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LG announced on Thursday that it plans to expand its 4G LTE footprint by launching the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

Aside from sporting 4G LTE, the Optimus F5 has a 4.3-inch IPS display, 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, and 2,150mAh battery. The Optimus F7 is the more high-end LTE smartphone due to its 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, 1.5GHz Dual-Core processor, and 2,540mAh battery.

Both handsets will début with latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS and include LG’s upgraded QSlide and Live Zooming user-interface features.

LG said in a press release that the worldwide rollout of the Optimus F5 will begin in the second quarter in Europe, while the Optimus F7 will launch soon after in selected markets. The announcement didn’t offer information on exact timing or pricing.

Check out the press release and an image gallery below for more details.

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LG AIMING TO INCREASE 4G LTE FOOTPRINT WITH NEW OPTIMUS F SERIES
Two New Devices Deliver Fast 4G LTE Speeds and Advanced Features for the Masses

SEOUL, Feb. 21, 2013 – LG is expanding its solid 4G LTE presence with the introduc-tion of its new Optimus F Series at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. With LG’s industry-leading LTE technologies, the Optimus F Series is designed to bring a premium user experience and the speed of 4G LTE to a mass audience. Two devices — Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 — will make their global debut at the show.

The Optimus F5 is a 4G LTE smartphone with a 4.3-inch IPS display running on a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor and largest-in-class 2,150mAh battery while the Optimus F7 offers a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and a 1.5GHz Dual-Core processor powered by a large capacity 2,540mAh battery for long lasting performance. Both devices will be available with the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS and will include advanced UX features such as the upgraded QSlide and Live Zooming, previously only available in LG’s premium devices.

The upgraded QSlide allows users to open two apps at the same time, both in full screen mode. Users can change the size, position and transparency of QSlide apps according to their preferences. Functions now compatible with QSlide include video, browser, memo, calendar and calculator. Live Zooming, previously only seen in the Optimus G, is now standard in the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7. Live Zooming allows the user to zoom into a specific area while watching a video. Additional features included in both Optimus F Series devices are QuickMemo, QTranslator, Video Wiz, Safety Care and much more.

“LG continues to lead the industry with 4G LTE innovation and the Optimus F Series, a well-balanced an well-equipped 4G LTE smartphone for the mass market, embodies the best of our broad LTE patent portfolio and innovative UX features,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With adoption of LTE expected to explode in 2013, we are sending a clear message to con-sumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn’t just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It’s for everyone.”

The worldwide rollout of the Optimus F5 will begin in the second quarter in Europe, followed soon by the Optimus F7 in selected markets. Exact timing and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Optimus F5 Key Specifications:
• Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
• Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
• Display: 4.3-inch IPS (256 ppi)
• Size: 126.0 x 64.5 x 9.3mm
• Memory: 8 GB / 1 GB RAM / microSD (up to 32GB)
• Camera: 5.0 MP AF / 1.3 MP
• Battery: 2,150mAh

Optimus F7 Key Specifications:
• Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
• Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual-Core
• Display: 4.7-inch True HD IPS (312 ppi)
• Size: 131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6mm
• Memory: 8 GB / 2 GB RAM / microSD (up to 32GB)
• Camera: 8.0 MP AF / 1.3 MP
• Battery: 2,540mAh

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