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LG’s Bello 2 is nothing to shout about, unless you really love selfies

LG has announced the Bello 2 smartphone, the successor to last year’s L Bello. Just like the original, the Bello 2 is a competitively priced, mid-range phone, aimed at people who aren’t interested in paying out for a 4G LTE connection.

Those of you looking for major improvements will be seriously disappointed since the Bello 2 is virtually the same as the L Bello spec-wise. However, you will be quite pleased if you love to take selfies, because the only real upgrade is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which is a generous boost over last year’s 1-megapixel camera.

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The Bello 2’s spec sheet is a basic repeat of the L Bello, from the 5-inch screen with an 854 x 480 pixel resolution, to the unnamed 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Additionally, there’s 8GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot for expanded storage, plus the same 8-megapixel rear camera.

Rather than copy the G4’s look, the Bello 2 has taken on a more personal design, but rather unfortunately, LG has decided the Bello 2 isn’t worthy of its trademark rear-mounted volume and sleep/wake key controls — which were even a feature on the L Bello. This omission doesn’t mean the Bello 2 is thicker though, and it measures 9.6 mm against the L Bellow’s portly 10.7mm frame.

The Bello 2 might not impress in the spec department, but LG has installed the same software found on its higher-end phones like the G4. Features such as Knock Code, Gesture Shot and Selfie Flash, as well as Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, make will help make it more intriguing to price-conscious buyers. As far as connectivity goes, the Bello 2 is all about 3G HSPA+ speeds, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. LG also mentioned that it will produce both single and dual-SIM variants.

However, LG hasn’t announced pricing, but does say the phone will be out later this month in Latin America and India, followed by Europe in August and September. The Bello 2 will come in white, black and gold colors, and will be called the Prime II in Brazil and Chile, and the Max in Mexico, India, and other countries.