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New LG mid-range smartphones roll out globally

LG mid-range Android smartphones March 2015 rollout
New LG mid-range smartphones
The Joy, Magna, Leon, and Spirit Android handsets were unveiled one week before MWC 2015 and now they launch globally, starting with South America, but Europe and North America will follow soon as well.

LG announced the mid-range Joy, Magna, Spirit, and Leon handsets less than a week before the debut of MWC 2015. All are mid-range Android smartphones that come in both 3G and 4G LTE variants, except LG Joy, which is only available with 3G connectivity. They feature display sizes between 4 and 5 inches in size. According to the official press release, this smartphone family "was noted for bringing sophisticated design, optimized performance and effortless user experience to a broader range of consumers" at MWC 2015.

The specs and features of these new smartphones are similar - the LTE-capable Magna, Leon, and Spirit have a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, while their 3G counterparts sport a 1.3 GHz quad-core SoC (no other details available yet). The remaining highlights include HD or WVGA screens, rear 8 MP or 5 MP cameras with VGA to 5 MP front snappers, up to 1 GB memory and 8 GB internal storage.

While the Magna, Leon, and Spirit come loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the lower-end Joy only has Android 4.4 KitKat and, given its 512 MB memory specification, it will not get an official Lollipop update for sure. We will get back to these new smartphones inspired by the notorious LG G3 flagship as soon as availability and pricing for the US market get unveiled.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-30 (Update: 2015-03-30)