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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.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.


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