LG set to launch four new mid-range Android handsets for Mobile World Congress

We reported almost a week ago about LG's announcement of a new 'luxury' smartwatch that will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Watch Urbane. It looks like the company has more up its sleeve, as it has recently announced four new mid-range Android handsets positioned to appear in the event as well, the LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy.

The specifications for the four handsets are listed below:

LG Magna

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 5-inch HD screen (294 ppi)
  • 1.2/1.3 GHz quad-core processor (depending on market)
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 2540 mAh removable battery

LG Spirit

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 4.7-inch HD screen (312 ppi)
  • 1.2/1.3 GHz quad-core processor (depending on market)
  • 8/5 MP rear camera (depending on market)
  • 1 MP front camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 2100 mAh removable battery

LG Leon

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 4.5-inch FWVGA (220 ppi) screen
  • 1.2/1.3 GHz quad-core processor (depending on market)
  • 8/5 MP rear camera (depending on market)
  • VGA front camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 1900 mAh battery

LG Joy

  • Android 4.4 KitKat/Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 4.0-inch WVGA (233 ppi) screen
  • 1.2/1.3 GHz dual-core processor (depending on market)
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 1 GB/512 MB RAM (depending on market)
  • 8/4 GB internal storage (depending on market)
  • 1900 mAh battery

All four devices will be available in LTE and 3G variants. The LTE devices will sport metallic back covers, while the latter features patterned plastic back covers.

To keep up with the times and trends, LG kept the "selfie" craze in mind for the four new handsets, and tweaked its Gesture Shot feature, which recognizes gestures to initiate a countdown when taking pictures, to incorporate selfie sticks. According to the press release, the feature can now recognize gestures up to 1.5 meters away to make taking selfies with a selfie stick or monopod easier (Belfie sticks, anyone?).

The range also features LG's Glance View, which displays time, messages, and missed calls even when the display is turned off.

Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications, offered his thoughts about the new devices: He stated:

"LG’s new mid-range collection continues our legacy of offering amazing smartphones at reasonable prices. For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn’t how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets.”

Information about the price of the new handsets has not been disclosed. However, LG has stated that rollout will begin this week in selected markets around the globe.

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