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LG launches new phone series

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LG Mobile SA has launched a new series of high- to mid-tier smartphones with premium features – the X Screen and Stylus 2.

LG provided the following information:

X Screen

The LG X Screen is designed to deliver exceptional value to those who want a smartphone with features such as the Second Screen. The Second Screen, a feature which was first introduced in the LG V10, sits above the main 4.93-inch HD display and allows the user to multi task on the handset. This includes App shortcut, favorite contacts, music playing, next schedule, recent apps and quick tools. The Always-on Display allows users to check basic information such as time, date and notifications without turning on the phone, the first mid-tier smartphone to offer this unique feature.

The X Screen’s look is complemented by the crystal-clear glass fiber material that covers the back. The curved edges on its sides create a simple yet elegant design. The LG X Screen runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 2300mAh battery.

The LG X Screen is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core and it comes with 2GB of RAM. The phone has 16GB of internal storage and packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The front glass & rear glass fiber have seamless finishing, and high resolution cameras.

Stylus 2

The Stylus 2 is the Phablet of the season. It combines great viewing experience, sleek design with the stylist pen that is visually slim with a comfortable grip, fast and sharp camera to take your photograph skills to the next level.

LG Stylus 2 comes with a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. It is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core and it comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The phone has 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. The LG Stylus 2 has a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The LG Stylus 2 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh removable battery. The Stylus 2 comes with a titular pen. This long, 107mm wand is incredibly slim and gives users a semi-soft rounded nib that is great for jotting stuff down quickly.

“What’s appealing about the X Screen and Stylus 2,” said Deon Prinsloo, General Manager: LG Mobile SA, “Starting with the X Screen, we’re introducing the best in camera and display technology in a mass-tier device, something that has never been done before. LG Stylus 2 provides both a 5.7 inch screen and premium note taking functionality. ”

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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