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Selfie wars: LG takes on rivals with new phones

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Selfie wars: LG takes on rivals with new phones
News from CNBC:

In the global smartphone market, selfie wars are heating up.

Korean electronics giant LG has unveiled a range of mid-tier smartphones designed with “high quality selfies in mind,” as device makers battle for camera superiority.

The four devices – named Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy – are curved with screen sizes ranging from 4 inches on the Joy model, to 5 inches on the Magna.

But LG, like others over the past year, is pushing one of the phones’ features in particular: the ability to take selfies.

The Magna handset has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies, and all of the devices have a feature enabling users to take pictures with a simple hand gesture. LG said it had extended the distance at which the camera can recognize the gestures to 1.5 meters, meaning users could attach a “selfie stick” and trigger the camera from further away.

Analysts said that over the past year, the front-facing camera has become an increasingly important differentiator for smartphone makers, but it is becoming tough to stand out from the crowd.

“We have seen a big jump in megapixels and quality on this camera and it is one way that device makers are looking to differentiate their products,” Ian Fogg, head of mobile at IHS, told CNBC by phone.

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