There will be no more LG phones. The company has announced the closure of its mobile division, ending a career of more than 20 years in the sector with a good dose of ups and downs in which there has been room for a good amount of legendary mobiles. Here we show you nine of them and an extra ball.
The day that LG has announced the cessation of its activity in the manufacture of mobile phones seems the right moment to remember the most innovative, revolutionary and memorable mobiles that LG has created throughout its history.
LG Crystal (2009)
We start our list chronologically with the 2009 LG Crystal, the only one on our list that dates back to the pre-Android era. That is, it is about a feature phone from the late feature phone era, with Wi-Fi and applications.
With a 3-inch TFT screen, 3 megapixel camera, the LG Crystal stood out for having a sliding and fully transparent keyboard. This keyboard could be used both as a traditional T-9 keyboard and to perform gestures to launch applications. Its launch price was 450 euros.
LG Optimus 3D (2011)
The LG Optimus 3D is one of his crazy phones that abounded in the early days of Android and that would be difficult to replicate today. Was a mobile with 3D on all four sides: With cameras to capture 3D images (or stereograms) and a screen capable of displaying 3D content without the need for glasses.
With 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 3D was not the cutting edge in power, but it was one of the first to let you take 3D photos and view them in 3D on the same phone, with an interface that integrated 3D elements and an HDMI connector. Its starting price was 220 euros.
LG DoublePlay (2011)
Another mobile from the same year, and that did not leave anyone indifferent was the LG DoublePlay, which combined three elements that are rarely seen together: QWERTY keyboard, sliding body and secondary display. It had a 1GHz Snapdragon Scorpion, 512MB of RAM, and a 3.5-inch main screen.
In 2011, mobile phones with a sliding QWERTY keyboard were still relatively common, but not those that in the middle of the keyboard they incorporated a secondary screen -of 2 inches- with which you could run certain special applications such as viewing SMS, checking the calendar or playing music. His starting price was $ 150 with a contract.
LG Nexus 5 (2013)
In a more mundane terrain and outside the gimmick, LG can boast of having been part of the select group of manufacturers that worked with Google to launch a Nexus terminal. Of these, the Nexus 5 from 2013 is one of the most solvent, receiving an average score of 8.5 in our analysis.
With screen of almost 5 inches and Full HD resolution (An important novelty compared to the Nexus 4, also from LG), the Nexus 5 had the powerful Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM and 8 megapixel main camera, with an iconic design and pure Android. Seven years later, he has not aged badly.
LG G2 (2013)
Cell phones are like melons: some come out good and others not so many. In LG’s long run on Android mobiles, the LG G2 represents the high point of LG, the model in which almost everything went well. In our analysis it reaped an 8.8 average mark.
The LG G2 stood out for its 5.2-inch Full HD IPS screen and reduced frames on its sides and for how much he gave of himself in autonomy the 3,000 mAh battery on board. With Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM and 13 megapixel rear camera. Its starting price was 599 euros.
LG G Flex (2013)
It looks like the result of putting the phone in your jeans and sitting down mercilessly, but the LG G Flex is a real and pretty crazy cell phone that the company released in 2013 as a eccentric high-end with curved and flexible screen.
The utility of the curved screen remains in question, with a flexible 6-inch panel (somewhat large for its time) that was slightly flexible, until it could be completely flattened. As if this wasn’t weird enough, the rear end had a self-repairing layer able to hide small scratches. It was launched for 799 euros.
LG V10 (2015)
LG took us out of the monotony of the string of practically identical mobiles of 2015 with the LG V10, which incorporated a secondary screen on top of the mobile, just above the 5.7-inch main screen.
In practice, the result was something like the great-great-grandfather of the notch or the piercing on the screen, as this additional row in which barely a handful of icons could fit increased the percentage of the screen on the front. The LG V10 was launched with Snapdragon 808, 4 GB of RAM and a 16 megapixel camera, for 699 euros.
LG G5 (2016)
2016 was the year of modular mobiles, with the arrival of the Moto Z and its Moto Mods and the LG G5, which could be opened at the bottom to introduce some of the available modules. Not many were created, having a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC module and an extra battery module focused on photography.
With Snapdragon 820, 5.4-inch 554 dpi screen, and 16 megapixel dual rear camera, the LG G5 was a risky bet And, in a way, the bet did not go very well. Financial results highlighted weak sales of the LG G5 and the company was abandoning modularity in its next high-end. It was launched for 660 euros.
LG Wing (2020)
The most recent innovative mobile from LG is undoubtedly the LG Wing, whose characteristics and appearance do not differ much from any other current 5G mobile, except for a small difference: it has a secondary screen that flips out with a twist.
We have seen many mobiles with two screens: behind, in front, separately … but until the LG Wing we had not seen a mobile with screens in the shape of a crucifix. More screens, more productivity, and the 2020 Android is better prepared for secondary screens. With Snapdragon 765G and 64 MP triple camera with gimbal, the LG Wing went on sale for 1099 euros as a premium mid-range with an unexpected twist.
Extra: LG Rollable (?)
A couple of months ago, and before the rumors of the possible sale or closure of LG’s mobile division intensified, the company briefly showed us the LG Rollable. It was a mobile concept with roll-up screen, capable of resizing.
With an automatic mechanism by which the screen expands or contracts, the LG Rollable screen ranges from 6.4 to 7.4 inches. It was in doubt if LG would end up marketing it and, after the announcement of the closure of the mobile division, LG has confirmed that the LG Rollable will not materialize. Rest in peace.