LG is looking to make a strong push into the 4G LTE smartphone market with the release of its new F70 smartphone. The device will go on sale in Europe first in the first half of May, then it will release in Asia, Central America, South America, and North America.
The new smartphone looks to be heavily influenced by the design of Samsung's Galaxy line, with some tweaks to give it its own style. Of course, Samsung is one of the leaders in Android smartphones, so it makes sense for competitors to borrow some of its design elements.
As far as the hardware goes, LG's new F70 features Android 4.4 KitKat OS installed, with a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running things under the hood. It has a 4.5-inch IPS display with an 800 x 480 resolution, so it's not following the trend of smartphones getting larger and larger. It features 1GB of RAM, and either 4GB or 8GB of internal storage, depending on the market in which it's being sold.
None of these are top-of-the-line specs, falling right into the middle of the pack, but that seems to be the market LG is targeting with the release of this device.
The F70 comes with a 2,240 mAh removable battery, which is right around the average size for smartphones at this level. LG promises this is enough juice to last "a full workday for most users," but that will, of course, depend on how the phone is being used.
Some of LG's custom UX features are included with the F70. Knock Code is one of the cooler ones, allowing users to tap their screen with a custom series of knocks that will turn the device on and unlock in one step – it's also used in LG's new G Pad tablets. Plug & Pop is a feature that automatically suggests options when a user plugs in a headset or USB cable, and guest mode allows device owners to keep certain things private while someone else uses his or her phone.
LG did not announce exact release dates or prices for any of the regions in which the phone will be sold.