LG F60

LG F60 set for European release

LG has announced another budget, quad-core Android smartphone. The LG F60 is to be released imminently in Europe and will offer some of the software features found on the flagship LG G3.

One of the highlights of the LG F60 is the fact that it supports 4G LTE. There is also a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4.5-inch IPS display, 1GB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 2100mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board.

Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that the specs of the LG F60 are near-identical to those of the LG L Fino, which Android Wafer reported on back in August. The only significant differences between the two budget smartphones is the addition of LTE support in the LG F60 and the higher resolution 8 MP main camera on the LG L Fino.

Although the LG L Fino is targeted primarily at Latin American markets, LG said at the time of its unveiling that it would also be release in Europe, Asia and CIS.

Following its European debut, LG has said that the LG F60 will be released in Asia and the Americas. It is entirely possible that both the LG F60 and LG L Fino will receive the global roll-out that has been mentioned, albeit without both devices being released within the same country.

The most straightforward strategy would be to sell the LG F60 in countries with extensive 4G infrastructure, and the LG L Fino in places where 4G has yet to take off.

Even though LG has said that the LG F60 will make its European debut this week, at the time of writing no retailers appear to be listing the budget smartphone. No pricing information has been released either, but the LG F60 seems to have been designed to compete against the 2013 Motorola Moto G LTE.

The 2013 Motorola Moto G is currently selling for around £150 in the UK, and is priced at approximately €175 in mainland Europe.

The most disappointing aspect of both the LG F60 and LG L Fino is the screen. Although the devices feature an IPS display, it offers only a WVGA resolution, with a pixel density of 207ppi.

Despite the unimpressive screen resolution, interest might still be forthcoming from fans of LG UX. The South Korean manufacturer’s custom Android user interface has generally been well received, and proved to be award-winning at the 2014 Red Dot Communication Design Awards.

On the back of LG UX’s critical acclaim, it was announced that the user interface will be deployed across a wide range of LG’s smartphones and tablets, not just its high-end devices. This includes both the LG F60 and LG L Fino, which will include many of the software features that are present on the LG G3.