While the G2 was undoubtedly the biggest star of yesterday’s LG New York event, being also probably the coolest Android phone around, a more modest mid-ranger was also (quietly) introduced as part of the press conference that wrapped up less than 24 hours ago.
This fellow is called the Optimus F6 and joins a family that already includes an F3, F5 and F7. As you might have guessed already, the F6 sits between the F5 and F7 on the Android food chain, which is not a terrible place to find yourself into.
True, there’s nothing really extraordinary about F6’s specs, but it should still fare pretty well against fellow mid-end devices. In fact, if this wasn’t H2 2013, but, say, mid-2012, it could even challenge top-tier gadgets in a number of departments.
For one thing, it packs a ginormous 2,460 mAh battery, very close in capacity to Samsung Galaxy S4’s ticker and actually 160 mAh bigger than the one found inside the HTC One. Pretty impressive, eh?
Meanwhile, you know I can’t lie to you, so I have to admit the display is big, at 4.5 inches, but lackluster, boasting a yesteryear 960 x 540 pixels resolution. The dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor is not that hot either, though I guess it should do an honorable job in multimedia playing and even light gaming.
Okay, what else? Well, you can either adopt the glass half full attitude, based on things like Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, 1 GB of RAM, microSD support, NFC or 4G LTE speeds, or look at the glass half empty part of F6’s list of features – 4 GB of on-board storage, 10.2 mm thickness, 5 MP rear snapper, 1.3 MP front cam.
In either case, you should know T-Mobile is expected to be the only US carrier to sell the LG Optimus F6. No words on an ETA or pricing yet, but be sure to keep in touch.
Oh, yeah, and T-Mo has started carrying a slightly older LG handheld as well, though this one doesn’t have a bittersweet spec sheet, but a downright bitter one. It’s the tiny Optimus F3, available with Sprint since June and up for grabs with Magenta now for $0 upfront, plus 24 monthly payments of 10 bucks each. $240 in total? Pass.