"Fashion forward" LG Optimus L5 rolls out to UK and Europe this month

LG has announced that its Optimus L5 smartphone will make its European debut this month.

The device will be available in the UK, Germany, and France, followed by markets in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East, and Asia, before finally landing in Central America and South America, LG said. The Optimus L5, announced at this year's Mobile World Congress in February, runs on Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Its other specifications, however, may leave something to be desired. It's powered by a single-core 800MHz processor, and features 4GB of internal storage, a 1500mAh battery, and a 4in HVGA display, which PC Mag and ITProPortal mobile analyst Sascha Segan said "looks downright grainy," during some hands-on time at the MWC.

On the positive side, the Optimus L5 has NFC for mobile wallets and a 5-megapixel camera with HDR for good photos in varying light conditions. It also sports a rectangular body with a textured back, and a program called QuickMemo, which lets users quickly jot down memos or notes without having to open a separate app.

"The LG Optimus L5 is a very balanced smartphone that offers a great combination of design, display, performance, battery life and price that many will find very attractive," Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics, said in a statement. "This device, along with other products in our L-Series portfolio, will especially appeal to fashion forward users everywhere."