, the power and volume buttons being placed on the rear. These aren’t ideal, but the ability to knock on the screen makes it really easy to interact with this impressive device.
There’s so much on offer here that we can’t help but recommend it to anyone looking for the best smartphone powerhouse.
The only things that we dislike are the cluttered UI (pull down the notifications bar and you’ll see why) and the plastic casing, which drops the premium feel of the phone.
But launching at £400 on PAYG, along with comparable contracts to six month old phones, is a really nice touch from LG, and we reckon it’s going to pay dividends.
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LG confirmed last month that it would introduce us to the G Pro 2 in February, but the company never said exactly when in February the meet and greet would go down. Now it looks like we may have a date to circle on our calendars, though, because LG has started to send out invitations for an event in Korea next week.
ZDNet Korea recently received an invitation to an LG shindig on Feb. 13 with the tagline “Knock-knock knockin’ on.” That’s likely a reference to LG’s KnockOn double-tap to wake feature, which it’s used on recent flagship devices like the G2.
When LG revealed its plans to unveil the G Pro 2 in February, many assumed that the Life’s Good crew would be debuting its device at Mobile World Congress, which kicks off on Feb. 24. The company only ever said that the announcement would be taking place in February, though, and so it’s possible that the G Pro 2 could make its first official appearance at this Feb. 13 event. Last year LG took the wraps off of the original Optimus G Pro ahead of MWC, and so it wouldn’t exactly be shocking to see the firm do the same again in 2014 with the G Pro 2.
LG has already revealed that the G Pro 2 will feature a 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS Plus technology, and the rumor mill claims that it’ll also pack goodies like a 6-inch display and 3GB of RAM. Based on the details that are available so far, are you excited for LG’s G Pro 2 to make its official debut?