LG has announced four new mid-range phones ahead of Mobile World Congress, and they're getting some trickle-down features from LG's more expensive handsets.
The largest of the group are LG's Magna and Spirit, with 5-inch and 4.7-inch 720p displays, respectively. Both screens will have a slight 3000 mm radius curve, and while that's nothing compared to the 700 mm radius on LG's G Flex, LG hopes it will at least create a more attractive profile. LG is also using in-cell touch displays on both phones, allowing for a slimmer design and narrower borders around the display. (Both phones are chunkier than LG's flagship G3, however, at 10.2 mm for the Magna and 9.9 mm for the Spirit.)
The Magna and Spirit will also have rear keys similar to LG's flagship phones, letting users adjust volume and turn on the display with an index finger. Other specs include a 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor, 8 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel rear camera (or 5 megapixels on some Spirit variants). The front camera will be 5 megapixels on the Magna and 1-megapixel on the Spirit.
Moving down the line, LG's Leon will have a 4.5-inch display with 854 x 480 resolution and rear keys. Specs are otherwise similar to the Spirit, but with a front VGA camera. LG's Joy looks like the cheapest of the bunch, with a 4-inch 800-by-480 resolution display, a 1.2GHz Quad-Core or 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, 8 GB or 4 GB of storage, 1 GB or 512 MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera.
All four phones will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and will borrow some software features from LG's flagships, continuing the company's promise to bring the G3's software features to lower-cost phones. For instance, users will be able to use a hand gesture to start a countdown timer for selfies, and swipe down on the screen for a quick notification view even when the display is off.
Why this matters: LG isn't exactly turning last year's premium phones into this year's budget offerings, but it's still interesting to see display curve and in-cell touch panels move their way down the line. You probably won't see these phones anytime soon, however; LG says they'll roll out globally starting this week, but there's no word on whether they'll show up stateside.