LG Announces Two Optimus F Series Phones, ‘F’ for Fast

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First, I’ll take just a quick moment to say “I called it.” After reviewing LG’s ‘Closer to Barcelona’ ad that was dropped on us earlier in the week, I speculated that their ‘F’ in “Freedom” could allude to some sort of fast-speed wireless series (the race car driver imagery somewhat gave it away though, I will admit.)

Thursday morning, the Korean company released a statement announcing their upcoming Optimus F Series smartphones. With plans of rolling out two new phones, the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 at Mobile World Congress next week, the line of devices has a need for speed. Delivering fast 4G LTE speeds, both phones will additionally include advanced UX features and will pack Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS.

Previously found only on the company’s top-tier phones, the upcoming F Series will similarly feature upgraded QSlide and Live Zooming. QSlide allows users to simultaneously have two full-screen apps open at once and to customize how they appear on screen. The app includes all of your essentials: video, web browser, memo, calendar and calculator. Live Zooming will let you zoom in on a specific portion of the screen while watching a video.

“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 con-sumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn’t just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It’s for everyone.”

The Optimus F5 sports a 4.3-inch IPS display and runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and the “largest in class” 2,150mAh battery. Slightly bigger and better, the Optimus F7 has a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, running on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and powered on a 2,540mAh battery.

Here’s the complete spec sheet:

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

The LG F Series is expected to reach international availability in the second-quarter of 2013, starting first in Europe. Further details like pricing will be announced closer to the release date.


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