LG L Series III

Mobile World Congress

LG, as it tends to do before major trade shows, has just announced a refresh of its mid-range L-series devices. Dubbed the L Series III, this is a trio of new Android smartphones — the L90, L70 and L40. 

Here's how they break down:

LG L90

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
  • Display: 4.7-inch IPS (960 x 540) qHD
  • Memory: 8GB / 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 8.0MP / 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2,540mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 131.6 x 66.0 x 9.7mm
  • Network: 3G (HSPA+21Mbps)

LG L70

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
  • Display: 4.5-inch IPS (800 x 400)
  • Memory: 4GB / 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 8.0MP or 5.0MP / VGA — depends on market
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 127.2 x 66.8 x 9.5mm
  • Network: 3G (HSPA+21Mbps)

LG L40

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
  • Display: 3.5-inch (480 x 320)
  • Memory: 4GB / 512MB RAM
  • Camera: 3.0MP  
  • Battery: 1,700mAh or 1,540mAh (removable) — depends on market
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 109.4 x 59.0 x 11.9mm
  • Network: 3G (HSDPA+14.4Mbps)

It's worth noting that each of these phones will launch with Android 4.4 KitKat, the most recent version Android. And we generally end up with at least one L-series phone here in the states, so keep an eye out for that, though the lack of LTE listed here does cast some doubt.

We'll be on hand at Mobile World Congress starting Feb. 22 in Barcelona, Spain.

LG’S THIRD GENERATION L SERIES TO DEBUT AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 

New L SeriesIII Features Signature LG Design Elements with Android 4.4 OS

SEOUL, Feb. 16, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling the third generation of its popular L Series smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. The L SeriesIII devices retain LG’s distinctive minimal design philosophy while boasting an impressive package that includes enhanced hardware, UX features and OS unmatched in its class. With the original L Series and L SeriesII having enjoyed tremendous success worldwide, the L SeriesIII is expected to continue the momentum with its handsome design and practical user benefits inspired by LG’s more premium G Series.

Key elements of LG’s design heritage can be found in all facets of the visually striking L SeriesIII smartphones. The seamless layout, delicate finishing, refined metallic frame and Quick Window smart cover all come together perfectly in the L SeriesIII. Quick Window, which comes in three vibrant colors, is the first cover from LG to be designed specifically for a mid-range smartphone. Quick Window also offers functional benefits beyond just protection from drops and bumps, as the see-through window allows one to see who’s calling and check the time without opening the cover.

All L SeriesIII models come with Android 4.4 KitKat, making them further stand out in the mid-tier market. LG has equipped the entire lineup with Google’s latest OS in order to provide the most up-to-date and optimized Android experience to a larger audience. In addition the refined UI that’s more beautiful and immersive, KitKat offers improved performance and a more intuitive user experience.

“In addition to inheriting the refined design aesthetic that is synonymous with LG’s premium devices, the L SeriesIII provides an array of user benefits that extend far beyond a simple upgrade,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “From the design to the OS to the UX, the L SeriesIII exemplifies LG’s commitment to bringing the best smartphone experience to as many consumers as possible. We’re confident that the L SeriesIII will be a strong volume driver in 3G markets.”

 
There are 75 comments

dbranch8 says:

Off topic, but why is the G2 still running software that is a year old?

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jakeuten says:

+1

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slinky826 says:

I am wondering the same damn thing.

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Mpearce25 says:

I'm getting very annoyed with LG that I'm am still running 4.2 but yesterday I got a small ota that kept me on 4.2 but added support for fota (future over the air updates) I'm hoping that's kit Kat! If not I'm going to CM11!!

G2

Go to CM11 already. Stock ROM is horrible.

geoff5093 says:

CM11 is also terrible with SOD's, reboots, bluetooth issues, call echos, etc.

Pirate Arr says:

No issues here with the Nexus 5. Don't know what your talking about. Any who just go to CM already!

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mwara244 says:

LG rarely ever updates the os in their phones. I have known people who got no OS updates in the 2 years they had their phone or maybe a single os update in a year and a half. If you want current android os, don't get LG. They are worse than HTC in updating the OS in their phones, and that is saying something.

