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LG Optimus L70 Dual review: Hands-on First look

by on March 10, 2014
 

LG had launched a mid-range flagship smartphone, the LG Optimus L70 Dual in the MWC 2014, Barcelona. The LG Optimus L70 Dual is supposedly another addition to the LG’s L series of smartphones and luckily we got to experience this phone in the LG Tech show. Let us find out more about this device in our LG Optimus L70 Dual review.

Design and build

From the looks of it, the LG Optimus L70 Dual seems to be a budget friendly smartphone with decent specs. The phone is entirely made of plastic with beautiful curved corners giving it a playful consumer grade look. It sports a 4.5 inch display with a comparatively low resolution of 400×800 pixels. Above the display lies the ear piece and front camera while below, we have four soft touch buttons for back, home, menu and dual SIM manager respectively. The volume rocker lies on the left side while the power button lies on the right. The USB port and mic are present below and the 3.5 mm jack along with another mic lies on the top. The phone has an 8 MP auto focus camera at the back with the LED flash ofcourse. A 5 MP variant is also available in few markets. The Optimus L70 has a nice matte textured back cover which makes the phone very easy to hold. Also it prevents the phone from behaving as a finger print magnet. We checked out what was inside the phone as well and we saw a 2100 mAh battery powering this phone. It has two SIM card slots and the memory card sits on the top of one SIM slot.

The LG Optimus L70 Dual runs a 1.2 GHz dual core Cortex A7 Snapdragon 200 processor with 1 GB of RAM. The Adreno 302 GPU makes sure every game runs smoothly. It also comes with 4 GB of internal memory which can be expanded using microSD card.

User Interface

The LG Optimus L70 Dual currently runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS and this will be a plus point for this phone since Android 4.4.2 is very rare among the mid-range smartphones. Another worth mentioning feature of this phone is the knock on feature which is now available on almost every LG device. The UI is very similar to the usual LG phones and is buttery smooth. We were very happy with the responsiveness and fluidity of the interface although the phone is low on specs.

The notification bar has lots of options along with the quick function toggle. The app dock is customizable and folders can be created. You can tap on the Dual SIM manager button to manage your SIM cards. The app drawer is filled with a lot of LG’s in-house apps and Google apps. This phone also supports many gesture settings which can be customized from the settings menu.

The 5 MP camera has the usual simple LG interface. We experienced slight delays while shooting pictures and videos. This is expected from a mid-range smartphone I believe. The camera app also offer a number of customizations. The default browser is able to render webpages in desktop grade. It has a 505 score in the HTML5 test which is impressive. The pinch to zoom is completely lag free. Videos can be played above other apps similar to the multi-window feature in Samsung devices.

The LG Optimus L70 Dual is expected to hit the Indian market by next month although the price has not be officially announced yet. Being a budget phone, we expect it to be around 16k- 17k.

Thank you for reading our LG Optimus L70 review.