“LG’s new mid-rangers get curved displays, Android Lollipop and 4G. We went hands on at MWC”
The company recently launched a quartet of devices, the Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy. While the Leon and Joy fall into the budget category, the Magna and Spirit are mid-range devices which share many features. To make them more enticing to users, LG has loaded them with several features usually reserved for its high-end smartphones. Most significantly, the smartphones feature curved displays, ala the LG G Flex and G Flex 2 (first impressions). But unlike the G Flex series, the curve is very subtle, and you’d be hard pressed to notice it while using the phones, although it’s more apparent when viewed from the sides.
LG G3 earlier. Among the notable features are Knock Code and Glance View, which we’ve discussed in detail in our G3 review.
Above the screen is where you’ll find the front camera, sensors, earpiece and notification LED. The chin gets only LG branding, with the Android keys appearing as software overlays on the display. The micro-USB port and primary microphone are located on the bottom edge for both devices, while the 3.5mm headphone jack and secondary microphone are located at the top. The primary camera and LED flash are situated next to the aforementioned rear buttons. A tiny window-shaped loudspeaker is located at the bottom.
Both smartphones get identical processor configurations – 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipsets clocked at 1.2GHz, working in tandem with a gig of RAM. They get 8GB of internal storage, expandable by 32GB with a microSD card. Both devices seemed fairly smooth and snappy when we used them, despite the heavy UI running on top. The handsets are expected to be available in dual-SIM variants, and will come in 3G and 4G versions, although we don’t know exactly which LTE bands will be supported.
Coming to the photography features, the LG Magna features an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The LG Spirit on the other hand, will be available with either an 8MP or 5MP primary camera depending on the region, while the front camera gets a lowly 1MP resolution. Both the phones feature something called Front Camera Light, which basically shrinks the preview on the screen and surrounds it with a thick white frame to provide additional lighting for your face. It’s an interesting feature and works quite well to provide extra light, while eliminating the ghostly faces that front-facing LEDs tend to result in.
While LG hasn’t announced Indian pricing or availability of the smartphones, we expect them to land in the country in the next few months, priced between Rs 14,000 – Rs 20,000.