Ahead of MWC 2015, LG has announced a four new mid-range smartphones which have design and features normally 'reserved for premium models'. See also: The best phone you can buy in 2015.

Although it's LG has not unveiled the G4 at MWC Barcelona this week, we at least have four new smartphones to get to grips with. The LG Magna, LG Spirit, LG Leon and LG Joy will start rolling out globally this week.

Three has confirmed it will be exclusively offering the Spirit 4G until June, but at the time of writing we have no other UK-specific information on release dates or prices.

"LG's new mid-range collection continues our legacy of offering amazing smartphones at reasonable prices," said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG. "For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn’t how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets."

All the new smartphones will be available in 3G and 4G models with the difference on the design front being either a plastic patterned or metallic rear cover. Three have a Rear Key like the current LG G3 meaning the power and volume buttons are located on the back below the camera lens.

The LG Magna, ultimate in Latin, is the most highly specced of the four with a 5in screen, quad-core processor, 8 Mp camera and 2540 mAh removable battery. All the new handsets come with 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM.

The Spirit model has a 4.7in display which drops to 4.5in on the Leon while the LG Joy has an even smaller 4in screen. Android 5.0 Lollipop is the operating system of choice and LG will pre-load its UX interface including Gesture Shot and Glance View.

See below for full specifications of all four smartphones.

LG Magna Specifications

Display: 5.0-inch HD (294 ppi)
Chipset: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core
Camera: Rear 8MP / Front 5MP
Memory: 8GB / 1GB
Battery: 2,540mAh (removable)
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps
Size: 139.7 x 69.9 x 10.2mm

LG Spirit Specifications

Display: 4.7-inch HD (312 ppi)
Chipset: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core
Camera: Rear 8MP or 5MP* / Front 1MP
Memory: 8GB / 1GB
Battery: 2,100mAh (removable)
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps
Size: 133.3 x 66.1 x 9.9mm

LG Leon Specifications

Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA (220 ppi)
Chipset: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core*
Camera: Rear 8MP or 5MP* / Front VGA
Memory: 8GB / 1GB
Battery: 1,900mAh (removable)
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps
Size: 129.9 x 64.9 x 10.9mm

LG Joy Specifications

Display: 4.0-inch WVGA (233 ppi)
Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core / 1.2GHz Dual-Core
Camera: Rear 5MP / Front VGA
Memory: 8GB or 4GB*/ 1GB or 512MB
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop / Android 4.4 KitKat
Battery: 1,900mAh (removable)
Network: LTE Cat. 4 / HSPA+ 21Mbps
Size: 122.7 x 64.0 x 11.9mm