Following Optimus F7’s US Cellular release, LG is preparing to make another mid-range smartphone available on an American carrier. The F3 will thus go on sale on June 14 via Sprint for an affordable $30 with 24-month contracts.
Sadly, the price is after a $50 mail-in rebate, so technically you’ll still have to cough up 80 bucks upfront to score this little fellow. With that in mind, is the Optimus F3 really the smartest buy, even for folks on a tight budget?
It is and it isn’t. In a world where bigger is automatically better for nine out of ten technology aficionados, people looking for portability first and foremost can’t hope to do much better than the F3.
The petite 4-incher packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (undetailed, but likely part of the Snapdragon S4 family), plus a ginormous 2,460 mAh battery that’s really rare for mid-rangers nowadays. Heck, there are even a couple of high-enders that feature smaller tickers than that (cough, HTC One, cough, Sony Xperia Z, cough).
LG’s Optimus F3 scores valuable points in the software department too, running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out the box and also coming with neat little add-ons, like QSlide, QuickMemo, QTranslator and TalkBack.
The connectivity options include everything you could need, from Wi-Fi to 4G LTE and NFC, but the display is where things go south. And I’m not talking about the size, as that’s ultimately a matter of taste.
The 800 x 480 pixels resolution is unfortunately modest by any standards, as is the 5 MP camera slapped on F3’s back. Oh, well, at least the phone is all in all pretty sleek-looking, being coated in elegant silver or snazzy purple. Remember, Sprint is to make this baby available online starting June 14, with in-store stocks coming a little later in the summer.
Via [Into Mobile]