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LG unveils new 5.5 inch QHD LCD screen – a real game-changer for the industry

LG is back to work and just announced a new 5.5” LCD screen for its G4. Last year’s G3 had a nice 2560x1440p LCD screen with nice sharpness, but that’s about it, since colors and brightness were not the best of the bunch. This year’s flagship will have it all, as LG says, because a new and improved screen could solve ALL the problems.


LG new screen



The new screen has the same 1440p resolution at an incredible 538 pixel per inch density. The new LCD screen should have more vibrant colors and 120% sRGB color gamut. The contrast is said to be 50% higher than LG G3’s panel and the brightness is improved by 30% without draining more energy.

The new Advanced In-Cell Touch technology increases accuracy and reduces thickness because of its ingenious combination of touch sensors with the LCD. This would make the screen usable even when you’ll have water droplets obstructing the view. The smartphone is not expected to be waterproof though.

LG G4 will launch sometime this month, on April 28th, when they will hold the “leathery” event in London, Paris and New York and on April 29th, when the event will take place in Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul.


LG announcement


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LG Display Launches 5.5-inch QHD LCD Panel for Smartphones to Achieve

a Quantum Jump in Color Gamut and Brightness

Display incorporates Perfect Touch Sensitivity


Seoul, Korea (April, 3 2015) – LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it has launched a QHD (Quad High Definition) LCD panel for smartphones that represents a quantum jump in terms of key features, including color gamut, brightness, contrast ratio, touch function, power consumption and thinness. The company has started the mass production of the 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel with IPS technology for mobile devices that will be used in LG Electronics’ forthcoming flagship smartphone to be unveiled at the end of the month.

The display provides richer and more accurate colors with a 120 percent color gamut, exceeding the 100 percent gamut offered on conventional panels, for mobile devices (based on sRGB*).The QHD display has 1,440 x 2,560 resolution, four times higher than HD resolution (720 x 1,280), and the number of pixels per inch is 538 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) on the 5.5-inch panel size.

The new panel also adopted Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) technology which offers excellent touch sensitivity so that it can respond to touch commands even with water drops on the screen. The display boasts advancements in other major image quality features, with a contrast ratio that is 50 percent higher than conventional QHD LCD panels, while the brightness has increased by 30 percent without any increase in power consumption. A brighter screen and higher contrast ratio makes it easier for users to view the smartphone display in bright outdoor conditions.

The company received certification from Intertek, the leading provider of product safety testing and certification, for the superiority of the color gamut, brightness, and contrast ratio in the 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel.

LG Display employed three leading technologies to achieve the superior specifications of the new display: high color gamut LED, Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) and photo-alignment.

The high color gamut LED technology provides more accurate colors in red and green by combining a blue LED chip with red and green phosphors instead of combining the blue LED chip with a yellow phosphor used in conventional LED backlights. LG Display has achieved a 20 percent improvement in color gamut with this technology.   


Developed by LG Display, AIT represents an improvement over conventional ‘In-Cell touch technology’. Instead of placing the touch panel on top of the LCD, the touch sensor is embedded within the LCD. This results in a slimmer design and an excellent touch response as the thickness of the panel is reduced by eliminating the need for an additional space for touch functions.

The photo-alignment technology uses UV light to form a liquid crystal alignment layer in the display panel, which helps achieve a higher contrast ratio by aligning the liquid crystals evenly to reduce light leakage. The higher contrast ratio contributes to deeper blacks and brighter colors that create a sharper picture quality.

Mr. Byeong-Koo Kim, Vice President of the IT/Mobile Development Group at LG Display said, “The company has maximized the essential display functions for mobile devices from touch to color gamut by using the latest technology and accumulated expertise.” He added, “LG Display will continue to develop products that can offer the best user experience not only for smartphones, but also for tablets and notebook PCs.” 

*sRGB:  Standard RGB color space established jointly by HP and Microsoft in 1996 for use on monitors, printers and the Internet.[/box]


Source: LG NewsRoom via AndroidPolice

Deals News

LG G3 Vigor exclusive on AT&T – what to expect from the handset?

LG G3 Vigor is the rebranded version of G3 Beat and it seems that the device IS an LG G3 with a twist. The device has back-facing buttons, a larger display and a neat camera, but it does not compare to the best resolution ever found in an US device at the moment: 2K, held by LG G3.

