LG launches mid ranged LG Band Play – Specs and Price

After the big launch of its flagship the LG G4, the smartphone maker from South Korea announced a new mid-range offering the LG Band Play. The Smartphone will be available in South Korea initially and details for the other regions are to be announced, will be available for KRW 394,800 or $356 or Rs. 22,627.

The LG Band Play which is to compete with smartphones such as the Xiaomi Mi4i, Huawei Honor and the Sony Xperia M4 and HTC’s Desire lineup has quite an average specification resume compared to competing phones at the same price point. The newest offering from LG has a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display having 293 PPI .It is powered by a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor which is supported by 2GB RAM and has an Adreno 306 GPU for handling graphics, and is capable of decent level of gaming.

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LG followed suit with its other smartphones with the LG Band Play’s 13-megapixel rear camera which offers laser auto-focus technology with dual-LED flash. The smartphone also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and for taking selfies. The smartphone has 16 GB built in storage which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 32 GB) and comes with a 2300 mAh user removable battery. It is based on the 64 bit version of Google’s Android 5.1 with LG’s own UI tweaks.

The device offers several connectivity options with Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and 3G. The handset is on the lighter side weighing approximately 126 grams and the candy bar form factor amounts for a great grip. One of the other prime features is the 1-watt speaker which comes with the smartphone and a set of LG QuadBeat 3 earphones.

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The phone overall seems to lack in the specifications department, as processors better than 1.2 GHz are available at price points below Rs 10,000 and also the screen does not seem to be extremely compelling, but with expandable storage, the better speakers and the the earphones it appeals to the music lover in the customer and LG’s devices have been optimized better than most phones. So, all in all its a decent buy, but users who want a better smartphone for gaming and resource intensive tasks might prefer to stay away.

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