LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: As expected, LG this afternoon used a press event to showcase several recently announced devices including a flagship phablet, its first-ever compact high-end smartphone, and a number of mass-market handsets.
At the centre of LG’s announcement was the G Pro 2, which is a high-end product, but the company also introduced the G2 Mini, which is a smaller model for its premium smartphone range. The company is betting that the new smartphones will underpin signs of a recent recovery in its performance.
The G Pro 2 has a 5.9-inch, full-HD screen with an emphasis on photography, and includes a feature that simultaneously takes two versions of the same image: one with flash and one without. The final image combines both versions.
The G Pro, the predecessor of the new device, won the award for the best smartphone at Mobile World Congress in 2013.
LG also presented the G2 Mini, billed as a smaller version of the G Pro 2. This has a 4.7-inch full-HD screen and is the company’s first-ever compact smartphone. The company’s domestic rival Samsung has already developed a smaller smartphone, namely the Galaxy Mini.
LG also announced the third generation of its L Series mass-market smartphones, including the L40, L70 and L90 and the F70, aimed at the mid-range market.
The South Korean company further showcased a new feature called Knock Code, a 2-8 digit code that enhances the security of its existing Knock On feature, which enables users to unlock a smartphone with two taps of their finger.