LG launches LTE smartphones

2013-02-21 12:32

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Cape Town – LG is expanding its 4G LTE presence with the introduction of its new Optimus F Series ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

With LG’s LTE (Long Term Evolution) technologies or 4G service, the Optimus F Series is designed to bring a user experience and the speed of 4G LTE to a mass audience.

Two devices, the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7, will make their global debut at the show which will be held from 25 to 28 February.

LG’s move to introduce a LTE range comes after Vodacom and MTN rolled out a high-speed LTE network and Apple, Samsung and Nokia launched LTE devices in SA.

The Optimus F5 is a 4G LTE smartphone with a 11cm IPS display running on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and largest-in-class 2 150mAh battery while the Optimus F7 offers a 12cm True HD IPS display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor powered by a large capacity 2 540mAh battery for long lasting performance.

Both devices will be available with the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS and will include advanced UX features such as the upgraded QSlide and Live Zooming, previously only available in LG’s premium devices.

The upgraded QSlide allows users to open two apps at the same time, both in full screen mode. Users can also change the size, position and transparency of QSlide apps according to their preferences.

Functions compatible with QSlide include video, browser, memo, calendar and calculator.

Additional features included in both Optimus F Series devices are QuickMemo, QTranslator, Video Wiz and Safety Care.

The worldwide rollout of the Optimus F5 will begin in the second quarter in Europe, followed soon by the Optimus F7 in selected markets. Exact timing and pricing will be announced later.

The announcement of the expansion of LG's 4G LTE comes after the company announced that their Optimus G Pro smartphone will be launching in South Korea this week.

The company's first full HD smartphone, LG Optimus Pro, has a 14cm 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera and 32GB of storage memory.

The price of the phone was not available and it is unclear whether the device will be launched in SA.

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