LG announce two new L Series phones

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LG have always had a lower spec and cheaper range of devices, which up to now had groovy names like LG LII 2, LG have announced the L Fino and L Bello. Much better names. The are basically a 4.5″ low spec phone and a 5″ not quite so low spec phone. They both also feature the rear buttons as well, although in the picture above it’s hard to see on the smaller phone.

LG say that:

The L Fino and L Bello are powerful alternatives to higher-priced smartphones, perfect for teenagers and first-time smartphone owners in emerging 3G markets.

Spec wise they are both pretty basic, but as LG said they are for teenagers and emerging markets. Who don’t apparently care about the spec?

The L Fino specifications are:

■ Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-core.
■ Display: 4.5-inch WVGA IPS (800 x 480 / 207ppi).
■ Memory: 1GB RAM/ 4GB.
■ Camera: Rear 8MP/ Front VGA.
■ Battery: 1,900mAh.
■ Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
■ Size: 127.5 x 67.9 x 11.9mm.
■ Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G).
■ Colors: White / Black / Gold / Red / Green (varies by market).

The L Bello specifications are:

■ Chipset: 1.3GHz Quad-core.
■ Display: 5.0-inch FWVGA IPS (854×480/ 196ppi).
■ Memory: 1GB RAM/ 8GB.
■ Camera: Rear 8MP / Front 1MP.
■ Battery: 2,540mAh.
■ Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
■ Size: 138.2x 70.6x 10.7mm.
■ Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G).
■ Colors: White / Black / Gold.

As regards availability LG said that:

Starting this month, LG will begin rolling out the L Fino and L Bello in key 3G markets in Latin America, with countries in Europe, Asia, and CIS to follow. Prices and additional details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch.

So we might see these in the UK, I guess it depends whether they want to compete with the Lumia 530 and the Moto E really.

As the LG G3 has such a great feature set it isn’t a surprise to see some of those features appear in lower spec devices. Here is what they are including.

Noteworthy highlights of the L Fino and L Bello include:

■ Touch & Shoot helps capture special moments quickly and intuitively by letting users tap anywhere on the display to focus and shoot in one single step.
■ Gesture Shot enables users to simply open and close a hand in front of the lens to start a three-second countdown before triggering the shutter.
■ Front Camera Light reduces the size of the preview screen and adds a bright white background for softer lighting in self-portrait mode.
■ Knock Code™ enables users to unlock their LG smartphones in one easy step by tapping a personalized “knock” pattern on the phone’s display.
■ QuickCircle™ Case gives easy access to frequently used functions such as calling, text messaging, music and camera all from the window without opening the cover.

Overall they could be nice phones, especially the green one, more competition at the low end forces manufacturers to actually create decent products at low price. Like Nokia and Motorola have. Although whether these phones will be in the same price bracket remains to be seen.