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LG unveils Optimus F5, F7 smartphones

Published Feb 21st, 2013 9:45PM EST
LG Optimus F7 F5 Release Date

Since almost nothing will actually be announced at Mobile World Congress this year, LG (066570) on Thursday unveiled two new smartphones that will launch later this year. The Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 Android phones look to build on the success of earlier Optimus models while also introducing some key improvements. The mid-range Optimus F5 features a 4.3-inch, 256 ppi display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of  storage, a microSD card slot, 1GB RAM, a 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The higher-end Optimus F7 includes a 4.7-inch, 312 ppi display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, , 2GB RAM, a 2,540mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Both phones will launch in the second quarter, and LG’s full press release follows below.


Two New Devices Deliver Fast 4G LTE Speeds and Advanced Features
for the Masses

SEOUL, Feb. 21, 2013 ㅡ LG is expanding its solid 4G LTE presence with the introduction of its new Optimus F Series at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. With LG’s industry-leading LTE technologies, the Optimus F Series is designed to bring a premium user experience and the speed of 4G LTE to a mass audience. Two devices — Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 — will make their global debut at the show.

The Optimus F5 is a 4G LTE smartphone with a 4.3-inch IPS display running on a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor and largest-in-class 2,150mAh battery while the Optimus F7 offers a 4.7-inch 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 change the size, position and transparency of QSlide apps according to their preferences. Functions now compatible with QSlide include video, browser, memo, calendar and calculator. Live Zooming, previously only seen in the Optimus G, is now standard in the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7. Live Zooming allows the user to zoom into a specific area while watching a video. Additional features included in both Optimus F Series devices are QuickMemo, QTranslator, Video Wiz, Safety Care and much more.

“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.”

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 at a later date.

Optimus F5 Key Specifications:

  • – Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
  • – Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
  • – Display: 4.3-inch IPS (256 ppi)
  • – Size: 126.0 x 64.5 x 9.3mm
  • – Memory: 8 GB / 1 GB RAM / microSD (up to 32GB)
  • – Camera: 5.0 MP AF / 1.3 MP
  • – Battery: 2,150mAh

Optimus F7 Key Specifications:

  • – Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
  • – Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual-Core
  • – Display: 4.7-inch True HD IPS (312 ppi)
  • – Size: 131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6mm
  • – Memory: 8 GB / 2 GB RAM /microSD (up to 32GB)
  • – Camera: 8.0 MP AF / 1.3 MP
  • – Battery: 2,540mAh
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