Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG announced U.S. pricing and availability of two Android smartphones in its Optimus L series of affordable smartphones.
The Optimus L90 for T-Mobile and Optimus L70 for T-Mobile’s MetroPCS brand run the latest Android OS, Android 4.4 KitKat. The L70 is the first MetroPCS phone running KitKat. Both lack LTE but feature 4G HSPA+ technology.
The Optimus L90 will be available April 30 at T-Mobile retail stores and T-Mobile’s online store at $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $9.50. The phone is already available through Walmart with the Walmart Mobile Family Plan at $179. The LG Optimus L70 is also available now through MetroPCS stores and the brand’s website for free after $100 instant rebate and $49 mail-in rebate.
They follow Friday’s available of the Lucid 3 for the Verizon network.
Both Optimus models “near-bezel-less” IPS displays and KnockOn, which lets users tap the screen in a personalized pattern to put the phone to sleep or to wake it up without pressing the power and lock buttons.
T-Mobile’s Optimus L90 features a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 1080p video capture, 2,460 mAh battery, 8GB memory plus 32GB MicroSD slot, and stereo Bluetooth.
MetroPCS’s Optimus L70 features a 4.5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel rear camera with multi-point autofocus and 1080p video capture, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi calling, 2,040 mAh battery, and 4GB memory plus 32GB MicroSD slot.
Both have LG’s QuickMemo and QSlide multitasking capabilities appearing in the company’s premium phones. QuickMemo lets users create and share personalized memos by taking screen captures and adding handwritten drawings or messages. QSlide layers up to two windows over the main screen and adjusts size and transparency. The phones also feature EasyHome, which lets users access favorite features, such as camera, contacts, dial pad, voicemail and weather from the homescreen.
Other features trickling down from LG’s premium phones include pause and resume recording, which lets users pause and start in record mode to create one continuous video file. Live shot lets users take still photos while recording video, and video screen shot lets users capture stills from a video during playback. Live effect lets users select a variety of visual effects while recording video.
The launches follow the April 18 launch of LG’s Lucid 3 for the Verizon network. Also positioned as an affordable smartphone, the Lucid 3 features Android 4.4 and many of the same features as the L90 but adds 4G LTE.
The Lucid 3 is free after $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract through Verizon stores and the company’s web site. It’s also priced without contract at $299, or $12.49/month for 24 months.
Features include a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display, 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, KnockOn, 2,440 mAh battery, and 8GB memory, but it adds a 64GB MicroSD slot.
The Lucid 3 also features QuickMemo, QSlide and EasyHome.