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Officially entering the flagship market in April 2015, the 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Quad HD LG G4 is the brand's sequel to the G3. This Android 5.1 Lollipop model is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU chip running at 1.8GHz with 3GB's worth of RAM helping it along. It comes with a 32GB internal memory that can be expanded to a whopping 2TB through its microSD slot.
The G4 brings back LG's laser autofocus technology via its 16-megapixel 4K rear camera and 8-megapixel soft-light-equipped selfie cam. It also introduces new case options -- Brown or Black leather.
Sitting among the royals of 2014 smartphones, the LG G3 is an Android 4.4 KitKat boasting an array of high-level features. It runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, doubling up the market average in processing speed in theory. It also boasts an up-to-2TB memory expansion and a 3000mAh wireless-charging-capable battery, both among the highest capacities out there. Fronting it is a 5.5-inch Quad HD touchscreen matched by a 13-megapixel OIS camera on the back. LG adds contrast to this phone by equipping it with a simple UI, as their "simple is the new smart" slogan suggests.
Question #1: Should it be a smartphone or not?
Packed with a slew of innovations here and there, the LG G2 starts with a 13-megapixel camera (with various functions, such as voice capture) and a video recorder capable of up to 60 frames per second. It also has its control buttons on the back cover (apparently to avoid mistakenly pressing them when grabbing the phone by its sides) and, with its 5.2-inch display, makes it to the phablet class. 22GB of memory are available to the user.
Likely finishing third out of four mid-level contenders pitched by LG in line with the MWC 2015, the 4.5-inch LG Leon offers a 1.2GHz or a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, a 1GB RAM, and a 1900mAh battery. It mimics the other models with its preloaded Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and LTE Cat.4 network reach. Depending on the region, it sports an 8- or a 5-megapixel back camera, though both versions settle for VGA-class imaging up front. Also joining its specs is an 8GB internal memory with support for up to 32GB worth of extra space via a microSD card.
LG's Ultimate 2 is a 4.5-inch IPS Android that appears to cater to shoppers looking for a relatively cheap smartphone. It is rigged with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor coupled with 1GB worth of RAM, and relies on a 2100mAh battery for power. Its rear and front cameras stand at 5 and 1.3 megapixels respectively -- just what we would expect out of an entry-level model. Storage-wise, the Ultimate 2 settles for a basic 4GB, which you can expand to up to 32GB using a microSD card. It also has a GPS feature, Bluetooth (v4.0), and hearing aid certification (M4/T3).
LG's 2014 release, the LG Volt is a mixture of arty smartphone features and mid-level specs under the hood. It sports an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera (same type as the iPhone), a Corning Gorrilla Glass 2 panel (found on rugged phones) and several of LG's signature features including the Knock Code and Guest Mode. It runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, not to mention 4G LTE capability. It also boasts an up-to-24-hour talk time with its 3000mAh battery, which is among the highest capacities for Androids within this class.
The LG L30 is a modest 3.2-inch smartphone that apparently tries to make up for, in software, what it lacks in imaging and processing power. It comes preloaded with trademark LG apps, including the Knock Code, QuickMemo and Guest Mode. LG also adds a multifunction key along the typical home row, hinting to its inclination towards the introductory class. It is available in several two-toned colors, adding some spice to a basic smartphone. As mentioned, its 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 1GHz dual-core processor seem pretty meager, but the L30 does power up from a 1540mAh battery.
The LG Extravert 2 is less heavy (down 0.15 ounces, to 4.15 oz) than the previous Extravert, but still a texting slider, obviously for the talkative extravert in you... However, it offers a larger main display, which grew to 3.2 inches (from its previous 2.8 inches) and a few more minutes of talk time (365 minutes instead of 350). That said, it still comes with a 2-megapixel camera, a 1000 mAh battery and a memory expansion limit of 32 GB.
Surprisingly, the LG Extravert 2 has a shorter stand by time (from 550 to 380 hours) and higher head and body SAR ratings (from 0.96 to 1.03) (from 0.77 to 1.3).
The G3 Stylus, as made obvious by its name, comes with a dedicated Stylus pen for writing notes or making sketches. It also appears to be a mid-range alternative to the G3, running on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with a 1GB RAM. LG does not mention the laser-autofocus feature with its 13- and 1.3-megapixel cameras, but does offer a gesture-shooting function. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery under the hood, while a protective Quick Circle case allows you to access functions while the rest of the screen is hidden. LG's signature Knock Code and Smart Keyboard features finish off this mid-level Android.
The 4.7-inch LG Spirit is a step forward for previous LG Androids of roughly the same name, as it sports an in-cell touch display and an 8-megapixel rear camera -- a 5-megapixel version is also available. Its mid-tier specs are backed by either a 1.2GHz or a 1.3GHz quad-core engine with 1GB worth of RAM to match. We also found an 8GB on-board memory as well as a 2100mAh battery on this 4G-enabled smartphone. It was unveiled alongside three other budget Androids from LG, namely, the Magna, Leon, and Joy.
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