Sprint brings entry-level LG K3 into the fold; Boost and Virgin Mobile call dibs

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With five phones already under the family name, LG’s K lineup looks to expand once again with Sprint’s announcement of the LG K3.

Featuring a 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 resolution IPS display, the K3 is powered by a quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and 1GB RAM. The phone features an anemic 8GB of native storage, only 3.1GB of which is available for use. There is no mention of a MicroSD card slot, so you might need to be very frugal when it comes to your storage needs.

Do not let the 1,940mAh battery scare you off, however. Even though that is a small power pack in today’s world when taken by itself, the undemanding nature of the K3 means that you should be able to use the phone from morning to nightfall, and maybe through the following morning, without needing to top it off.

Elsewhere, the 0.3-megapixel selfie camera and the 5MP rear shooter will not win any awards, but should get the job done for those who do not prioritize phone photography. Even with the low resolutions, the cameras do come with some of LG’s camera features, such as Gesture Shot, which lets you take pictures by using your hands; and Selfie Light, which provides a soft light around the photo preview; among other camera features.

Finally, the K3 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, a welcome sight given how entry-level phones generally opt for older versions of Android.

Overall, the K3 does not set out to conquer the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10, but rather offer budget-minded people another budget option in the prepaid realm. Speaking of which, the K3 can be purchased starting today from Boost and Virgin Mobile‘s online stores for $80. If you would rather make eye contact with a real person, the phone can be purchased in physical Boost and Virgin Mobile locations sometime next week.

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