The 5-inch LG K7 smartphone has just launched on T-Mobile
The LG K7, just by the naming alone, doesn't sound anywhere near as exciting as the prospect of the upcoming G5. This is especially apparent when one considers its alternate moniker -- the LG Tribute 5. In reality, the recently unveiled budget handset couldn't be much different from what we've heard and seen of the firm's impending flagship. The K7 is cheap and scarcely approaching cheerful, scrimps in almost every aspect, and even at $99, is probably not the best deal on the market. Nonetheless, it does offer 4G LTE connectivity, which is not always found in the sub-$100 category, and T-Mobile has now joined Boost Mobile in adding this device to its roster.
Announced at CES, the K7 is part of a larger family that encompasses the LG K4 and K10. As we saw in our hands-on with the K7, the design is archetypal LG, and while it doesn't offer the grandeur seen at the company's higher end, its profile is by no means vulgar.
Under the hood, though, there's little to get excited about, particularly as T-Mo wants $140 for the LG K7. At a time when many entry-level devices can still churn out a half-decent performance, the K7 includes a Snapdragon 210 SoC clocked at 1.1 GHz, one solitary gigabyte of RAM and 8 gigs of on-board storage. The fact that a microSD can be slotted in is ideal if you wish to store additional data, though snaps captured on the 5 megapixel front and rear shooters will probably be closer to potato-cam than Instagram.
The LG K7 includes a 2125 mAh battery, a 5-inch, 480 x 854 display and runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. With Marshmallow slowly but surely making its way to devices across the board, there's a slight chance that this device will receive an update at some point. We're not holding our breath on this one, though.
If you are interested in the K7 on T-Mobile, please do check the source. Here's a link to our hands-on coverage as a refresher, and below, you can catch a few snaps of the handset in the flesh.