LG has officially announced the LG Class in the Korean market earlier today, settling rumors surrounding the mid-range smartphone.
The LG Class features a 1,280 x 720 pixel screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD card with the potential for 2TB of expandable storage. The cameras are the real wow factor on the smartphone, with a 13-megapixel rear sensor and 8-megapixel front facing sensor — perfect for selfies.
The design is an interesting turnaround for LG, deciding against the removable back. LG must feel confident that the metallic unibody will resonate well with South Korean buyers, considering the flagship LG G4 still retains the removable back. Some users will undoubtedly be upset by the move to a unibody design, especially because it has a small 2,050mAh battery.
Other notable features include 4G LTE support, NFC and the on/off, volume back buttons. Sadly, dual-band, high-speed Wi-Fi AC is not available on the LG Class, meaning families in crowded homes with dozens of devices taking up bandwidth might scoop up the wireless space the phone needs.
The LG Class is priced at around $335 — steep compared to the Moto G, OneTouch Idol 3, OnePlus One and other available mid-range phones. It will run Android 5.1 Lollipop at launch. LG is adding some of its camera software features from the LG G4, including Beauty Shot and Gesture Interval Shot.
SK Telecom, LG U+ and KT started sales of the LG Class in South Korea today. No word on when or if the LG Class will launch in countries outside of Korea. The phone is available in three colors: Blue Black, Silver, and Gold. White will be available at a later date.
LG has two events upcoming before the end of the year, which is where we expect the more premium smartphones for the global market will be announced. The Nexus 5 is another potential LG device coming later this year, one of the first to run on Android Marshmallow, alongside Huawei’s Nexus 6.
Next page: All of the rumors leading up to the LG Class’ official launch!
Rumors about the LG Class prior to its announcement
LG appears to be as busy as ever. The company is expected to be manufacturing the upcoming Nexus 5X, which could get announced later this month. On top of that, an Oct. 1 event could result in the unveiling of the V10, a phone with a secondary ticker display. Then there is an Oct. 10 event, which could be all about the G4 Note. If that’s not enough, LG Korea is now teasing an event for Sept. 21. What else could the company have cooking up?
It appears that this one might involve a midrange phone. An LG phone with a model number of LG-H740 was recently spotted in the Geekbench benchmark database. It’s believed that this phone will the the star of the show, and it will be called the LG Class.
The phone is actually pictured (partially) in the invitation, and it looks pretty classy. For starters, it sports a metal build, which isn’t typical of midrangers. You can clearly see that the Class will utilize the typical LG back button controls, but there are some notable differences from previous LG devices. The rear flash is now in between the back controls and the camera. You will also notice a speaker to the right.
The LG Class is expected to sport a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1080p (1,920 x 1,080). It could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, which is a 64-bit midrange octa-core processor. Other rumored specs include 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android 5.1.1.
The main rear camera is likely to be 12-megapixels, while the front-facer would be 5-megapixels. This is very respectable for a midranger.
Of course, nothing is set in stone until the announcement actually happens, so stay tuned to Digital Trends and we will let you know as soon as more information is revealed.