LG announces new 5-inch G3 Beat smartphone, available in South Korea July 18

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LG has announced a new mid-tier smartphone dubbed the L3 Beat, which features a 5.0-inch display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8 GB of bulit-in storage, an 8 MP rear camera with laser auto-focus, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

The phone runs Android 4.4.2 and is compatible with the standard 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and LTE connections commonly found in mid-range devices. Of course, LG’s Smart Keyboard is also present, along with other LG staples like QuickMemo+ and Gesture Shot.

Black, silver, and gold versions of G3 Beat will go on sale in the South Korean market on July 18th, followed by a rollout in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe. There’s no word yet on when this specific model will reach North America, though according to My LG Phones, a device by the same name was just approved by the U.S. FCC.

Hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live (Video)

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Android Wear devices are finally here and the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the first two available, arriving just before the Moto 360′s release later this summer. These two Android Wear smartwatches pave the way for similar devices in the future and set somewhat of a standard that can be improved upon.

Today we’re taking a closer look at both smartwatches, but if you’d like to see a comparison between the two, be sure to check out our previous article here or our initial Android Wear review. Meanwhile, let’s pop open these boxes and go hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Check out our video overview below.

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AT&T now accepting pre-orders for the LG G3 smartphone, starting at $199.99

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AT&T has proceeded with its plans of accepting pre-orders for the LG G3 on its website, with the smartphone now available for $199.99 when activated on a new two-year contract. The handset can also be paid for in monthly installments of $29.00 for 20 months through the AT&T Next program, or purchased outright for $579.99 with a qualifying voice and data plan. The device is available in Metallic Black and Silk White.  Read more

LG announces G Pad 10.1 global launch plans

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Today, LG announced the launch of the G Pad 10.1, the company’s largest tablet in its product line. As suggested by its name, this working class slate features a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 WXGA display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies and video calls. The two major selling points of LG’s new tablet are its beefy 8,000mAh battery and the fact that it ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, so it’s almost up to date in terms of software.

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