The fight against malaria in India just took a new turn with LG announcing a mobile phone that helps you keep mosquitoes away. Basically, an anti-malaria smartphone. Or maybe not. The LG K7i is really nothing more than a budget smartphone that allows you swap back covers with a special “Mosquito Away” case that uses ultra-sound technology to repel mosquitoes. There is also a “Mosquito Away” stand to put the phone in when in use as a mosquito-repellent.
Using ultra-sound to repel mosquitoes isn’t new technology, but it is great to see a smartphone manufacturer package it into their product. Humans cannot hear ultra-sound waves but many animals can.
One wonders though, for a smartphone targeted at India, if the price couldn’t have been kept lower by building the ultra-sound device directly into the phone’s main case instead of throwing the special case and stand into the mix.
LG 230i: the Anti-malaria Smartphone
LG K7i (LG 230i) Specifications and Price
Wireless Network and Software
- GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G: HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
- 4G: LTE Frequency Bands + VoLTE 3(1800) / 5(850) / 40(2300)
- SIM Type: Dual Nano-SIM
- OS: Android 6 Marshmallow (LG Optimus UX 6.0 UI)
- Dimensions: 145.7 x 74.1 x 8.1 mm
- Weight: 154 g
- Display: 5.0-inch, 854 x 480 pixels, OnCell touchscreen
- Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer
- Build: Metal frame
- Colours: Brown
- Processor Type: Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53
- Processor Name: Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435
- Graphics Processor: Adreno 530
- RAM: 2 GB
- Internal Storage: 16 GB
- External Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
- Rear: 5 megapixels, autofocus, LED flash
- Video recording: 720P @ 30 fps
- Front-facing: 5 megapixels
- Music Support: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA,
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
- FM Radio: Yes (available in select markets)
- Bluetooth: v4.2 A2DP
- WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
- GPS: Yes
- USB: v2.0
- Charging: Regular
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh
- Announcement: September 2017
- Availability: September 2017
- Smartphone Price: Rs.7990 (about USD 123)
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