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This article was published on February 16, 2014

LG announces the L Series III, mid-range smartphones with Android KitKat and smart covers

LG announces the L Series III, mid-range smartphones with Android KitKat and smart covers
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

LG is again the first smartphone-maker to get out of the blocks ahead of Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s biggest annual event, in Spain later this month. Fresh from announcing the G Pro 2 last week, the Korean firm has unveiled the third generation of its affordable L Series range.

The L40, L70 and L90 are three smartphones based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Sized between 4.5 and 4.7 inches, each is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, coming with up to 1GB RAM and 4GB/8GB memory. The trio will ship with LG’s smart covers — Quick Window — which, aside from offering protect from bumps and bashes, sports a translucent window to enable users to glimpse information on screen without having to open the cover.

Price and retail launch information are yet to be revealed, but the phones are of interest because they are the first mid- / low-end devices to ship with KitKat. Motorola aside, the latest flavor of Android is still to really roll out to the global Android user base.

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Here’s the spec sheet for each device — they are primarily designed for emerging markets, hence the lack of support for LTE:

L90

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
  • Display: 4.7-inch IPS (960 x 540) qHD
  • Memory: 8GB / 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 8.0MP / 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2,540mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 131.6 x 66.0 x 9.7mm
  • Network: 3G (HSPA+21Mbps)

L70

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
  • Display: 4.5-inch IPS (800 x 400)
  • Memory: 4GB / 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 8.0MP or 5.0MP / VGA (depending on market)
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 127.2 x 66.8 x 9.5mm
  • Network: 3G (HSPA+21Mbps)

L40

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
  • Display: 3.5-inch (480 x 320)
  • Memory: 4GB / 512MB RAM
  • Camera: 3.0MP
  • Battery: 1,700mAh or 1,540mAh (removable / depending on market)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 109.4 x 59.0 x 11.9mm
  • Network: 3G (HSDPA+14.4Mbps)

If you still want more, LG has further images of the devices in this video of the design story:

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