Maybe these things are running stock Kit-Kat as opposed to whatever skin LG applies to their high-end devices. Yet another reason why stock is better. Although, I hear LG is one of the few Android device makers that supports a guest mode on their phone. Damn, OEM skins suck - except when they don't...

cybertec69 says:

Time to update their most recent devices like the LG Pro 8.3 to KK 4.4, and their other flagship devices still running JB 4.2.

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drokssilva says:

Theyll probably come withing the next month. If they don't then... That would be nuts.

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NoNexus says:

Not supposed to come until the end of the quarter so yeah. it is nuts

drokssilva says:

They said by the end of the quarter... Could mean before.

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NoNexus says:

could mean after, deadlines suck.

I honestly think it will be a bit sooner, maybe right after MWC but I am not holding my breath with their track record.

They look strikingly similar to the Galaxy series.

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paulw3 says:

No LTE?

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NoNexus says:

emerging markets usually do not really have great or even any LTE anyway.

Why?

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MERCDROID says:

NO LTE, NO BUY!!!

/Extreme Sarcasm

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

NoNexus says:

NO PHYSICAL BUTTONS! Google says no, we must obey

s2weden2000 says:

g0ogle does not say no...

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

Gekko says:

Copying Samsung's "Gadget Spam" strategy.

NoNexus says:

Hey it worked out well for Samsung, they make some of the best phones as well as being the biggest. Not to mention, without the gadget spam, Android wouldnt have the penetration that it has

Samsung makes a crap load of money.

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rodrigo9411 says:

So, will there be an update for the L 2 series? The 3 devices are perfectly capable for kitkat and as far as I know Google obligates OEMs to push at least 1 mayor update to phones

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Zig261 says:

What the heck? Only 512-1GB of RAM?

This is 2014, 2GB should be the absolute minimum by now.

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They're on 4.4. Call it proof of concept.

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jakeuten says:

uhhh.... the Nexus 5, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, and other flagships have 2 GB of ram. And not only that, KitKat can run with 512 mb....

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Pirate Arr says:

Nevertheless with the bloat LG and Samsung run, ram usage is way lower than advertised even with 2 gigs, my S3 had usage of over half a gig avalible with plain Samsung crap before rooting and installing CM. 1 gig or even half of that is outrageous and does not cut it anymore

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NoNexus says:

Bloat, what a bullshit buzzword

MERCDROID says:

Those aren't flagships, hence the lower specs. And, launching with kitkat, they won't need the extra ram. But, you already knew that.

jackwagon06 says:

Spot on.....

DrDoppio says:

They won't need the extra RAM to run the OS; however isolated apps may have higher requirements. You can't always "optimize away" the shortcomings of hardware in the software.

MERCDROID says:

True, but those apps that do have higher RAM requirements are usually games. And, at this price point, I doubt anyone is planning on using any of these devices for hard-core gaming.

Just my opinion.

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DrDoppio says:

My comment was about your claim that "with kitkat, they won't need the extra ram".

Other than that, I can see those are low-range phones. Definitely NOT mid-range (Moto G is mid-range, my LG Nitro from 2012 was mid-range, in 2014 less than 720p/1.5GB RAM is not mid-range any more).

tdizzel says:

What the heck. It's 2014 why are you making such an ignorant comment?

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TheMimic12 says:

It's a budget phone. And kitkat had been optimized top rum on lower ram anyway.

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All KitKat?! There is a god! I never would have guessed that OEMs would start taking advantage of the lower system requirements so soon

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NoNexus says:

It has to launch with Kit Kat or else half of these phones would be real dogs and sluggish as hell

Hope it priced reasonably.

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n0obpr0 says:

Wonder how the price of these bad boys will compare to the moto g price

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I really like it; they're proving KitKat's requirements will work.
As each model differs with ram I like how its consistent with their processor.

I think it'll come down to price point to see if these sell.

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Premium1 says:

Good for LG launching with the latest OS. Last year they would have been 2 versions behind.

NoNexus says:

If this were last year they would have had to be

Reciprocal says:

960 x 540? 800 x 400?!?!

when Motorola can put a 720p in a $180 phone, LG done messed something up real bad.

NoNexus says:

Different target audience

DrDoppio says:

So are they going to sell it for $90 then?

NoNexus says:

Sure why not?

MacAir says:

And that's why Motorola is being thrown away. Kitsap offers nothing to you and me, it's just for OEMs to be able to slow down the hardware and increase margins.

