LG has recently teased its brand new smartphones that will compose the F line, namely the F5 and the F7. Looking at them we didn’t see anything spectacular in terms of design, so the first thing we’ve thought about is that the specs would be as dull as the appearance of the handsets.
Now, the company has reveled the F5 and the F7 to the public, and our suspicion was confirmed after all. Lets get this straight, I’m not saying the phones are ugly, and their technical specifications are pretty decent (which makes them mid-range devices), but there’s nothing new here. Not to mention that LG has a lot of devices in its portfolio, and many of them have a similar design. It would take a trained eye to distinguish them.
However, LG’s strategy concerns only the company, it’s not really my problem because I’m not actually a fan of their products (except for the Nexus 4). So, lets talk about the phones. The F7, which last years would had be seen as a high-end smartphone, with the current specs can’t surpass the mid-range level. It comes with a 4.7-inch True HD (not to be confused with full HD) IPS display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front shooter, and a 2,540 mAh battery. And yes, it will be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and have support for LTE connectivity.
Yes, the F7 is not a bad phone, and except for the 8GB of internal storage (which is pretty low for the current amount of content demands), there is nothing wrong with it. It’s just, it doesn’t bring anything new to the market. The brand of the processor has not been mentioned, but it will probably be a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4.
The design gives me the idea of a hybrid, if the Optimus G has merged with the Optimus L. However, the bezel is a little big smaller.
The LG F5 in the other hand, is even more dull than the F7. It comes with a 4.3-inch IPS screen with a pixel resolution of only 960 x 540. The processor has been clocked at 1.2 Ghz, and the amount of RAM is 1 GB. The camera has 5 megapixels. The battery of the Lg F5 is pretty decent being a 2,150 mAh one, and the operating system has the same Android version as the one sported on the F7. As for the other specs, they are pretty much the same with 8GB of internal memory, microSD support, and LTE connectivity.
As the F7, the F5 comes as a deja vu because the specs are familiar and are included on another LG smartphone, namely the Optimus L7 2.
The company plans to release the F5 and the F7 all over the world, but details about the prices haven’t been revealed yet. The first one to be released is the LG F5 which will be available to the public sometime in Q2 in Europe. After that, the F7 will be launched on the markets selected by the company. We’ll probably find out more next week, at the Mobile World Congress.
Neither of the phones seem very appealing to be, but in some areas, especially in the emerging markets, they could have a chance.