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LG G5 to launch with robot toy, ships in April

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While it is no secret that LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone the G5 will be unveiled in Barcelona on February 21st. One of the biggest mysteries has been its series of teasers that hint of play and friends.

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LG’s first cryptic teaser for the G5 was released on January 12, and was an image of a music box with the words, “play begins.” This was followed by a series of animated GIFs released earlier this month, inviting users to “come meet new friends in the playground” on LG G5 Day.

Sources familiar with the matter tell GadgetMatch that alongside the G5, LG will also release a BB-8 like “robot” that will be controlled with the G5. Our source explained the G5 was designed with the “philosophy of fun” in mind, and that this companion robot can be seen as a “friend.”

The G5 is expected to represent a major design change for LG – with the Korean tech giant abandoning plastic and genuine leather for a more metallic finish. Other details that have emerged include an always on display and a touch enabled smart case.

Following its late February launch, the LG G5 will go on sale in April 2016.

Update: As we first reported last Tuesday, Venture Beat is also corroborating the remote controlled robot toy. The report adds, the toy robot will come equipped with a camera and speakers will be called, “Rolling Bot.” The droid will be launched alongside a slew of other accessories including a 360 degree camera and VR headset.

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LG G5 Hands-On

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LG puts the fun back in function with the announcement of its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the LG G5. It has everything a 2016 flagship is expected to have: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Quick Charge 3.0 that promises 83% of battery after 30 minutes of charging, a fingerprint scanner, quad HD display, USB Type C, Android Marshmallow, and great cameras.

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Sony Xperia X Hands-On

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In a surprise announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony said goodbye to its top of the line Xperia Z smartphone, unveiling in its place a trio of new smartphones collectively referred to as Xperia X.

Specs-wise the new Xperia X line isn’t going to be the most high end smartphone release of 2016 but Sony’s left just enough for the phones to be desirable. (more…)

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Sony Xperia’s Reality

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It’s been a full month since the biggest tech coverage of my life to date. Having finished Legal Management in college, and then eventually making a career in Creatives, never did I think I’d be in Spain, as a journalist, covering one of the world’s biggest tech events.

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