LG is trademarking a bunch of odd ‘X’ names, but why?

LG G5 bootloop trouble
Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends
LG is planning to extend its new range of X-series devices, according to trademarks registered in South Korea. The company’s not giving anything away yet, and there’s no evidence any of the names filed will become real products, but they’re a tantalizing glimpse of what may be to come. The names are the X Suit, X Skin, X Classic, and Slim. What could they be?

Right now, there’s no answer to this question, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate. LG recently launched two X-series smartphones, the X Screen and the X Cam, which came along just before the LG G5. Both incorporated features we’d seen on the LG V10, or which would later become part of the LG G5, but neither stood out for being tech powerhouses. What they could be, is part of an expanding series of devices, based on these trademarks.

While all four new names could lend themselves to smartphones, they could also work particularly well attached to smartwatches or other wearables. LG isn’t a stranger to wearables, but after quickly releasing the G Watch, G Watch R, and Watch Urbane, it slowed down, and hasn’t released a new smartwatch since last year. Although the LTE-equipped second generation Watch Urbane is about to go on sale, it’s still a device from 2015.

LG also needs more Friends, or more precisely, it needs more Friends that are compatible with the LG G5, either as modules or complementary hardware like the 360 VR headset. A series of new smartwatches, fitness trackers, or other wearables may fit the bill. Samsung already differentiates its Gear S2 models using the Classic name, and we know LG’s a fan of stylish designs thanks to the Watch Urbane, which at the time of release was unusually attractive for a smartwatch. A smartwatch with a business look called the X Suit, or a watch made for smaller wrists called the X Slim? Sounds plausible enough.

However, all this is speculation based on a set of trademarked names that may, or may not, ever be used on real devices. We’ll keep you updated on LG’s plans for these intriguing products right here.

Mobile

Why Honor’s new screen is the hole-y grail in quest to ditch the notch

Honor will release a smartphone with an in-screen camera in the new year, a trend which is gathering momentum in the industry. Honor said it has cracked the formula, and explains what's special about its All-View Display.
Product Review

With sapphire glass and analog dials, you'd never know this watch is smart

The world of hybrid smartwatches is getting much larger, and the latest comes from a name with history — New York Standard Watches. In our NYSW GTS Activity Tracker review, we find out what makes this watch special, and why we were so…
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Mobile

The LG V40 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, and Watch W7 are discounted for the holidays

LG announced a series of deals for the holiday season where you can buy the company's two flagship phones, the V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ, as well as its latest smartwatch, for between $150 and $200 off, depending on the device.
Wearables

These are the best smartwatches for everything from fashion to fitness

Tempted to buy a smartwatch? If so, then the growing number of great models available means you've got plenty to choose from. But which one should you pick? Here is our list of the best smartwatches.
Smart Home

These activists are hacking housing problems in NYC using apps and data

There are 1.2 million people living in "deficient" housing in New York City and now these coders are making easy-to-use, intuitive apps designed to give tenants a fighting chance against unscrupulous landlords.
Mobile

Google Assistant will alert you if it thinks your flight will be delayed

Google Assistant will soon be able to alert you if your flight is delayed. Using historical flight status data and machine learning, the service can even predict a flight delay before it's been officially confirmed.
Mobile

Forget 3 being a crowd, 4 is the magic number on the Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei's sequel to the P20 Pro, the P30 Pro, has already started to leak ahead of its 2019 announcement and release. The company is likely to improve even further on the P20 Pro's excellent camera.
Deals

Here are 19 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great stocking stuffer ideas), we've rounded up 19 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth…
Mobile

How to use Samsung’s Bixby assistant for all of your smartphone tasks

Samsung Bixby is a powerful tool, but not the most intuitive one we've encountered. Here's how to set up and use every feature of Samsung's digital assistant, as well as what to expect in the future.
Mobile

Declutter your life with our favorite wireless chargers for Android and iPhones

We checked out the best wireless phone chargers to make tangles and uncooperative ports a thing of the past. Whether you have an iPhone or Android, find out which wireless charging pads are worth buying, and how their features compare.
Mobile

Microsoft patent filing shows wearable that mitigates involuntary movements

A patent application from Microsoft has shown the company is looking into using wearable technology to alleviate symptoms from various diseases and disorders that cause involuntary movements.
Mobile

AT&T makes 5G a reality for a dozen U.S. cities, with more to come in 2019

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.
Mobile

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.