Low-end LG Optimus L1 II unveiled. Runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, costs $93
LG has announced another Android-powered smartphone, but this time it’s at the exact opposite end of the roster compared to the G2 (the previous device that the company unveiled).
The LG Optimus L1 II is part of the refreshed Optimus L family, which is about bringing stylish handsets (at least in LG’s acceptance of the word) to the masses – with decent specs and affordable pricing. It’s got a funny name, though, since there was no LG Optimus L1 – so the L1 II isn’t a successor to anything. LG is using “II” to signify that it’s part of the same generation of smartphones as the previously announced Optimus L3 II, Optimus L5 II, and so on.
This handset is as low-end as it gets in this day and age, and it’s probably no coincidence that it will launch first in Vietnam. It’s aimed squarely at emerging markets, and its price will be its main selling point.
The LG Optimus L1 II has a 3-inch 240×320 touchscreen, a 2 MP rear camera (which isn’t even autofocus!) with VGA video recording, a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 7.2 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,540 mAh battery.
Rather surprisingly, though, it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s not a version of Android that’s often seen on devices that are this low-end. Obviously though, don’t even dream about it ever getting updated to anything else. The people who will buy this phone will do so because it’s the best thing they can afford, so probably won’t be bothered by the lack of software support anyway.
The LG Optimus L1 II will come in white or black, as you can see, and it should be out in Vietnam soon for 19,900,000 Vietnamese dongs – that’s about $93 or €69 at today’s exchange rates! And this, the price, is the sole reason that this phone exists. After Vietnam, it will also be offered in select other countries, possibly including Russia and the UK (where it will make a great second or third device for someone, we assume).
The Optimus L1 II may have laughable specs for this day and age, but it runs a half-decent, not completely ancient version of Android and has a killer price point. So it’s bound to sell well in developing markets, and do its part for LG’s Optimus L line to remain incredibly successful for that company.