LG bares 3 new mid-priced smartphones with Knock Code, KitKat OS

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By Ylexis Kyle-Michael Rualo Korean technology firm LG Electronics unveiled on Saturday, May 3, its L Series III phones ? the first mid-priced units in the country to feature the advanced Android KitKat operating software. [caption id="attachment_17665" align="aligncenter" width="620"]The L80. Photo credit: www.newtechnology.co.in The L80. Photo credit: www.newtechnology.co.in[/caption] Usually offered for premium phones of ?30,000 and above, the Android KitKat technology is now available to the budget category-aimed models of the series ? the L80, L70, and L40. The L70 is at ?8,490 while the L40 is at ?4,790. The L80 will be available in the Philippines this May. Each functioning on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the three models support better performance in process-intensive applications or games and faster Web surfing or seamless connectivity. LG provides more captivating display with its own IPS technology at 5 inches for L80, 4.5 inches for L70, and 3.5 inches for L40. All models come with dual-SIM capability and can be configured to store different alert tones for each SIM card. The phones also have longer-lasting battery life as the L70 comes with 2,100mAh battery while the L40 has a 1,540mAh Lithium Ion battery. In terms of starting memory, the L70 has 4GB + 1GB LPDDR2 RAM while the L40 comes with 4GB eMMC + 512MB LPDDR2 RAM. Both models have expandable memory of up to 32GB. The L70 has data speed of HSDPA+ 21 Mbps while the L40 has data speed of HSDPA 14.4 Mbps. The L70 comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA camera in front. The L40 has a 3MP front-facing camera. Compared to the L70?s slimmed down and contoured unibody design, the L40 has a compact design for single-handed use. Both models have a metallic frame wrapped all around the phone to give it a modern style. ?The L Series III continues the improvements on the design of the L Series heritage. Users will notice the distinctive comfortable grip, the smooth contours and the unique unibody look of the L Series? third generation,? said Lawrence Kim, vice president for LG Mobile Philippines. [caption id="attachment_17666" align="aligncenter" width="325"]The L70 The L70[/caption] [caption id="attachment_17667" align="aligncenter" width="322"]The L40 The L40[/caption] The Knock Code ? LG?s unlocking system innovation ? is also available on the models of the series. An upgrade from the company?s KnockON feature, it allows users to create a unique and personalized two- to eight-knock pattern for enhanced security and easier accessibility, compared to the typical lock screen. It wakes the phone and unlocks it at the same time. Faith Mejares, LG Electronics product marketing manager, said that aside from being the first of the budget range to run on Android Kitkat, the series is also the first non-premium LG generation to have the Knock Code as one of its functions. The phones also have a Guest Mode, which protects the user?s privacy by letting the owner create a separate user profile specifically for guest users, QuickMemo which allows users to create personal doodles and messages directly drawn on screen, and Capture Plus which enables users to save full webpage content as compared to the usual limited screen capture. An FM Music Collector is also included in the phones? applications. It records radio hits and automatically converts them into music files. It removes the radio jock?s voice, which overlaps with the song, and pre-records up to four minutes. ]]>

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