LG Announces Four New Mid-Range Smartphones Ahead Of MWC

Apparently, LG couldn't wait until MWC to announce not one, not two, but four of its mid-range smartphones: the Joy, Leon, Spirit and Magna. The devices range from 4.0" to 5.0" screens, but they all have something in common -- a quad-core Cortex A7 CPU and 1 GB of RAM (although the lower-end Joy may come as dual-core and with 512 MB of RAM in some markets).

“LG's new mid-range collection continues our legacy of offering amazing smartphones at reasonable prices," said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn't how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets."

The smallest of the group, the Joy, will come with a 4.0" screen, WVGA resolution (800 x 480), dual- or quad-core Cortex A7 processors, a 5MP rear camera, VGA front-camera, LTE Cat. 4, 4 GB or 8 GB of storage, and 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM (depending on the market). The phone will also come with KitKat in some markets and with Lollipop in others.

The Leon has a 4.5" FWVGA screen (854 x 540), a quad-core 1.2 GHz or 1.3 GHz processor (depending on the market), 8 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 5MP/VGA front-camera, LTE Cat. 4, a 1,900 mAh battery, and it comes with Lollipop out of the box.

The LG Spirit comes with a bigger 4.7" screen with an HD 720p resolution, 1.2/1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, 8MP rear-camera, 5MP or 1MP front-camera, a larger 2,100 mAh battery to make up for the increase in resolution and screen size, LTE Cat. 4, and Lollipop.

Finally, LG's highest-end phone out of the bunch is the Magna, which has a 5.0" screen with HD resolution, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-camera, 2,540 mAh battery, LTE Cat. 4, and of course Lollipop, as well.

LG will begin the rollout of the devices as early as this week in some markets, but the phones will also be available for testing at the Mobile World Congress early next month.

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Lucian Armasu
Lucian Armasu is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers software news and the issues surrounding privacy and security.