LG's Optimus L Series Earns a Set of Sequels
LG today announced a second-generation of its L Series Android smartphones, the L3II, the L5II, and the L7II. As with last year's models, they three new devices range from entry-level to mid-range. The L Series II devices share a number of features, including LG's QuickMemo app, as well as Quick Button, a personalized hot key, and Safety Care, a preprogrammed emergency option. They also encompass new design elements that LG calls Seamless Layout, Laser Cut Contour, and Smart LED Lighting for the home button. All three use in-plane switching LCD panels and will be available in dual-SIM and single SIM variants.
- L7II: The largest of the three L Series II smartphones has a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash, dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor with 768MB of RAM, and a 2,460mAh battery. It also uses LG's QSlide and QuickTranslator user interface features. The L7II will ship in Russia this week with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
- L5II: This middle model of this trio features a 4.0-inch WVGA display and 1,700mAh battery. More details were not made available by LG.
- L3II: The smallest of the bunch has a 3.2-inch QVGA display and a 1,540mAh battery. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
Sony's XA1 and XA1 Ultra Find a Home In the Middle
Sony today announced the XA1 and XA1 Ultra, two mid-range Android smartphones. These devices rely on the same design language seen on Sony's pricier handsets and share almost all internal components.
LG Debuts Four Mid-Tier Devices
LG today announced four new smartphones that target the middle of the market. The devices will run Android 5.0 Lollipop with LG's user experience, and are named the Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy.
LG Reveals Mid-Range K Series Ahead of CES
LG has announced a handful of K Series handsets that round out its roster of affordable devices. Shared features between the devices include removable batteries, Bluetooth 4.x, WiFi, support for 3G/4G networks, and support for memory cards.
Samsung Intros Refreshed Galaxy A Series
Samsung today announced the Galaxy A7, A5, and A3, three new handsets that fill in the middle of Samsung's lineup of Android phones. All three phones feature metal frames, glass front and back panels, IP68 protection against water and dust, dedicated camera buttons, and support for Samsung Pay.