LG launches Optimus F7 and F5 4G LTE handsets ahead of MWC

South Korean handset manufacturer LG has unveiled a pair of new handsets ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress.

The Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 both support 4G LTE connectivity and will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The duo will also feature custom LG UX features like QSlide and Live Zooming.

Sporting a 5-megapixel primary camera and 4.3in IPS display, the Optimus F5 is a mid-range device that comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 2,150 mAh battery. It also offers a 1.3-megapixel front snapper and 8GB of on-board storage.

The 4.7in Optimus F7 is a more impressive smartphone, featuring a dual-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz and sporting an 8-megapixel primary camera. Its 8GB on-board storage capacity can be augmented via a microSD card slot, while the 2,540mAh battery is a further improvement on the F5. It may not quite belong in the ultra-premium smartphone segment alongside the likes of the HTC One, but it still looks like a capable high-end device.

"LG continues to lead the industry with 4G LTE innovation and the Optimus F Series, a well-balanced and well-equipped 4G LTE smartphone for the mass market, embodies the best of our broad LTE patent portfolio and innovative UX features," said Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics mobile division.

"With adoption of LTE expected to explode in 2013, we are sending a clear message to consumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn't just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It's for everyone," he added.

LG is currently keeping mum on when the Optimus F5 and F7 will be released and has provided no indication of pricing; however, the firm has confirmed that Europe will be getting the devices, and we'd expect them to hit the UK some time fairly early on in Q2.

The company added that it will give the devices a run out at MWC next week.

LG's Barcelona outing is expected to be headlined by the launch of a new flagship device, the Optimus G Pro - one of our top five devices to expect at MWC 2013.