LG has announced a non-camera variant for the LG Optimus L5 for Singapore. It is low to mid-range Android phone that comes with 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While equipped with a 4.0 inch TFT capacitative touch screen, it only has a resolution of 320 x 480. This is low in comparison to competitors like the Huawei Honor U8860 or the iNo-One non-camera phone. Since it is launched directly by LG, it would be easier to get it through MINDEF security as an official non-camera phone.
- 4.0″ Wide Display & 9.5mm Slim Body
- Long Lasting Battery Life – 1540mAh
- Priced at S$399
- Available in White / Black
Comparing the L5 to iNo-One and Huawei Honor
Generally, the specifications pale slightly compared to the other phones in the market. The key specifications that are lacking is the slow 800MHz processor and low screen resolution. These two specifications offset each other with a lower resolution require less processing power. But we prefer a higher resolution when it comes to reading text, and browsing websites on the phone. Both iNo-One and Huawei Honor U8860 has a 480×800 resolution and faster processor of 1.0GHz and 1.4GHz respectively.
Perhaps the only strong advantage it has over the Huawei and iNo non camera phones are that it comes with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but without the hardware specifications to back it up, the user experience won’t be great either. Other advantages include are that it is 1.5 mm thinner than the Huawei, and about 20g lighter. Announced at S$399 (quite similar to Huawei Honor), I personally think the Huawei Honor is more value for money. That being said, I understand the Huawei Honor is still considered a camera removed phone by MINDEF and requires the certification. The LG Optimus L5 might not face the same problem. It is better to check with your Camp Security Officer in terms of the policies in place for the phone. It may differ from camp to camp.
LG Optimus L5: Where to Buy
Priced at S$399. It is available at the following locations. Click on image to enlarge.
LG Optimus L5 E610 Specifications
- Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Optimus UI 3.0 UI
- Processor 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A Cortex-A5 Single-Core
- Graphics processor Adreno 200
- 4.0” TFT LCD, Capacitive Touch HVGA (320 x 480)
- Light sensor, Proximity sensor
- 512MB RAM
- 2GB built-in storage
- microSD up to 32GB
- Bluetooth: v3.1 with A2DP
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,
- GPS, Navigation
- Colors Black
- Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1540 mAh
- Dimensions 118.3 x 66.5 x 9.88 mm
- Weight 122 gram