LG L70 expected to be launched by MetroPCS
While there is no word on when MetroPCS will start selling the LG L70, "soon" is probably a good guess. The carrier should offer the new handset for a low price. In Europe, an unlocked L70 costs less than $250, while in China the phone is available for around $160 - $170.
The LG L70 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and offers LG’s new Knock Code screen unlocking feature. Other than that, the handset comes with a 4.5-inch IPS display (480 x 800 pixels), 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD card support, and a 2,100 mAh battery. For more, you should check out our LG L70 hands-on.
Another new L Series smartphone from LG that’s seemingly headed to the US is the LG L90. This should be released by T-Mobile later this month, on April 23. Perhaps MetroPCS will launch its L70 at about the same time? We'll let you know.
LG L70 for MetroPCS
2. Sam_K (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I don't understand how LG can create another Android smartphone with only 4gb of internal memory instead of spending under $5 more in manufacturing cost to put in 8gb instead. Yes, I know it has a microSD slot but all of the Google apps (that I've installed) and many others (such as Isis Mobile Wallet, WhatsApp, etc) cannot be moved to the microSD card. I have the LG Optimus F3 with the same amount of internal memory and it only has 1.2gb of available internal memory because the rest is used by the Android OS and it's running version 4.1.2. I've moved as many apps as possible to the microSD card and I'm still running out of memory because of all the space used by the Google apps and others that cannot be moved. I'm going to guess that the Android 4.4 in the L70 is going to take more room than Android 4.1.2 in the F3 so that means there will be even less internal memory available for apps in the L70. Not very smart LG. I understand that you want to keep manufacturing cost as low as possible to increase profit but you shouldn't ruin the user experience to save a few dollars on internal memory.
3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2715; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
The reason is simple. Most people looking to buy a phone like this don't download many apps or any at all. If that's an issue for you, you should clearly be looking for a phone in a higher price range.
4. Sam_K (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I'm not looking to get this phone. I was just commenting about LG's decision to put only 4gb of internal memory in this new phone which IMHO is dumb. And it's possible that people who are going to buy this phone won't immediately realize the limitations of it. Do you really think the majority of consumers will know the limitations of a phone like the L70 or that the salesperson will tell them the limitations? Then after getting it they might try to download apps over time as they learn about the capabilities of an Android smartphone and then they'll discover that they can't install much because of the low amount of free space. Then they're stuck with it because they only have a 2 week return period. What kind of impression of LG smartphones do you think that will leave with someone when they can't even install a few apps? I'll bet most consumers don't even know that you can move apps to the microSD card.
I got the LG Optimus F3 for T-Mobile a few weeks ago (so that I could switch to T-Mobile and take advantage of my T-Mobile corporate discount before the discount was discontinued and to hold me over until the 32gb Galaxy S5 is released) and it's ridiculous how there's only 1.2gb of free space on the F3 for apps. You don't even have to download that many apps to fill it up. I've installed most of my apps on the microSD card except for all the Google apps and some other apps that can't be moved to the microSD card. Google Chrome alone takes up almost 10% of the 1.2gb of free internal memory. I'm just saying that it's pointless to make a smartphone that doesn't have enough internal memory to store even a few apps when it only costs a few dollars more to offer a few more gb of free space. The cost difference between 4gb and 8gb of internal memory isn't that much. It's obvious that LG isn't testing low end phones like the Optimus F3 with any apps installed or they'd quickly have learned how it doesn't allow you to install many apps onto internal memory.
5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2715; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I completely hear your argument, but like I said, most people looking to buy phones like this don't really download apps. I have lots of friends who use their smartphones like that--treat them completely like feature phones. Talk & text only. For people like that, 4GB of storage is more than enough. Also, no offense dude, but work on your conciseness. I did you the courtesy of reading your super long post, but you could have made your point with half the words.
6. Sam_K (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I know my post was long but sometimes when you're too brief people assume that you're an idiot or don't know what you're talking about. I figured I should explain why I thought it was short sighted from a consumer perspective for LG to put a low amount of internal memory in a smartphone. Once you ruin the customer experience, you ruin your reputation which is one of the reasons why Apple is so successful (and I'm the furthest thing from an Apple fanboy). I also thought I should explain why I got an F3 when it clearly won't suit my needs.
7. waleed.mp (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)
I completely agree with sam k. I sell lg phones all day. Honestly the most complaints i get about their memory (f3, f6 and l9). At 1st people buy these phones for basic use. 2 weeks later customers come back very unhappy. I understand its a low cost handset but an extra 4gig memory isnt going to break the bank.