Announced during Mobile World Congress in February this year, the next LG L-Style phone is almost ready for release in the UK. The Optimus L5 sits in the middle of the range, flanked by the Optimus L3 and Optimus L7.
While the Optimus L3 is a little uninspiring, not least because it has Android 2.3 Gingerbread as standard, the Optimus L5 is considerably more interesting thanks to Android 4.0 coming pre-installed.
This is excellent news, and pushes the adoption rate of Google’s most recent version of its operating system forward, especially as the L5 isn’t going to put undue stress on the majority of wallets.
LG’s L-Style range is supposed to be the Korean manufacturer’s return to the “fashion phone” fold, and although they can’t really be compared to the likes of the various Prada phones produced over the years (except the one with the slide-out keyboard – they’re much better looking than that), LG has given them a touch of class with a soft-touch leather rear panel, part-metal construction and in the case of the L5, a slim 9.9mm chassis.
Inside is a simple 800MHz processor and 4GB of internal memory, plus a microSD card slot, and there’s a 5 megapixel camera on the back of the phone. The screen measures 4-inches, but is let down by a 320 x 480 pixel resolution – which is more often found on much smaller displays.
The price has yet to be announced, but expect it to fall somewhere around £140 – £150 for a SIM-free handset, judging byAmazon Germany’s estimation of €190. Most reports aren’t providing a final release date either, although it seems it’ll hit the shelves before the end of June.