25th Apr 2013
LG India displayed some of their flagship products from various categories this week in their LG Tech Show 2013. Other than the ultra-premium offerings, there were some interesting products that caught our eye. Here are a few that we thought were the highlights of the Tech Show.
Indian television seems to have sudden spurts of hunting down talent, as there seems to be no end to the talent shows making rounds these days. So if you are an Indian Idol aspirant, and don't have a gadget that does justice when recording your vocal chords, or are just looking at embarrassing your friends at a karaoke night, then you can do it in the comfort of your own home. The LG Song Star aims to be something like that. It packs in over 4000 songs in nine languages including English, Hindi and other regional languages, in music genres such as classic, rock, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary.
The device comes with the Echo Key Control and Tempo Control to let you sing without feeling crowded, and there's a Real Time Score rating too. You can queue up as many as 45 songs in its Song Reservation listing. The gadget is available in two variants, NK230 (with a Wired Mic), and NK330 (with a Wired Mic and an additional Wireless sub-Mic). While pricing details haven't been revealed yet, it is expected to start retailing by June 2013.
But if you don't want to sing along and aspire to be a DJ, or simply wish to have a party that the whole colony will know about, then the CM9730 – X Boom is a better pick. The automatic sound system is said to pack in 2300W RMS (25000W PMPO) of output, and features a DJ sound effect module called Smart DJ. This function offers 5 types of voice effects, 6 samples of beat box, and 7 kinds of DJ effects, mixing music on the fly. It claims to offer vibrant bass and doesn't distort sounds even at high volumes. In addition to the 2 USB inputs, the music system can also connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth, so you don't need to take requests either.
Finally, the Optimus G Pro Comes To India!
Those waiting to lay their hands on LG's latest flagship smartphone, the Optimus G Pro, can now breathe easy. The over-sized phone packs in a 5.5" Full HD IPS screen, and runs Android Jelly Bean out of the box. The 4G LTE compliant smartphone is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2 GB of RAM. It also packs in a massive 3140 mAh battery, 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and 2.1 mp front-facing snapper. 32 GB of internal storage and microSD card support for up to 64 GB should comfortably take care of storing your apps and data. The exact pricing hasn't been announced yet, but is expected to be just under Rs 40,000. However, potential buyers may have to wait for another quarter to get their hands on this device.
To woo photography enthusiasts further, the company has brought out the portable PD233 Pocket Photo mobile printer. The device can connect with Android as well as iOS smartphones wirelessly using both Bluetooth and NFC technologies, and can print QR codes too. It is said to use some inkless printing technology from ZINK, which claims to give you long-lasting images on a ZINK 2.0 paper.
Laptops And Hybrid PCs
On the personal computing front, LG unveiled the Tab-Book (H160) and LG Z360 Ultrabook. The LG Tab-Book is a tablet-cum-notebook hybrid that runs Windows 8 OS. The 11.6" tablet is 15.9 mm thick and weighs just 1.05 kilos and offers 10 hours of battery backup. The Z360 Ultrabook on the other hand packs in a 1080p IPS 21:9 IPS Ultrawide screen, and 4th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors. It's just 13.6 mm thick, runs Windows 8 OS, and claims to boot up in eight seconds flat.
Home Entertainment With A Twist
Taking home entertainment systems to a new level, the event also saw the unveiling of LG's 100" Laser Display system called HECTO. The projector comes equipped with Ultra Short Throw (UST) unit, which projects images over short distances, as short as 22 inches. HECTO supports Full HD 1080p resolution with a 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The set packs in two built-in 10W speakers, HDMI ports, RS-232, Smart TV capability, and a slim and specially designed LG's CINEMA SCREEN that makes the picture look good irrespective of the intensity of ambient lighting. There's also a provision to connect your DTH set-top box to this unit and watch your TV programs on a 100" screen. The projector bulb can last for 25,000 hours. The entire setup can be purchased for Rs 7.5 lakhs.
Televisions Of The Future
Ultra HD or 4K resolution seems to be on every television makers wish list. While there is a serious lack of 4K content today, most of these tend to upscale image resolution. If you want to be ahead of the time, LG has launched a massive 84" UltraHD TV, which has been priced at a whopping Rs 17 Lakhs. To put things into perspective, the native resolution of this TV is 4 times that of Full HD (1080p) screens.
Last but not the least, LG also unveiled a 55" OLED TV, which supports 3D imagery. The colour reproduction and contrast is absolutely brilliant. What more, the TV screen is just 4 mm thin. Its official pricing and availability isn't yet known, but is expected to be in the range of 9 lakh Rupees. This TV will be available for purchase in India in the second half of 2013.
LG Tech Show 2013 Highlights
From flagship smartphones, OLED TV, laptops, portable photo printers, to 100" projector systems, the show had something for everyone.
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