LG Electronics has announced a new smartphone called the F70. The F70 is a 4.5-inch mid-tier smartphone that is targeted at LTE customers. The F70 has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and removable 2440mAh battery, which is one of the largest capacities in its class. The F70 runs on the Google Android KitKat mobile operating system. Other specs include 1GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The LG F70 also features the Easy Home launch, which lets users increase the size of icons and fonts. The LG F70 also features the Knock Code feature. This lets users power on and unlock their smartphone by tapping on a personalized pattern on the screen of the phone.
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LG Electronics has announced the G2 Mini. There are two versions of the LG G2 Mini. You will get a choice between the Snapdragon 400 or NVIDIA Tegra 4i chipset. Both of them will have a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. There is also going to be non-LTE versions available and dual-SIM variants. The display is 4.7 inches (540×960 pixels). The LG G2 Mini runs on Android KitKat (version 4.4 ) with the LG Optimus UI with the Guest Mode feature. The LG G2 Mini has a 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. The battery is 2440mAh, which is user-removable. There is a microSD card slot to expand into 8GB of storage.
The LG Knock Code unlocking feature was announced when the company revealed the G Pro 2 phablet. Above is a video demo of how it works. You will notice that the phone unlocks after the user knocks on the phone four times, which is this user’s custom setting. This feature is not hardware restricted so it may be added to the LG G2 in the Android 4.4 update.
LG Electronics has launched three budget smartphones, which will be debuting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The devices are the L40, L70, and L90. All three of these devices have similar specs and designs except for the display sizes.
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LG has announced the G Pro 2 camera on Wednesday. The G Pro 2 has a 5.9-inch screen, which is larger than the original G Pro’s 5.5-inch panel. This means that the G Pro 2 is as big as the Galaxy Note 3 based on display size and has the same 1920×1080 resolution display.
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LG Electronics Inc. (KRX:066570) has announced that they have shipped 13.2 million smartphones in Q4 2013. This proves that LG is a strong player in Android smartphone sales against rival Samsung. But Samsung still has a marketshare of over 60% in terms of Android sales.
South Korea is upgrading their cellular wireless network and is investing 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) in the project. South Korea’s 5G wireless network will be 1,000 times faster than 4G technology. Users will be download full-length movies in under one second. The 5G service is going to start rolling out in 2017 and should be commercially ready by December 2020.
At CES, LG announced that the LG G Flex was coming to 3 carriers in the U.S. Sprint announced that the G Flex will be coming to their network on January 31st (online) and in retail stores on February 7th. You can buy the G Flex for a down payment of $150 and 24 monthly payments of around $20. The LG G Flex is available for pre-order today. T-Mobile and AT&T is expected to announce their terms for the G Flex soon.