LG to continue its mid-range L Series smartphones with new models

If there’s one company that has a tendency to announce new gadgets before big events, it’s LG. We saw it before CES started this year, and now we’re seeing it again right before Mobile World Congress in Spain, where LG is talking up new handsets for its entry-to-mid priced series of phones.

The new phones continue what LG started in 2012 for the first L Series Optimus handsets, models of smartphone that were announced in July of last year and fetched prices all under $400, essentially packing in mid or high-end features, but offered under what many might expect.

“LG has a history of pushing the envelope when it comes to style and Optimus L Series II builds on this heritage of design innovation,” said LG’s Dr. Jong-seok Park. “By evolving the sophisticated style and premium features of the original Optimus L Series, its sequel is expected to continue the popularity of the L Series around the world.”

Three phones have been pre-announced for the range thus far, with LG throwing in the high grade In-Plane Switching displays into the handsets. Each model receives a different size screen, with the second generation L7 taking a 4.3 inch 800×480, the L5 Series 2 receiving a 4 inch 800×480, and the new L3 running a 3.2 inch 320×240 screen.

Specs have yet to be announced for all the new handsets, but we do know that the new L7 will feature a 1GHz dual-core chip, up to 4GB storage, microSD slot, 768MB RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, front VGA camera, a huge 2460mAh battery – bigger than the Optimus L9 – and Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean.”

A dual-SIM version of the L7 will be released in various locations around the world, though all will come with LG’s software features, such as QuickMemo, which lets you take down ideas or phone numbers on screen at any time.

Pricing or availability has yet to be announced for this region, though with Mobile World Congress on in the next couple of weeks, we’d say LG will be making a comment on this shortly.