LG to show off new budget smartphones at MWC

​LG Electronics is set to unveil four new budget smartphones aimed at the overseas market at MWC next month.

LG Electronics will use the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to launch four new budget smartphones: The LG Magna, LG Spirit, LG Leon, and LG Joy, each coming in 3G and 4G long-term evolution (LTE) variants.

The higher-tiered Magna and Spirit devices will have slightly curved screens and rounded backs, for the first time in LG's budget models, for better grip. The two will also have in-cell touch displays, a tech previously mostly applied to premium phones, which combines the touch sensor and the LCD to make the devices thinner and more touch sensitive.

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UXs on the company's flagship G series, such as Gesture Shot and Glass View, will also be installed on the new goods.

Gesture Shot, as its name suggests, allows users to take selfies using hand gestures at a range of 1.5 metres, instead of requiring them to press a button. Glass View allows the user to view the time, messages, and missed calls on the screen while the phone is turned off.

Magna has a 5-inch screen, a 1.2/1.3-gigahertz quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel back camera. The front camera is unusually powerful, at 5MP, which LG says is for selfie lovers. It has a 2,540mAh battery.

Spirit has a 4.7-inch display and the same processing power and back camera as its bigger brother.

Leon and Joy come in 4.5-inch and 4-inch screens, respectively, with weaker specs than the larger two.

Except for Joy, the phones all have the latest Android OS, 5.0 Lollipop, installed. The handsets will go on sale in Brazil this month, and will be sold in other regions at a later stage.

LG previously branded its budget model as L for 3G phones and F for LTE.

"We will further strengthen LG Electronics' brand power in the budget smartphones market though product competence," said Juno Cho, head of LG's mobile division, in a statement.

LG will also use MWC to launch its new smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane.

Source: ZDNet Korea (zdnet.co.kr)