LG has unveiled its latest smartphone, the LG Spectrum which will come with a 4.5in IPS display with 720p resolution.
The handset, which will be launched on 19 January in the US may never make it to the UK however, as it is a 4G device and will be availalble exclusively from Verizon initially and will run on the carrier’s LTE network.
The handset features a 4.5in True HD IPS display – the same technology used in LG’s high-end TVs. It will have a resolution of 1280 x 720 and boast a 329ppi pixel density. The display has a 500nit brightness and uses Real-Stripe RGB pixels to help viewing in direct sunlight.
The LG Specturm has a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core and will initially come with Android 2.3, but LG has confirmed this will be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich, coming in the first half of 2012. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, with the rear camera capable of capturing 1080p video.
There will be 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 16GB microSD card will come with the phone, though it will support cards up to 32GB. It will have a sizeable 1830mAh battery.
The phone will also come pre-installed with the ESPN Score Center app which will provide exclusive HD content from the sports channel.
Launching on 19 January, the phone will cost $199 on a two year contract. We’ll be going hands-on with the device in the coming days and bringing you our initial thoughts.
LG said it would be launching more mobile phones at Mobile World Congress at the end of February when we may see a European version of the LG Spectrum.
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