It’s not unusual to see sub-$200 or even sub-$100 smartphones being released by obscure manufacturers from China and India that would be willing to do anything to be noticed. Not unusual, but still pretty impressive.
And then there’s the Optimus L1 II, LG’s newest entry-level handheld, which we’re hearing will be launched soon in select markets across Asia and Europe for as less as $95. Specifically, Vietnam (of all places) is set to get the tiny little thing for 1,990,000 VND (wut?), which apparently converts to a measly 94 US bucks.
The Optimus L1 II is only confirmed to land in two other countries as of now (Russia and UK), but if you ask me the entire old continent will probably receive a piece of this deliciously cheap pie by the end of August.
Now, what exactly are you getting for that $95? Not much would be an enormous understatement. You basically get a device that’s “smart” only on paper, because in reality the 3-inch 320 x 240 pix res display, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor and 512 MB of RAM will teleport you back to the golden age of feature phones.
Yet somehow the 3-incher runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with pre-loaded software including things like QuickMemo or Cheese Shutter. I really find it hard to believe JB will work smoothly on the newest Optimus family member, but if it does this baby could well become the world’s greatest entry-level device ever.
Other features include a not so terrible 1,540 mAh battery, 4 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3G connectivity, plus a fairly lackluster (so as not to say crappy) 2 MP rear camera. The Optimus L1 II is also pretty chunky, measuring 12.2 mm in thickness, but remember, $95, Jelly Bean, 3G and Wi-Fi. Mmkay?
Via [Fone Arena]