LG announces Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 ahead of MWC

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LG has announced two new smartphones in its F-Series - Optimus F7 and Optimus F5. The Korean smartphone maker had been teasing about the launch of a new series through teaser videos and Facebook posts. However, it was expected that this series will see the light of day at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013. Clearly the company could not wait a week more.

Both LG Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 are 4G LTE smartphones that run on Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).

LG Optimus F5 features a 4.3-inch IPS display with a pixel density of 256ppi. It runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage and 2,150mAh battery. For camera, there is a 5-megapixel rear shooter and 1.3-megapixel one on the front.

Optimus F7 on the other hand offers a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and a pixel density of 312ppi. It is powered by 1.5GHz dual-Core processor with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage available on this smartphone is 8GB, which can be expanded by up to 32GB through a microSD card.

There is an 8-megapixel front shooter while the front one is 1.3-megapixel. LG Optimus F7 packs in 2,540mAh battery.

Both LG Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 include advanced UX features such as the upgraded QSlide and Live Zooming, previously only available on LG's premium devices.

The Korean smartphone maker has so far not announced the pricing for these smartphones. However, it has indicated that the worldwide rollout of the Optimus F5 will begin in the second quarter in Europe, and will be followed by Optimus F7 in selected markets.

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"LG continues to lead the industry with 4G LTE innovation and the Optimus F Series, a well-balanced an well-equipped 4G LTE smartphone for the mass market, embodies the best of our broad LTE patent portfolio and innovative UX features," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With adoption of LTE expected to explode in 2013, we are sending a clear message to consumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn't just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It's for everyone."

Twitter user @evleaks had posted purported picture of these smartphones on Wednesday morning, hours before these smartphones were unveiled.

LG Optimus F5 key specifications

  • 4.3-inch IPS (256 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable to up to 32GB
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2,150mAh battery
  • 126.0 x 64.5 x 9.3mm

LG Optimus F7 key specifications

  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS (312 ppi)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable to up to 32GB
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2,540mAh battery
  • 131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6mm

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