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LG’s getting its mitts into smartphones in a big way, updating its L series and Google Nexus smartphones, while introducing a new model that could see 4G put in the hands of anyone and everyone.

It’s a big week for technology, and we can feel it already. While GadgetGuy’s Valens Quinn hits up Computex in Taipei this week, there’s plenty happening locally in Australia, and LG is at the forefront, announcing several new products that will be hitting stores soon. Very soon.

First up is a minor update to the Google Nexus built by LG: it now comes in white.

It’s still the same 3G phone with quad-core processing, 2GB RAM, ands a $419 price plan, but it comes with a new coat of paint and Google’s stock Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” operating system.

So that’s a minor update, but the good news is that there are better things happening at LG.

One of these is the Optimus F5, the first phone in LG’s “F” series that brings 4G for a more budget-friendly price point.

For $299 on prepaid at both Optus and Virgin (or on post-paid plan), the LG Optimus F5 packs in a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB storage, microSD, 1GB RAM, and a 4.3 inch 940×540 qHD display viewable from practically every angle thanks to the IPS technology.

You’ll also find a 5 megapixel rear camera, 2150mAh battery, and all the regulars, such as Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Android 4.1.2 “Jelly Bean.”

Oh, and then there’s that 4G thing, which at the moment only comes in at a similar price point with Telstra’s own 4G offering produced by ZTE.

“The Optimus F5 is a great addition to the LG mobile range, delivering 4G capability and the features that our customers have been raving about from the release of our flagship Optimus G,” said Jonathan Banks, Head of Mobiles for LG Australia.

“With the Optimus F5 we’re confident we can capture an untapped market of new and upgrading smartphone users who crave a feature-rich 4G device, but are not ready to commit to the higher priced post-paid offerings in the market.”

We have one in our hands and should have a review shortly, but in the mean time, those of you who don’t need 4G but do need a new smartphone can feast your eyes on the new phones LG is releasing for between $100 and $249.