With one foot on the plane home, our own Joshua Vergara is putting his finishing touches on the most epic MWC 2013 coverage on the web with a hands-on video preview of the LG Optimus F5.
The F5 is not to be mistaken with its bigger brother, the F7, or with its distant cousins in the L II clan, the L3, L5 and L7 II. Confusing stuff, we know, but bear with us for a second, will you?
In a nutshell, the F5 is higher on the food chain than all the L II family members while lower than the F7. However, you can say the F5 and the L7 II kind of complement one another, with each of the two shining in departments the other doesn’t.
Whereas the L7 II impresses with an 8 MP rear-facing shooter and a large 2,460 mAh battery, the F5 rocks a superior 960 x 540 pixels resolution panel, a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage space.
F5’s camera is far from special, with a 5 MP sensor, no flash or autofocus, while the 2,150 mAh battery is kind of measly. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean butters up both the L7 II and F5 and build quality is also very similar.
That said, we think LG can find sufficiently juicy pieces of the pie for both phones, provided they’ll know how to hit the pricing sweet spot. No words on that for the F5 yet, but we’re expecting to hear something in the next couple of weeks.
For now, check out our exclusive first look video clip from Barcelona’s MWC below and tell us what are your first impressions of the device. We know it’s not spectacular, but is it good-looking and snappy enough to be worth, say, $400?
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Have you seen what’s top of the foodchain? The Optimus G Pro is an absolute beast both in spec and size! If you’re a phablet fan it’s probably worth holding out to get one but I think the F5 (and F7) and sleek and a more pocket friendly alternative in more ways than one!!