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Mid-range LG Class official, complete with metal body
LG has recently been teasing a new smartphone launch for September 21st and today, the Korean manufacturer has unwrapped its new mid-range LG Class smartphone. Rather than the flagship that many were hoping for, the LG Class is a mid-range device with premium specs and an affordable price that is set to be launched only in Korea.
[related_videos title=”LG in video:” align=”left” type=”custom” videos=”634295,630400,625608,616170,614646,606876″]Looking at LG’s new device and we can see the Class features a 5-inch 720p IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 293 pixels per inch density. The display is quite interesting as LG have gone for a 2.5D curved glass panel but one thing that’s immediately off-putting about the LG Class is the unsightly bezels. The handset is powered by a quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz with an Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to an incredible 2TB using a microSD card.
Like many of LG’s smartphones, the LG Class comes with the power and volume keys on the back beneath the camera and just to the right of this, is the rather oddly-placed loud speaker. LG say this position doesn’t impact on the speaker quality and promise the 1W (watt) output offers ‘clear sound’. The camera itself is a 13MP premium image sensor as found in the LG G4 while the front camera is an 8MP snapper that comes equipped with a range of software features including Beauty SHot and Gesture Interval Shot. The latter is especially impressive as it lets you capture four images (2 seconds apart) just by holding up your hand and making a fist in front of the camera.
Other notable specs of the LG Class include 4G LTE support, a plethora of connectivity options and a 2,050 mAh battery; the battery especially is an interesting decision as – like some of its rivals – LG has sacrificed the removable battery in favour of an all-metal build and 7.4mm thickness. Is this the start of a trend that will see future LG flagship devices feature non-removable batteries and will LG finally deliver an all-metal flagship smartphone in the near future?
The LG Class is available today from a number of Korean carriers at a price of 399,300 won (approx. $340) and it comes in Blue Black, Silver or Gold colour options. LG has previously confirmed that its smartphone announced today will only be available in Korea which suggests we won’t see this handset released elsewhere but of course, we’ll let you know if we hear otherwise.
What do you think of the LG Class and do you want LG to release this handset in other markets around the world? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!