LG is making good on a promise that its new phones will have a similar design and interface to its flagship G3.
The company announced the L Bello and L Fino on Thursday, two 3G phones targeted at emerging markets. They will first go on sale this month in Latin America, then roll out to other markets in Europe and Asia.
The L Bello has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with a five-inch, 854x480 resolution screen. It has 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.
The L Fino is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, with a 4.5 inches at 800x480 resolution. The Fino also has 1GB of RAM, but 4GB of storage.
Even though these are lower-end devices, they have design similar to the G3 and include many of the LG-specific features and apps. The company recently announced that the design and interface of the G3 would trickle down to new devices. For example, they use the Knock Code software for unlocking the phone by tapping a pattern. The buttons are on the back, a feature that LG calls Rear Key.
The Bello and Fino also have a feature called Touch and Shoot, which lets you tap and hold anywhere on the camera screen to initiate a photo. Both models work with the QuickCircle Case, a front cover with a circle-shaped hole for displaying the time, music controls, calls, and messages.
Both phones ship with Android 4.4.2 and can access the Internet at up to 21Mbps using HSPA+.
Even though this is a budget phone that only runs on 3G, it is a positive move for the Android ecosystem to have a major manufacturer emphasize good design and a consistent experience across its devices. Shipping with KitKat also means a high level of compatibility with apps available in the Google Play Store.