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Liveblog: LG Press Conference

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Jan 9, 2012, 10:41 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Jan 9, 2012, 10:58 AM

We're live at the LG's press conference at CES.

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Jan 9, 2012, 11:52 AM: That's a wrap! Event - and liveblog - over.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:51 AM: Showing a TV commercial pimping the HD video content from ESPN on the Spectrum.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:50 AM: Available January 19th for $200 with two-year contract.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:48 AM: ESPN launching mobile HD video in 720p.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:45 AM: Launching "before the end of this month"

Jan 9, 2012, 11:44 AM: Jeff Dietel from Verizon on video link.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:43 AM: 1830 mAh battery

Jan 9, 2012, 11:43 AM: LG Spectrum for Verizon is official. Comes with Android 2.3, upgradeable to 4.0 / 8mp camera with 1080p video / 4G LTE / 1.5 GHz dual-core processor / 4.5-inch true HD IPS display

Jan 9, 2012, 11:41 AM: Tim O'Brien, VP, Marketing for US mobile phones, has taken the stage.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:40 AM: Now for phones!

Jan 9, 2012, 11:35 AM: Next product category: appliances. It looks like they're saving the best - phones - for last.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:30 AM: (Oh how embarrassing. Just in time to announce new TVs, the giant main projector on stage (presumably made by LG) just went half-dead. The colors are all wrong.)

Jan 9, 2012, 11:28 AM: First up: home entertainment. Sit tight for phones.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:28 AM: Now for actual US product announcements!

Jan 9, 2012, 11:25 AM: Oh man. He's talking about "blast chiller" technology in a new fridge. It can chill a can in five minutes (versus the usual 40.) "Perfect for a cold beer on a hot summer day." Now I'm thirsty. Damn.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:22 AM: (now talking about smart fridges)

Jan 9, 2012, 11:22 AM: So no actual phone announcement YET, just hyping general LG technology so far.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:21 AM: Now onto VMware software, allowing two Android OSes on one phone, one for work and one for personal, ensuring corporate security.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:20 AM: Talking up "true HD IPS" display technology.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:19 AM: LG taking credit for nearly all LTE "world first" acheivements.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:18 AM: Phones!

Jan 9, 2012, 11:17 AM: ...still talking about TVs...

Jan 9, 2012, 11:12 AM: Nano-technology TVs... (put it in phones already!)

Jan 9, 2012, 11:11 AM: Dr. Scott Ahn, President and CTO of LG Electronics worldwide, has taken the stage.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:08 AM: In mobile phones, LG improved its brand awareness in the US. (Notably absent was any mention of sales or market share.)

Jan 9, 2012, 11:05 AM: Wayne Park giving a business update. Sales up, yada yada.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:03 AM: John Taylor, VP of Public Affairs & Comms for LG Electronics USA, is on stage introducing Wayne Park, President & CEO for LG Electronics USA. John's cracking jokes about CES and Vegas.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:01 AM: One minute until washing machines, fridges, and TVs so big they must be made for Andre the Giant. Oh, and the Spectrum for Verizon.

Jan 9, 2012, 10:55 AM: Five minutes!

Jan 9, 2012, 10:54 AM: The phone on stage perfectly matches leaked photos of a phone rumored to be called the "Spectrum". The rumor mill also speaks of a January 19th release date.

Jan 9, 2012, 10:51 AM: Last year at this event, LG introduced the Optimus 2X, although the T-Mobile version (the G2x) wasn't announced until later in the year. This year, the US seem to be more of a focus with a Verizon phone on stage.

Jan 9, 2012, 10:43 AM: We're seated right up front to bring you LG's new LTE phone for Verizon as it's announced on stage. The event starts in just under 20 minutes.

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