LG Optimus L7 II first look and hands-on preview [video]

February 28, 2013
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We’re just about ready to wrap up our epic coverage of what’s definitely been an un-epic MWC 2013, but not before offering you a couple of extra hands-on video previews from Barcelona.

We’ve taken quick looks at the LG Optimus G Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Asus Padfone Infinity, HP Slate 7, Asus Fonepad, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, ZTE Grand Memo, Huawei Ascend P2, LG Optimus F7 and Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 so far, but we’re not done yet. What, you thought our “Eat, Sleep, Android” motto was a joke?

It’s not! And to prove it, we’ve even taken the LG Optimus L7 II for a spin. The 4.3-incher is the top dog of the new L family, but unfortunately its spec sheet is mostly bittersweet, with an emphasis on the bitter part.

What can we say about the 800 x 480 pix res display, dual-core 1 GHz S4 Play processor, 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of on-board storage other than they’re the mid-range features of the past? Thankfully, the 8 MP rear-facing cam, on-board Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and 2,460 mAh battery balance things a bit, making the L7 II not that bad on the whole.

Quite surprising, the build quality is described as nice by my colleague and pal Joshua Vergara in the below video from MWC. The phone is not too chunky either, while the bezel is thin… for a budget device.

And if we add in the equation the rumored $300-$350 European price (off-contract), we think we’re starting to understand LG’s marketing strategy. At least as far as this fellow goes, because the L3 II and L5 II are still rather puzzling.

Expect the L7 II in stores as soon as next week, and, in the meantime, lend us your eyes and let us take you on a virtual tour of a mid-tier phone with a shot at glory.

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