HTC might be talking the talk, but it looks like LG is walking the walk as far as budget-friendly mid-range smartphones are concerned. Since the high-end G2 is today pretty much as hot as back when it saw daylight, it’s no wonder the company want to cater to the needs of folks on tighter budgets.
Enter the F90 Volt for Sprint, and L90 for T-Mobile. The latter, unveiled a couple of weeks ago in “international” attire, was photographed by notorious leaker @evleaks with a subtle T-Mobile logo on its back, which means it’s a mere matter of time until the “Uncarrier” starts selling it.
Pricing is a more delicate matter, as I’d hate to play the guessing game and lose. Oh, well, I’ll take a chance and bet on… $300. Full retail cost, that is, with no upfront payment. Looking at Magenta’s current LG product portfolio, the QWERTY Optimus F3Q is $312, while the all-touch Optimus F6 and F3 go for $288 and $240 respectively.
Probably conceived as a slimmer, sleeker version of the Volt, the L90 packs a smaller, but still fairly generous 2,540 mAh battery, the same quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip and superior 1 GB RAM. It also runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out the box, whereas the IPS display is the Achilles’ heel, with a 4.7-inch diagonal and crummy 960 x 540 pixels resolution.
From a design standpoint, the phone’s rear is uncannily similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, though it’s nothing but an unfortunate coincidence. Or is it?