LG updates F Series with two new LTE phones (hands-on)

With all this G2 mini and G Pro 2 talk recently, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that LG also has other handset lines. On the table (literally and figuratively) today are the F70 and F90 mid-rangers. The former is a 4.5-inch (WVGA) device with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 taking care of bi'niz, plus a 5-megapixel camera, 2,440mAh battery and just 4GB of internal storage. As for the F90? Well, it's a little bigger at 4.7 inches, but has the same chipset and onboard memory. You will get a slightly better camera though, with LG giving it an 8-megapixel shooter. Thankfully, both come with a microSD card slot to augment that lackluster amount of onboard storage.

The phones themselves? Well, they're a plucky pair, that's for sure. It's easy to dismiss mid-spec handsets like these out of hand in the design department, but LG has clearly made enough effort to make sure that they feel well-built and don't look entirely terrible. The textured back panels go a long way to brush off that low-end feel you can sometimes get at this level, and the small details around the edges, ports and buttons also add a nice aesthetic touch. The menu and UI, however, definitely feel like they're more intended for users who like to keep things simple with bigger fonts and basic options, and that's no bad thing. Power users will, of course, already be looking elsewhere. One other thing to remember is that, toe to toe, these two cheeky chaps aren't all that different in specification to the LG G2 mini, even down to the much-touted "knock knock" feature. Food for thought right there.