LG updates mid-range Optimus L Series
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last year, LG first revealed the Optimus L Series of smartphones, which featured some middle-of-the-road specs in a slim package. This year, LG brought the L Series back to the MWC with a slew of upgraded features, including a higher-resolution display, longer lasting battery, and a dual SIM card option.
LG is promoting the Optimus L7II right now, which boasts the Android 4.1 OS on a 4.3-inch WVGA IPS display and a 2,460mAh battery. Like the previous model, the L7II also features a 1GHz dual-core chipset and 4GB of internal memory (upgradable through a Micro SD slot), though the rear camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixels. The L Series II will also be offered with dual SIM card models for taking both business and personal calls through the same phone.
LG has yet to reveal complete specs for the Optimus L3II and L5II models, but has stated the L3II will contain a 3.2-inch QVGA IPS display and 1,540mAh battery, while the L5II will use a 4.0-inch WVGA display and 1,700mAh battery.
Aside from some hardware upgrades, LG has also added its own suite of apps, which includes QuickMemo, Quick Button and Safety Care. QuickMemo lets users hand write notes using their fingertip and then share them with others, while Quick Button can personalize hotkeys to launch certain apps. Safety Care comes with three options: Emergency Call Forwarding, Phone Non-Usage Notice, and My Location Notice – the last of these options will contact friends and loved ones in an emergency. Finally, the L7II will include QSlide, which allows two apps to run side-by-side on the same screen, and QuickTranslator, which scans text with the camera and instantly shows a translation.
According to LG, over 10 million L Series phones were sold in the first 10 months of their release, so the company is hoping for similar success with the updated L Series II. No pricing has been revealed yet, but LG is launching the Dual SIM version of the Optimus L7II in Russia this week, with release dates for the L3II and L5II to be announced later.