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LG’s Foldable Films May Feature In Samsung’s Upcoming Phones
August 2, 2016 – Written By Jayant Chakravarti
While it may seem to the layman on the street that intensely competitive phone makers do not see eye to eye, the truth is that a lot of companies depend on many other companies, sometimes their staunch rivals, for essential components of their devices and even link multi-year deals to keep the supplies rolling in. An example of this is the widely-reported news that Samsung will be manufacturing OLED displays for Apple’s future iPhones. In a turn of events, it is now being reported that Samsung is planning on sourcing 2-metal chip-on-films from fellow Korean phone maker LG for its upcoming Galaxy phones with curved displays.

LG hasn’t been faring too well in the smartphone market of late but in terms of creating new display technologies, the company has been right up there with the best. Back in January, LG was awarded a patent for a wraparound display which could wrap around a smartphone’s body and recently filed a fresh patent application for a smartphone display with 21:9 aspect ratio- a kind only available in theatres. While Samsung has so far invested heavily in reducing its dependence on outside suppliers, like in the case of Exynos chips replacing Snapdragon chips on some of its device models, its de facto chief Lee Jae-Yong intends to go for the best components for Galaxy phones no matter who produces them. As of now, it seems that LG’s 2-metal chip-on-films, which connect smartphone displays with internal circuitry, are ideally placed to be shipped out to Samsung as they are foldable unlike those manufactured by companies that Samsung has been scouting.LG.logo_

SONY xa ultra

xaThe rest of the Xperia XA Ultra is quite similar to the smaller XA, which (it is no secret) is our favorite looking phone of the new Xperia X line. Aside from the screen, of course, Ultra is Sony speak for a 6″ screen.

It has a higher resolution, 1080p, which makes it sharper to boot. And slender it is too – the narrowest 6″ phone in our database, despite its metal sides.

LG

LG is announcing its competitor for Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 at an event in San Francisco on September 6. As we get closer to that date, the Korean company keeps teasing the V20 – most recently a few hours ago, when it once again emphasized the phone’s audio capabilities.

If the teaser campaign doesn’t interest you, then how about some leaked renders of the LG V20? We’ve seen some before, and now we have some more courtesy of an unnamed case maker. Click on the thumbnails below for the full-res pictures.

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LG V20

The handset is inside a case in all images, but thankfully said case is transparent so we get a very good look at the V20 from a lot of angles. The design shown in these shots is pretty much identical to what we’ve seen in the first batch of leaked renders earlier this month. And since we’re so close to the V20’s introduction, we assume these are probably indicative of what the finished product will actually look like in real life.

The V20 will be the first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It’s expected to go on pre-order on September 14 and become available on September 23 – at least in the US. It will probably sport a 5.7-inch QHD touchscreen, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset at the helm, and 4GB of RAM. As you can see from the pictures, on the back it has a dual camera arrangement with laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, as well as a fingerprint sensor. On the front, above the main screen we have a small secondary display reminiscent of the one in the V10, to the left of which is either a dual selfie camera or one unit and a LED flash.

Yahama r25

UPCOMING

Expected price:

2.70 Lac – 2.90 Lac

Expected Launch Date:  Jan 2017 – jun2017

Yamaha YZF-R25

Yamaha YZF-R25 Overview

The new YZF-R25 is the latest entrant in the quarter-litre segment from Yamaha. Globally unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the R25 is arguably one of the most-awaited bikes of the recent time. The new Japanese hooligan will reach India around the end of this year and will be a direct competitor to the segments leaders like Honda CBR 250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the upcoming RC Series of KTM. Being a Japanese and more specifically a Yamaha blood, the new R25 will most probably become a glorious offering in the Indian market.

Yamaha YZF-R25 Expected Engine

The R25 will be powered by a twin-cylinder, 250cc, water-cooled engine that will produce between 30-35 BHP power. Unusually, the bike sits on a new tubular frame unlike the R15 that is underpinned with perimeter frame. Stopping power will come from disc brake at both ends while telescopic shock absorbers at the front and mono-shock setup at the rear will address the road undulations.

Yamaha YZF-R25 Expected Features

As said by the manufacturer, the R25 has taken its inspiration from the YZR-M1, Yamaha’s Moto GP bike, persuading us to expect the terms like dynamic character, agile handling and fierce performance from this little monster. Yamaha is introducing the R25 on 20th May in Indonesia, although, Indian market is not expected to get it before the festive season of this year.

Yamaha YZF-R25 Expected Prices

Expect it to fall in price bracket of Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh, it will be the new knight in the quarter-litre segment, post its introduction in India.