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LG To Upgrade Optimus L Smartphone Series

Seoul, South Korea — LG will launch its next generation of Optimus L Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where three Optimus L Series II phones will debut with upgraded features.

 The company hasn’t said which models would come to the U.S. market or when, but L-series models have been sold by U.S. carriers in the past.

Besides more refined styling, the L Series II also offers an expanded set of convenience features, including features unique to LG, the company said, such as QuickMemo, Quick Button and Safety Care. QuickMemo lets users capture and share handwritten ideas with others using their fingertip. Quick Button lets users personalize a hotkey to launch any app. Safety Care offers three options: emergency call forwarding, phone non-usage notice, and My Location Notice, which can be programmed to contact someone in case of an emergency.

The new models will also add high-resolution IPS display and extended capacity battery. Dual-SIM versions will let consumers use one device for both business and personal calls.

 The dual-SIM version of the Optimus L7II will be the first of the new series to launch, making its debut in Russia this week. Features include 1GHz dual-core CPU, up to 4GB memory, 768MB RAM, MicroSD slot, 4.3-inch WVGA IPS display, 8-megapixel rear camera, front VGA camera, Android 4.1 OS, 2,460 mAh battery and 9.7mm depth.

 The Optimus L3II will feature 3.2-inch QVGA IPS display and 1,540 mAh battery. The Optimus L5II will feature a 4-inch WVGA display and 1,700 mAh battery. Other details on the two phones were unavailable.