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LG Optimus F5, Optimus F7 Android smartphones revealed

LG, the company responsible for manufacturing Google's popular Nexus 4 smartphone, has announced two new handsets in its F Series, to launch in Europe in the coming months.

The first new handset, the Optimus F5, is powered by an unspecified 1.2GHz dual-core processor - making it roughly on a par with the Samsung Galaxy S2 performance-wise - with 1GB of RAM behind a 4.3in IPS display that has a 256 pixel-per-inch (PPI) display density. 8GB of internal storage space marks the device as a mid-range handset, as does the somewhat low resolution five-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

The Optimus F7, meanwhile, increases the specification over its smaller brother: a large 4.7in True HD IPS display with a 312 PPI display density hides a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM, and while only an 8GB storage capacity has been confirmed the handset includes a micro-SD card slot that allows the user to expand the storage by up to 32GB. The rear camera, too, has been boosted to eight megapixels while the front-facing camera remains at 1.3 megapixels.

Both devices will launch with Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, although an update to the latest Android 4.2 - already available on LG's Google-branded Nexus 4 handset - will likely follow shortly after launch. Both models also include support for Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G networks, a bonus given the recent spectrum auctions that will allow UK networks to offer a wider choice of 4G connectivity.

"LG continues to lead the industry with 4G LTE innovation and the Optimus F Series, a well-balanced an well-equipped 4G LTE smartphone for the mass market, embodies the best of our broad LTE patent portfolio and innovative UX [User Experience] features," LG's president Jong-seok Park said at the unveiling. "With adoption of LTE expected to explode in 2013, we are sending a clear message to consumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn’t just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It’s for everyone."

UK pricing for the handsets has yet to be confirmed, with more details expected at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event next month.

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