LG unveils F70, a 4G, mid-range 4.5″ smartphone with KitKat

LG F70

Look at the size of this thing. Imagine if it was this large and fearsome.

While everyone’s been focusing on the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, companies like LG have been pushing out phones that people really need. And it seems that the phone we want, are all mid-range, like the brand new F70, a 4.5-inch smartphone with 4G internet… Android 4.4?

The F70 (not the airplane) continues the trend we’ve noticed from MWC, that of tech companies pushing middle-range devices into our eager hands. The F70 is no different from the Sony Xperia M1 in that respect, and runs a 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, has a 5MP camera and excitingly, comes with a removable 2440mAh battery, says The Next Web.

LG says that the “thin bezel and smooth rear design contribute to its ease of usability and comfortable grip.” A comfy grip is not to be sneezed at, or on. Think of the more expensive phones such as the HTC One or iPhone 5 — those buggers have edges that could slice an eyelash in half.

Other “fun” features (our idea of fun are innovative software updates) include Knock Code — tap the screen in a morse code fashion to unlock the device, even when the display’s off — and Easy Launcher, a simplified homescreen which we think we first saw with the LG G2. It’s not something that we’d ever use as it’s a little too simplified, but it’s great to see LG caring for not only the mid-range market, but “entry-level users” as well. For the spec conscious, here’s the full hardware list for the LG F70:

– Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
– Display: 4.5-inch WVGA IPS (800 x 480, 207 ppi)
– Memory: 4 GB / 1 GB RAM / microSD slot (up to 32 GB)
– Camera: Rear 5.0MP AF / Front VGA (640 x 480)
– Battery: 2,440mAh (removable)
– Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Size: 127.2 x 66.4 x 10.0mm

As LG prepares to increase its market presence in the 4G market, phones like the F70 will clearly help assist the company in further cementing its position as a mid-range smarthphone leader. Oh, and it comes in black or white. No word yet on price or release date, but we all love surprises, don’t we?

Steven Norris: grumpy curmudgeon


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