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Meet the budget-friendly LG Leon

Available in the US for $140 prepaid from T-Mobile, and around £65 in the UK and roughly AU$149 in Australia, the LG Leon is an extremely affordable smartphone that sports a 5-megapixel camera, a quad-core processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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A tad thick on the sides

Measuring 5.11 by 2.55 by 0.42 inches (129.79 by 64.77 by 10.67mm), the device is compact. However, its control buttons on the rear bulge out a bit, making it thicker around the back-center area.

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Comfortable 4.5-inch display

With its 4.5-inch display, the handset is small and pocket-friendly. Its screen has a 480-pixel resolution with 218 pixels per inch.

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Mid-range specs and a decent battery

Powering the phone is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 1,820mAh removable battery, which lasted a decent 9 hours in our continuous video playback test.

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A 5-megapixel shooter in the back

The Leon is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera that can record up to 1,080p full-HD video and a VGA front-facing camera.

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Running Android Lollipop from Google

The device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features apps from Google and T-Mobile. It also has LG's signature memo app, QuickMemo+.

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Built-in Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile users

For US customers on T-Mobile, the handset has built-in Wi-Fi calling. This means you can make and receive calls over a Wi-Fi network, which is useful whenever cellular coverage is weak or non-existent.

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Not the best budget phone

Although the LG Leon is inexpensive and has a few goodies like expandable storage and Wi-Fi calling, it doesn't perform as well as other budget devices like the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, the Motorola Moto G and the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (4.7-inch variant).

For more information on LG phones, check out our reviews here.

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