LG has announced a new LTE-enabled smartphone, dubbed LG F70, at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. Unfortunately, the company has not revealed any details of the availability or pricing of the new LG F70 smartphone. The company’s new smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. The South Korean giant is targeting the LTE consumers worldwide with its new LG F70 smartphone.
The LG F70 comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) IPS display and offers a pixel density of 207ppi. The LG F70 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) alongside 1GB of RAM. It bears 4GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The LG F70 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and also packs a VGA front-facing camera. The smartphone runs on a 2440mAh (removable) battery and measures 127.2×66.4x10mm.
The new LG F70 also comes preloaded with the company’s new advanced UX feature, Knock Code, which is an upgrade to the KnockON feature that was introduced in the flagship 2013 smartphone, the LG G2. The Knock Code feature allows users to both power on and unlock the LG (http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/lg-phones ) smartphone by tapping a personalized pattern on the phone’s screen. According to the company, the new Knock Code feature offers greater security as the pattern is entered on a blank screen using anywhere from two to eight taps, allowing for more than 80,000 possible combinations.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company said, “Not only does the LG F70 offer the best of LTE technology, its hardware and UX are also best-in-class. Utilizing our expertise in the field of 4G technology, we plan to strengthen our leadership in the global market.”
LG may not have revealed its 2014 smartphone line-up but new rumours suggest that the company has plans to launch two premium smartphone soon.
GSM Arena has cited a Korean report which claims that the South Korean handset maker has plans to launch the successor to the LG Optimus G Pro at MWC 2014, while the alleged LG G3 flagship smartphone will be unveiled in May.
Further, the report speculates that LG will be announcing its next flagship smartphone, believed to be dubbed LG G3, in May to counter Samsung’s rumoured Galaxy S5, which is said to be scheduled for a launch in March at a New York event. The report also expects that the alleged LG G Pro sequel will come with a 5.9-inch QHD display, while the rumoured LG G3 is said to come with a 5.2-inch QHD display.
We’ve already heard reports about the yet-to-be-announced LG G3’s specifications, which include a 1440×2560 pixels QHD (Quad-HD) display; an octa-core chipset, believed to be codenamed LG Odin, being developed by the company itself, and also a 16-megapixel rear camera.
Another report had suggested that LG has decided to adopt the fingerprint recognition technology for its next flagship smartphone and has been testing a prototype of the alleged LG G3 with fingerprint scanner.
As per the report, LG has been testing a swipe fingerprint sensor that’s different from what Apple is using on iPhone 5s. The report did not detail much about the upcoming feature on the next flagship from LG, but it is said to come with the regular functions like unlocking the smartphone, and mobile payment authorisations.
LG has announced that it will introduce the Knock feature, previously dubbed KnockON, as a standard feature in the company’s L series II smartphone line-up.
The company claimed that a global maintenance software release will be released in January for the current LG L series II smartphones, which will include the Knock feature. However, the company notes that the availability and specific models to receive the Knock feature will vary according to region and mobile carrier. LG has also not revealed the number of smartphones that will receive the update.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics’ Mobile Communications Company said, “Knock is distinctively an LG UX and a great example of what happens when you marry the latest in mobile technology with consumer-centric insights. No one ever thought that a power button needed to be improved until our engineers wondered why they couldn’t turn the entire screen into a power button.”
LG’s L series II smartphones include LG Optimus L1 II Dual, LG Optimus L7 II Dual, LG Optimus L5II Dual, LG Optimus L3II, and LG Optimus L3II Dual.
The Knock feature was introduced on company’s flagship smartphone, the LG G2 and is company’s version of double tap to unlock and even lock the phone. Later, the feature was included in LG’s G Pad 8.3 tablet followed by the G Flex curved display smartphone. We recently reviewed the LG G Pro Lite, which also had the feature.
LG launched the LG G2 globally back in August. The LG G2 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display, with a pixel density of 423ppi. It is powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor that’s clocked at 2.26GHz. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and offers 16GB and 32GB storage options. The LG G2 comes with a unique design that features the power buttons and the volume rocker at the back of the phone, below the rear camera, instead of the sides of the phone, as is usually the case.