LG Electronics has further expanded its range of devices by launching a new smartphone in the Indian market. Christened 'Spirit' (LG-H422), the smartphone sports a 4.7 inch display and runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. It has been priced at Rs 14,250 in the country.
The device was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 earlier this year, along with three other mid-range smartphones- Magna, Leon and Joy.
In addition, home grown handset and tablet manufacturer Micromax has added yet another member to its 'Bolt' family of devices. Called Bolt S300, this one sports a slightly smaller 4 inch display and runs on the Android operating system. While the company is yet to launch the device in the Indian market (it is listed on Micromax's Russian website), it is currently available for purchase on an e-commerce site for as low as Rs 3,300.
Here is a look at the specifications of the devices.
The smartphone features a 4 inch WVGA touchscreen display (800Ã—480 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android 4.4.3 KitKat OS. It is powered by a 1 GHz Spreadtrum SC7715 single-core processor and has 512MB of RAM. The internal memory of the device is 4GB (1.28GB for mass storage) that can be further expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.
Bolt S300 has a 0.3MP (VGA) fixed focus rear camera with Flash that can record videos, and a front facing VGA camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, 3G, as well as a microUSB port and a microSD card slot. The company has provided a 1,200 mAh battery in the device, which it claims will provide up to 3.5 hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby time.
The dimensions of the device are 124mm x 65.8mm x 11.2mm and its weight is 123gm. The smartphone has dual-SIM capability, FM Radio, and is available in black colour. Micromax has also pre-loaded a number of apps in the smartphone that include Mi Live, Housing, Snapdeal, PayTM, and Quikr, among others.
This one sports a slightly bigger 4.7 inch HD capacitive touchscreen display (1280Ã—720 pixels resolution) with 312ppi pixel density, and runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and has 1GB of RAM. The device comes with 8GB of internal memory that can be further expanded with a microSD card.
LG Spirit has an 8 megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED Flash that can also record full high definition videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second, and a 1MP front facing camera for video calling. Additional features of the camera include gesture shot, touch & shoot, and front camera light. On the connectivity front, it has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and 3G, as well as a microUSB port and microSD card slot.
The dimensions of the device are 133.2 x 66.1 x 9.9mm. The company has provided a removable 2,100 mAh battery in the device, which also has GPS (with A-GPS support), and dual-SIM capability. The smartphone will be available in titan, white, and gold colours.
Additional features include a 'Smart Keyboard', which LG claims reduces input errors by up to 75 percent by tracking and analysing typing habits and intuitively 'knowing' what word the user intends to type. Also, Knock Code enables users to unlock their device with a pattern of taps. Merging security and convenience, users can create a personalised code that can be entered anywhere on the screen.
It also features the 'Rear Key' first introduced in the LG G2. Devoid of any buttons on the sides, the company has relocated all the physical buttons to the rear of the device. The keys that have been placed at the rear of the smartphone (just under the camera) include the volume keys and the power button.