Mobile Geeks get hands on with the new LG L Fino, an entry-level Android smartphone from LG which sports their now signature back navigation buttons. We came across the device at IFA 2014:
The LG Fino is a pretty rare breed of device, being quite possibly the first affordable smartphone device that features a power button and volume rocker on the back. LG of course have pioneered back button placement going back to the LG G2, but this is the first time they have implemented the concept on a more budget oriented device.
The LG L Fino is a 4.5 inch Android smartphone that uses a 480 x 800 (WVGA) resolution IPS LCD screen. Despite the relatively low resolution, the display actually looks pretty good – bright and sharp with thin bezels and good viewing angles – a testament to LG’s prowess in LCD panel manufacturing.
The device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212), a quad-core processor that we find clocked at 1.2GHz accompanied by the Adreno 203. This is very much an affordable processor platform that we have seen before powering the HTC Desire 700 and the Samsung Galaxy Win Pro. The processor gets 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage which is extendable with a mcicroSD card. Certain regions will also get Dual SIM support (alas probably not Europe…). The battery is a removable 1,900mAh that should keep you going all day, or longer considering the low power SoC from Qualcomm that is used.
We are not expecting blistering performance from the L Fino, but that is to be expected when you place the device within the context of its price range, which we expect to be in the entry-level range.