Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

LTE

LG's F60 is a low-end, LTE-packing smartphone

LG’s F60 is a 4G LTE handset that otherwise offers middle to low-end specs. The smartphone, which is scheduled to land first in Europe, packs in a number of the company’s software enhancements, including Touch & Shoot and Knock Code.  Read More

Australian telco Telstra says it has demonstrated “live network speeds of 450 Mbps” with L...

LTE or "Long Term Evolution" is the standard that most of the world takes for granted as 4G, but its reign at the top of the wireless tables is set to be eclipsed by its successor – LTE-A, with the A standing for "Advanced." Recent LTE-A tests have demonstrated speeds of up to 300 Mbps, but now Australia’s largest telco Telstra has upped the ante with news of a new world’s fastest: 450 Mbps LTE-A using carrier aggregation.  Read More

The Xshot from China's Vivo benefits from a two-stage physical camera button on the side

As the image quality and resolution of smartphone cameras continue to increase, extra baggage in the shape of a compact camera becomes less and less appealing. China's Vivo is about to release a flagship LTE-capable Android phone that makes a standalone snapper even more of an unnecessary burden. The Xshot features a 13 MP camera at the back with a deliciously fast F1.8 lens and optical image stabilization, and an 8 MP selfie cam to the front, along with 4K video and high-end audio as added pot-sweeteners.  Read More

The HiSense X1 is a handful with its 6.8 inch display

HiSense, a Chinese-based and state-owned manufacturer best known for its range of white goods and other household electrical appliances, is planning to bring its X1 mobile device to the US later this year. With its 6.8-inch display, the device straddles the blurry phablet line between tablet and smartphone.  Read More

In what could be a blessing and a curse for parents of tech-enthused kids, the Kurio 7x 4G...

Techno Source and KD Interactive first made waves in the childrens tablet market by collaborating to produce last year's Wi-Fi Kurio S Series devices. They have now returned to offer full-time parental control and connectivity with a CES debut of the Kurio 7x 4G LTE.  Read More

Chevrolet is launching an online AppShop its LTE-connected vehicles can access

For years now we've been hearing about the dawn of the age of the "connected car." Today General Motors announced details on how it will be taking the phrase literally with its planned rollout of new models that will come with an optional OnStar 4G LTE connection.  Read More

Lenovo's first 4G device, the Vibe Z, measures 7.9 mm (0.31 in) thick, weighs 147 g (5.1 o...

China-based electronics giant Lenovo is set to showcase its new series of smartphones at CES, including its first LTE-enabled handset, the Vibe Z. The company launched six models at last years event, and is looking to continue its expansion into market's outside China by unveiling another four devices this week.  Read More

Audi has equipped the S3 Sportback with the option of LTE 4G

Earlier this year, GM announced a plan to integrate 4G connectivity hardware into a majority of its four-brand line, starting in the 2015 model year. It appears Audi will beat it to the punch, though the German automaker's plan isn't quite as ambitious. Audi has started integrating 4G connectivity into the A3 line.  Read More

LG has revealed the Optimus F Series line of smartphones

Following on from the update to its mid-range Optimus L Series phones, LG has revealed a brand new line of smartphones dubbed the "Optimus F Series." The company is focusing on providing 4G LTE support along with higher processing power with the two new devices, both of which run on the Android 4.1.2 OS.  Read More

LG will be showcasing the LTE-enabled Tab-Book Z160 Ultra tablet/ultrabook hybrid at Mobil...

LG has announced that it will be showing off its new LTE-capable tablet/ultrabook at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. First seen at CES last month, the appropriately-named Tab-Book Ultra Z160 runs a full version of Windows 8 and is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor.  Read More

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