Why? Because if thinks keep the current pace, all OEMs besides Samsung and the forked Chinese versions will be "dead". That means no Google Android. Sony, Moto, LG, Nokia, HTC are all losing millions.

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MERCDROID says:

Kitsap?

Autocorrect FTW!!

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s2weden2000 says:

Autocorrect aijphoney style

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

natefish says:

Only 8gb internal? Next...

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NoNexus says:

How many people in emerging countries can afford a decent spec'd phone?

Qwkslvrmz says:

I think it's like talking to a wall with some people, they don't realize these phones aren't necessarily for the US only. Even though we might get maybe one of these, like you say they are directed toward emerging markets and lower budget consumers. Also, these are MID tier phones so when coupled with kit kat they aren't terrible. The specs are getting better for these lower level phones so give it time. Think about what mid tier phone had a quad core processor in it last year?

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MERCDROID says:

+1

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kelayz says:

I see this coming to cricket

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mertzi says:

Why do everyone except Motorola persist using low res screens on their mid range phones? I'd rather have dual core with 720p.

DrDoppio says:

My LG Nitro, a model from 2011, is a mid-range with 720p, dual-core, and LTE. These phones are bottom-range for 2014.

DaFonZisBack says:

Useless specs and weak devices.

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MERCDROID says:

They aren't meant for you. But, I bet you think you're better than the people that do buy these devices, simply because you have a Note 3.

Hilarious.

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DrDoppio says:

This isn't mid-range in 2014, it's bottom.

sharkstyle says:

I wouldn't have made it 1:00 if I had read the specs before watching the video. I started to vomit a little when I heard him say, "As a result, L Series III users will be able to experience a truly premium smartphone with zero compromise."
That's when I glimpsed at the specs and couldn't watch anymore.

sentinelred says:

So LG has an L series and a G series? Lol

Sent via my Verizon Moto X

MacAir says:

Extremely popular? Not at all. Unmatched OS for the price? There's no iOS there, Windows is irrelevant, BlackBerry is dead, so it's the exactly same OS as everybody else.

Or should we take that as a statement that they think that their atrocity is better than the classy and speedy sense?

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thatguy97 says:

Yay kitkat

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dancing-bass says:

Kinda wierd to see the L90 equals or beats my Gnex in all areas except on-board storage and screen (both size and resolution). Gnex used to be such a mighty device... Now it's beaten spec-wise by a mid-range phone.

I love technology, just sometimes how FAST it evolves is kind of a bummer!

MERCDROID says:

I miss my GNex...

I think I miss it so much, because it was my first Nexus device.

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s2weden2000 says:

That's right!

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Ry says:

Look at the new Galaxy phones.

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I have to say these this is a respectable phone. Why do they have to toss all that great hardware under a qhd display? It ruins it. Others may disagree, but I feel a devices display is extremely important. Its like supping up you're car and finishing it with a crappy paint job! Why don't they polish off these phones with a nice display? Because its their budget line? The hardware is already outdated which I thought was the budget part of it, but then they have to kill it with qhd? I myself love the idea of budget phones with respectable slightly outdated hardware that will save you a buck. What I am completely against is the common idea of weak displays on budget phones. The day we see a budget phone with a top-notch display is the day budget phones really won't feel budget, until then I don't care what you put under the hood, the display will always scream "budget phone!"

Nexogen

willquil1 says:

Am I the only one who thinks LG emulates Samsung now?? I see where they are going with their mobile phone dept, just hope it does benefit them. Either way I'm still rolling with Samsung

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Pirate Arr says:

Awful resolutions for mid sized phones if you ask me. This are not mid range. This is mostly low end

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Gearu says:

When you're a yawn worthy company due to having a blurry lineup where no one can remember which phone is the top model, this is not how you refresh your lineup. Learn from Sony's mistakes, because they sure aren't. Xperia this, Z that... so old zZzZzz.
LG should have gone with an all new kind of 'series' brand.

deeb215 says:

LG really wants to be Samsung by any means, but I think they should try a little harder. Good luck though, we need more competition in Android. I was hoping more phone makers would steal the Moto strategy with a bit more pizzazz instead.

Just like the LG Optimus G Pro.... LG could be a great leader if they would offer things to everyone instead of limiting it only to certain cell company. ... Come on LG make updates. .. spread your products around..

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