Leaked images of the remaining line-up of LG’s 2011 smartphone range show us that the South Korean manufacturer is putting most of its eggs in the Android basket, though it is reserving one for Windows Phone 7.
First up is what will be the premier release of the second half of 2011. The LG Prada K2 sounds like it will be another of those annoyingly rubbish fashion phones but its specs tell a different story. At 8.8mm thick and with a 4.3in NOVA LCD display promising 1,000 nits of brightness, this doesn’t look like a phone to be sniffed at. The Prada K2 will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and feature front (1.3 megapixel) and rear (8 megapixel) cameras along with 16GB of internal storage. A release in time for Christmas is expected.
Next up are the LG Victor (below left) and the LG Univa (below right), two mid-tier Android phones. The Victor is powered by a 1GHz processor and features a 3.8in OLED screen with WVGA resolution. Again it has dual cameras with 5 megapixels on the rear and VGA on the front. Rumours suggest it will support both DLNA and WiFi Direct. It will run Android Gingerbread and is set for release this quarter.
The LG Univa should really have been called the Optimus Two, but considering that neither name is that enticing, it doesn’t really matter. An 800 MHz processor, 3.5in HVGA screen and five megapixel camera all show improvements over the original. The 11.9mm thick handset will run Gingerbread and once again will support DLNA. This should be arriving towards the end of the year.
Two more low-to-mid range Android devices are also expected in the second half of 2011, with the LG Gelato NFC (below left) and the LG E2 (below right) offering nothing too exciting. The Gelato NFC, as you may have guessed from the name, brings with it the possibility of touch-to-pay technology as well as an 800MHz processor, 3.2in HVGA screen and three megapixel camera. Not much is known about the LG E2, save to say that it won’t be looking to knock the Samsung Galaxy S II off its smartphone perch.
Finally we have LG’s Windows Phone offering, the LG Fantasy. This handset will be powered by the Mango version of WP7 but after that no concrete specs are known, though it won’t differ much from other WP7 Mango handsets considering Microsoft’s almost maniacal-like lock-down of the hardware used on its phones. A pre-Christmas release is expected for the Fantasy.
LG may have one more trick up its sleeve for 2011, the LG K. Nothing is really known about the handset but rumours suggest it could be the first smartphone with a true 720p HD display. Rumoured to be 4.5in in size, the screen could have a pixel density to rival the all-conquering Retina display on the iPhone 4 – but we’ll just have to wait and see.