HWM (Singapore) - - Design & Handling -

The first in LG’s “F” se­ries smart­phones, the Op­ti­mus F5 strikes a mid­dle ground be­tween the af­ford­able “L” and the top-end “G” se­ries. It is no sur­prise that LG did not use pre­mium glass panel for the back of the Op­ti­mus F5 (such as on the Op­ti­mus G), in­stead go­ing with a re­mov­able plas­tic back that sports re­flec­tive pat­terns.

The fin­ish­ing of the Op­ti­mus F5 is de­cent, al­though the plas­tic back has no­table flex. It is nei­ther par­tic­u­larly thin (9.3mm) nor light­weight at 131.1g, but feels nice in the hands.

Dom­i­nat­ing the front of the Op­ti­mus F5 is a 4.3-inch IPS dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 960 x 540 pix­els. The bezels around the dis­play are rather thin, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to fit in a sim­i­larly-sized dis­play in a slightly smaller body.

The Op­ti­mus F5 runs on An­droid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and LG’s Op­ti­mus 3.0 user in­ter­face (UI). The Op­ti­mus 3.0 UI of­fers fea­tures such as zoom­ing in recorded videos, and the abil­ity to run two apps si­mul­ta­ne­ously on the same screen via QSlide.

Hard­ware- wise, the Op­ti­mus F5 has a Qual­comm Snap­dragon S4 du­al­core 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of in­ter­nal stor­age. There is a mi­cro-SD slot to bump up the over­all ca­pac­ity to 40GB (with a 32GB mi­croSD card). It also comes with a re­mov­able 2,150mAh bat­tery.

The Op­ti­mus F5 has a 1.3-megapixel front-fac­ing


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