South Korean electronics manufacturer LG has unveiled its latest all-metal smartphone, LG Zero, which goes with the LG Class moniker in Germany, Korea, Russia and Singapore. The LG Zero was first introduced in Korea and is being gradually rolled out to other key markets including Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The phone draws on the same camera technology as found in the LG G series and comes with a full metal body. Like Samsung, LG has taken the tack of releasing a metal bodied phone into the affordable sector, rather than gunning for the top like HTC. Originally released in Korea in September, the LG Zero is now making a march globally, heading to other Asian countries, as well as Europe and Latin America. To confuse matters a little, in Germany, Korea, Russia and Singapore, it's actually branded under the name LG Class.
One of the highlights of the LG Zero smartphone, similar to Class smartphone, is its metal body, and like other recent LG handsets, it features power and volume rocker buttons on the rear panel, just below the primary camera. The handset sports LG logo branding both on front and back panels. The Zero sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, which the company touts comes with the image sensor from the LG G4 flagship.
For specifications, the LG Zero smartphone featured identical specifications as the Class. It features a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display. It offers a pixel density of 294ppi. The company notes that the Zero features an "Arc Glass" design at the edges giving it a slimmer profile. The company has confirmed that the LG Zero runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The smartphone supports FM radio recording feature while also featuring a 1W speaker.
It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Considering that the Class was backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, we can expect Zero smartphone to be powered by the same chipset. One of the biggest differences between the two handsets is in RAM - the Zero packs 1.5GB of RAM while Class came with 2GB of RAM. The handset packs 16GB of built-in storage while supporting expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB).
It measures 142x71.8x7.4mm and weighs 147 grams. For connectivity, the LG Zero supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, and Micro-USB. The smartphone packs a 2050mAh embedded battery. LG is expected to announce the prices and participating carriers locally at the time of availability in selected markets.
Announcing the handset, Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company said, "At LG, we do not believe in limiting our best technology to just our flagship devices. The LG Zero exhibits innovation not only in its design but in its ability to offer premium features at a competitive price point."
LG has announced that it'll begin selling the LG Zero, its first smartphone to come with an all metal body and 4G LTE Support.
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