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LG Optimus L7 ICS smartphone finally released, available in select European and Asian markets

May 3, 2012

LG’s Optimus L line of smartphones was introduced to the public way back at the MWC in February and, after a grueling wait, the second device of the trio has now been released.

The Optimus L7 was set to be the closest of the three smartphones to what you’d call high-end technology these days. But now, after seeing the HTC One X in action and just as we’re waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S3, the L7 looks more like a mid-range device than a top-tier.

Sporting a 4.3-inch WVGA screen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, the Optimus L7 has been announced as available in various “major” European and Asian markets. LG hasn’t detailed exactly in what countries we should look for the device, but my guess is that tech users in Japan, Korea, China, UK, Germany, France, or Italy should already be checking their favorite carriers’ offers.

Today’s announcement didn’t come with any pricing details either, but we’ve known for a while that the Optimus L7 will sell for around 320 € (around $420) in Europe, off-contract. The handheld should also be made available for free with two-year agreements, but we don’t know the names of the European and Asian carriers which will offer this phone at no charge.

As for the L7’s US availability, it’s highly unlikely that the phone will ever see the light of day in the States, but anything is possible, provided that L7 will become the least bit popular in the Old World.

For those of you who’ve missed this little guy’s introduction or forgotten all about it, let’s mention that it will be powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, run Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and feature, among others, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, and a 1,700 mAh battery.

One of L7’s strongest points should be its original design and fashionable looks. The phone weighs a mere 122 grams (4.3 ounces) and measures 8.7 mm (0.34 inches) in thickness.

Have you been waiting for LG to release the Optimus L7 ever since February? Does the phone stand a chance in a sea of mid-range Android-based gadgets with almost identical specs? Would you like to see it made available in the US? Let us know in the comments section below!