LG’s 2018 flagship with 6.1-inch MLCD+ FullVision display, Snapdragon 845, new design said to be unveiled in June

It is already known that LG will be introducing an enhanced version of the V30 smartphone with A.I features at the MWC 2018 later this months, instead of G6’s successor. Now @evleaks is saying that the next LG flagship will be codenamed ‘Judy’ with a brand new design will be introduced in June. The phone is said to feature a 6.1-inch 18:9 FullVision display, but it will use a MLCD+ panel with white sub-pixel in RGBW matrix offering high, 800-nit brightness while consuming 35% less power compared to IPS LCD panels. It is also said to pack Snapdragon 845 SoC, but it will be coupled only with 4GB of RAM, compared to 6GB in other flagships. It is not clear if it will have an enhanced version like the V30+. It further reveals stereo speakers, 16MP dual rear cameras with f/1.6-aperture, IP68 certification, military-grade durability, wireless charging and more. LG “Judy” rumored specifications 6.1-inch FullVision MLCD+ display with a 18:9 aspect ratio Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with LG UX 16MP dual rear cameras with f/1.6-aperture front camera with wide-angle lens Fingerprint sensor Water, dust resistant (IP68), MIL-STD …
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Boston Dynamics’s SpotMini Just Unveiled a New Trick

SpotMini, Boston Dynamics’s dog-like quadruped robot, is back, and it’s learned a new trick. The robot, which was unveiled in June 2016 and then updated in November 2017, can now open doors and hold them open.

While opening a door is slightly old hat for a Boston Dynamics robot — Atlas barreled through a push-bar door two years ago — SpotMini’s operation is more eloquent. The robot uses its fifth appendage, an arm mounted essentially where a canine’s head would be, to swiftly assess the door, locate and twist the handle, and pull the door open.

In a video released by Boston Dynamics, not only does the new-and-improved SpotMini open the door for itself, it even holds it open for its robot colleague. A portrait of professional collegiality, this is a big step up from the solo activities of washing dishes or rolling over.

Boston Dynamics has made steady progress in their efforts to build robots that move in a life-like manner, whether it’s Atlas’ Homo sapiens-like saunter or SpotMini’s four-legged gallop. The same month they debuted their updated SpotMini, the company made headlines by releasing a video showing their Atlas robot’s back-flipping antics.

The SpotMini’s latest development is confirmation that progress continues to march on behind Boston Dynamics’s doors. But while biomimetic robots are certainly useful — the ability to copy human motion enables these robots to dexterously manipulate objects and navigate complex terrain — they still inspire more fear than awe in many people.

Outlets such as The Verge and Popular Mechanics have noted the similarities between SpotMini and the door-opening velociraptors of Jurassic Park splendor — not exactly a calming comparison, so if you envision these robots taking over the world, you’re not alone.

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Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and 4c unveiled, available February 1 in China

Xiaomi unveiled the new generation of its Android TV box, but not much seems to have changed. The Mi Box 4 comes with a refreshed chipset but still runs Android 6.0. The chipset is an Amlogic S905L and the major addition compared to the old one is Hybrid Log Gamma HDR and HDMI 2.0b support. However, Xiaomi only lists HDMI 2.0a support in the specs (which lacks HLG HDR). That doesn’t matter too much, though, you’re still looking at 4K video decoding at up to 60fps (for HEVC/h.265 files) with HDR10 support. DTS and Dolby Digital Plus ensure high-quality audio, which comes out of the HDMI…

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vivo X20 Plus UD to be officially unveiled on January 24

The vivo X20 Plus UD with a fingerprint scanner under the display will be officially announced on January 24. The date was confirmed by the company that sent out invites for the launch in Beijing. The official invite, sent out by vivo According to TENAA, the phone is expected to have the same basic specs as the vivo X20 Plus – 6.43″ AMOLED with 18:9 ratio and Snapdragon 660 chipset. There is a dual camera on the back with the primary one having a 12 MP sensor and a f/1.8 lens, while the secondary is 5 MP and is used mainly for background blur. We already had a hands-on with a…

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LG X4+ unveiled in Korea: a MIL-STD rated phone with 32-bit DAC

Each of the phones in LG’s X-series has a special skill. The new LG X4+ is rugged with a MIL-STD-810G certification, similar to the X venture though at a lower price point. The X4+ puts battery life ahead of performance with 3,000mAh capacity and a Snapdragon 425 chipset (with 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage). It runs Android 7.0 Nougat on a 5.3″ IPS display (720p resolution, nothing to write home about). This isn’t a simple low-end affair. The phone boasts a high-quality DAC with support for 32-bit 192kHz audio. Or you could listen to FM radio instead. LG Pay is also supported for when you’re…

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