Mobile World Congress will kick off in Barcelona, Spain, in two weeks, but that doesn't mean the news will wait until then.
LG announced today that it will unveil the next iteration of its L-Series line of mid-tier devices at the mobile conference later this month.
The series includes the successors of the LG L5, and .,
The updated L7, aptly called the LG Optimus L7 II, will have a dual-SIM version that will launch in Russia this week.
Its processor will be bumped up from a single-core to a 1GHz dual-core CPU, and it will get a bigger 2,460mAh battery.
And while it will retain a 4.3-inch WVGA IPS display, it now has an 8-megapixel camera (the previous generation had a 5-megapixel camera), and it will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The L5 II will have a 4-inch WVGA display and a 1,700mAh battery; the lowest-tiered phone, the L3 II, will have a 3.2-inch QVGA IPS display and a 1,540mAh battery.
Although LG didn't release any U.S. availability date about these handsets, I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of U.S. carriers nab an L II handset later on.
Boost Mobile and U.S. Cellular both brought the L7 to our shores (but it was renamed theand , respectively) and T-Mobile had the , though there was no mention of a successor for that smartphone, unfortunately.
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