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Entry-level LG Optimus L1 II is announced, priced at $95

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Entry-level LG Optimus L1 II is announced, priced at $95
Entry-level LG Optimus L1 II is announced, priced at $95

LG has announced a new low-end Android smartphone, tailored for the needs of developing markets and budget-conscious consumers. The handset is a member of the company's L-series and will be marketed as the LG Optimus L1 II. 

In terms of hardware specifications, the LG Optimus L1 II is as basic of a smartphone as it could possibly get. It offers a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels, a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM7225A SoC, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded by popping in a microSD card. A 2MP fixed-focus camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio with recording capabilities, and an okay 1540mAh battery are also listed on its specs sheet. The usual connectivity features are also present on the LG Optimus L1 II – 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Android 4.1.2 will come loaded out of the box, customized with interface modifications by LG. 

Clearly, the LG Optimus L1 II is a device meant to be as affordable as possible. Priced at roughly $95 off-contract, it will be competing against low-cost models by Samsung, HTC, Sony, and those white-box handsets from the Far East. The Optimus L1 II will go on sale in Vietnam, Russia, and the UK soon, where it will be available in either black or white. 

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posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:00 5

1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1526; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Why no good dual core processor on any entry level android smartphones??? Like the one on Lumia 520.
even wp8 needs a dual core processor to work flawlessly
android needs higher specs than wp8 & iOS but all entry level at the price range of Lumia 520 comes with lower specs than Lumia 520.
but for $95, 1GHz Snapdragon MSM7225A is pretty fair enough...
good work LG...

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 02:34 3

4. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

It's only $99 in the USA, in my country the 520 goes for $170. Still cheap to me.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:20

2. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)

sigh.. the mobile industry is reaching stagnation and saturation..

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 02:07

3. ianbbaa (Posts: 332; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

looks like x10 mini to me...LG is pushing hard, but i thing L9 was a nice device from them..now they started to copy all others to make a better product. G serie is a galaxy copy....and g2 back buttons, it is their innovation, but saddly not succesfull and "ergonomic" as they think...

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 03:25 1

5. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

lg was able to put android 4.1.2 on a phone w/ 1ghz cpu, 512mb of ram, and 4gb of storage, yet so many "old" phones have these same specs or even better and manufacturers stopped at gingerbread and ics and won't roll out a jelly bean update to them.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 03:41

6. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Every entry-level phones should be equipped with a front facing camera for video chat / call.

A great 2MP autofocus rear camera with flash like SE K750 and front facing camera, is very adequate to meet the needs of people who can’t afford premium or even mid range phone.
I even think vga front facing camera is much more useful than crappy 2 or 3MP rear camera

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:56 1

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Why can't phone manufacturers update their decomissioned mid range phones and sell then for a lower cost? Eg- Sony can sell the decomissioned Xperia U(has a dual core cpu ,front cam , rear flash ) instead of creating a all new phone from scratch

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 09:23

12. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Same can be said about Apple and the iPhone 4.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 10:51

13. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Because a year later the flagships are usually still $400ish new.

Want super cheap phones if you in the US? Go buy a Nexus 4 and the tmobile $30 prepaid plan. It cost like $750 over 2 years + $350 for the nexus 4.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 05:41

7. Q-ART (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)

It may has only name of great " Android " tasteless

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 07:12

11. temuchka1996 (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

i think this is much better than asha

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 17:10

14. JulianGT (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)

so the nokia asha 501 is a better choice?

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