It’s the end of another week of action packed tech, and as is the norm, it’s time for me to write down my weekly column, “Winners and Losers”. Also, it wouldn’t be a surprise that LG is an easy loser of the week pick because – guess what? But what if I tell you we had to pick the same company as the winner too? Read on to find out why.
But before that, let’s take a quick look at what else has happened in the engineering world over the past 7 days. While this week had some of the launches, most of them weren’t entirely relevant to Europe, and some of the launches were – all I can tell you – boring!
An interesting phone that was officially unveiled this week is the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2. This is Lenovo’s answer to the Asus ROG Phone 5 and has top notch features like the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 12/16 / 18GB RAM and 256/512 GB storage options. The battery is not as massive as the ROG Phone 5, but still a giant at 5,500 mAh.
Where this Lenovo phone outperforms the ROG Phone 5 (by a small margin) is in the fast charge section, with this device supporting 65W fast charge. The Legion Phone Duel 2 will first go on sale in China. The European availability is set for May 2021.
Nokia was also in the news this week after announcing the launch of 6 new budget / affordable smartphones. However, a look at the phones is more likely to suggest that the company launched three phones and one more Pro variant of the same phones. The new devices are as follows.
- Nokia X10
- Nokia X20
- Nokia G10
- Nokia G20
- Nokia C10
- Nokia C20
For more information on these phones, check out our dedicated starter article.
Samsung is reportedly preparing a successor to the Galaxy A80 from 2019. This phone will be launched in Korea as the Galaxy Quantum 2, while the international variant could be christened the Samsung Galaxy A82. While the Galaxy A80 was famous for its flip-up camera, the Quantum 2 is expected to be a “normal” smartphone with no such features. Interestingly, the phone will likely run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon855 + and have a 6.7-inch AMOLED display running at 120 Hz.
The next news will also relate to Samsung. The company developed its own flagship killer in 2020 – the Galaxy S20 FE in two flavors – a 4G version equipped with Exynos and a 5G version equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. In 2021, the Exynos-based 4G variant appears to have been discontinued in favor of a new 4G variant that uses the Snapdragon 865+. If you are wondering why Samsung is doing these confusing things with its flagship phones, you should check out our article on the same topic.
Another interesting piece of news this week was an iOS 14 adoption rate report. Since its release, over 90 percent of iOS devices have been updated to the latest stable version of the operating system. This is in contrast to only 25 percent of users (in the US) who updated to the latest stable version of Android (Android 11).
Now let’s get to this week’s winners and losers.
Winners and losers of the week: LG gets both crowns this week!
This is not the first time that a company has managed to claim both the winners ‘and losers’ crowns in the same week. Well, most of you know why LG was an easy pick as Loser of the Week. Earlier this week, the company made the dreaded announcement that it would close its troubled smartphone division. This meant curtains for a 19 year old saga that made some of the most interesting smartphone designs we have ever seen. In fact, even when it was on its deathbed, LG’s beleaguered smartphone department was working on the very interesting “rollable phone” that, unfortunately, will never see the light of day. From a purely business point of view, LG’s smartphone division was a complete idiot – and so it’s easy to crown our loser for this week.
But why on earth did we pick the same company as our winner for this week? Well there are three reasons.
- We didn’t really find a suitable winner (sigh!)
- LG has announced its preliminary quarterly report – and guess what? The company is actually doing it well!
- LG Smartphones announced their update schedule for their existing, relatively new phones. And it looks like the company won’t let its smartphone users down.
As you have already read, at the same time that LG Electronics decided to discontinue its Smartphones division, it also announced its preliminary report for the first quarter of 2021, which announced that the results are spectacular. In fact, the company’s sales and operating profit have grown significantly since last year.
Then there was confirmation from LG to its smartphone owners about operating system and software updates for the next three years. The update warranty applies to premium phones from the company launched after 2019 and includes G-Series and V-Series devices, as well as the LG Velvet and LG Wing.
While it’s been a terrible week for you if you happened to be one of those rare LG fanboys, the silver lining is that the entire company is much better now. And who knows, if things get better in the future, they might as well be staging a comeback !?