LG G3 Vigor hardware specs:

  • 5” 720×1280 IPS LCS screen at 294 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 MP pack camera with 1080p and 30fps video options.

The device has the Laser Auto Focus tech and it seems it will sell at $49.99 USD with a 2 year AT&T contract or $334.99 USD off-contract. The device will be available starting September 26.

Source: Slashgear


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HTC One E8 shown – an upper mid-level device for the global market

HTC shows the new One E8, a mid-range device destined for greatness. The device has a polycarbonate body and may present dual SIM slot. Although the phone doesn’t mention a price or a specific launch date, it will surely be available soon and become an upper mid-range device.

HTC One E8, source HTC
HTC One E8, source HTC

HTC One E8 has a 5 inch screen at a 1080 p resolution similar to the M8 device. It has a Snapdragon 801 processor with 2 GB or RAM. The device is just a bit curvier than the One M8 and it also possesses the usual front-facing Boomsound speakers. The smartphone has one camera with a 13 MP sensor and a second “selfie maker” with a 5 MP sensor. Everything runs on a 2600 mAh battery and 16 GB of storage space with the possibility of augmenting the space with a microSD.

HTC One E8 will be available for sale in white, blue, red and black. It will run on the same Android KitKat 4.4.2 with the Sense 6 UI. HTC is already close to making some new Dot View cases for it too! The dual SIM version will be available for India, Hong Kong and similar Asian markets and the standard LTE version will soon get to the US market.

Source: HTC

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LG revealed QHD LCD display – to launch with LG G3 soon?

LG revealed its QHD LCD display for the new LG G3 that will launch soon. The display is internationally certified by NEMKO and it will be launched really soon, sources say –  a rumored bearer for the new display being LG G3.

The panel is 5.5 inch large and it has the resolution of 2560 x1440, reaching a pixel density of 538 ppi. The panel doesn’t just cram pixels in there, as it gives a much better performance and it overcomes usual technical difficulties in what concerns high density pixel counts.

QHD display, source NDTV
QHD display, source NDTV

The panel brings 100% RGB reproduction and a higher brightness level, plus sharper images and text even when the user zooms in. The display is said to allow users to watch even Blu Ray quality videos in extraordinary detail. The panel is a bit thin as well – 1.2 mm – and it has a 1.15 mm large bezel.

Considering LG says it will launch the panel in a new phone by July, the rumor is we will find it in the new LG G3 that is bound to launch soon. We don’t know if the flagship will indeed use the QHD LCD panel, but we will soon find out!


CF Lumen – the app that adjusts color settings according to sunrise and sunset

CF Lumen, the oh-so-popular app found on Gingerbread devices can now be used on KitKat devices as well! If what Chainfire says is true, people still want the night mode and color adjustment apps, which means at least one of them has to be ported to KitKat devices, right?

Right! CF Lumen is now available on Google store and it offers the usual possible adjustments of color on your screen. The app allows you to adjust colors and color temperatures on your phone or tablet and brings tones in line with the changing eye expectations in relation to the sun. If it does relate to sun light, CF Lumen reacts well to artificial lighting as well, and presents a sleep mode which turns the screen red to keep your eyes from straining. Users can override the service or use the light sensors on basically any device to adjust settings.

The app has color filters and a colorblind setting that redistributes colors across the spectrum, thus enhancing screen clarity and color detail.

The app can be used in Google Maps as well to set locations in order to adapt settings to sunrise and sunset times and it can make the phone or tablet vibrate for haptic feedback in the case of some UI components.

For some users the app may not work as it still is a work in progress and it does require KitKat devices to be rooted. It is said by the developers to be available for KitKat devices.

Linux shell

Screen start issues

Screen is a tool that allows users to resume a session after they have disconnected. Screen prevents a session from “timing out” or disconnecting SSH connections or local terminal emulators. A single Screen session has the ability to host multiple sessions or “windows.”

I just spun up a new ubuntu 12.04 VPS and installed some basics, I needed to use the screen utility but for some reason i was having issues with screen starting up. well it seems screen didn’t create the socket storage directory and kept giving me this error :

Cannot make directory ‘/var/run/screen’: Permission denied

It’s a very simple fix :

  • sudo mkdir /var/run/screen
  • sudo chmod 775 /var/run/screen
  • sudo chgrp utmp /var/run/screen