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Hands-on with the LG Revolution, Another Verizon 4G LTE Device

The LG Revolution is the 4th 4G LTE smartphone that will launch on Verizon some time in the first half of 2011.  The device, as all of VZW’s 4G LTE devices do, sports a 4.3″ screen, but only has a 5MP camera and possibly just a 1GHz single-core processor.  The press release can’t confirm that, but we figure if it was a Tegra 2, that they would have been raving about it.

This is the LTE device that popped up a number of times over the last 6 months, but now that it’s real, nothing was all that unexpected.  The HDMI out is always a plus and the 5MP camera appears to have some additional features, so we’ll just recommend that you play with this device yourself.  We liked it, but the Thunderbolt and BIONIC are topping our list right now.

Gallery and press release after the break. 

Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones Lead into the 4G Future with the LG Revolution

First 4G Device from LG Delivers a Next-Generation Smartphone for Customers Ready to Experience Blazing-Fast LTE Technology

LAS VEGAS; BASKING RIDGE, N.J.; and SAN DIEGO – Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones today announced the first 4G LTE smartphone from LG, the LG Revolution. With high-speed 4G LTE connectivity that puts users in the action, LG Revolution offers complete HD support for streaming, playing and recording video multimedia while on the go. Equipped with a chic design, large 4.3-inch touchscreen and Android 2.2 platform, LG Revolution is the ideal device for users ready to experience the next level of smartphone power.

“LG Revolution combines the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network with the power of Android 2.2 to deliver a blazingly fast experience,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “The introduction of the first 4G LTE smartphone from LG is a positive addition to our robust lineup of powerful smartphones.”

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network.  Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.

“Being an innovation and technology leader has always been a top priority for LG and we are thrilled to unveil a new level of smartphone capabilities and features,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. “LG Revolution marks the beginning of new technologies and products that will complement on-the-go consumers looking for high-speed connectivity in one compact device.”

LG Revolution will be on display at CES in Verizon Wireless’ booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center) and in LG’s booth (#8205 in the Central Hall). For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte and for more information about Verizon Wireless at CES, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow the compay on Twitter at http://twitter.com/verizonwireless.

Key features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of  5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi capable
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi devices
  • DLNA, HDMI and DIVX capable
  • Video telephony support with front-facing camera
  • Android 2.2 technology for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Voice and access to Android Market™
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth® 3.0  capabilities with support for Bluetooth Profiles Supported: Headset, Hands-Free, Dial-Up Networking, Object Push, Advanced Audio Distribution (stereo), Audio/Video Remote Control, Phone Book Access, and File Transfer
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD™ card slot with expandable memory up to 32GB

Additional features:

  • Proximity sensor instantly locks touchscreen while talking on the phone
  • Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
    • 5.0-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and camcorder that includes:
    • Five different camera resolutions and three different video resolutions
    • Macro Mode for detailed, up-close pictures
    • Image editor with zoom, rotate, resize, crop, added frames and stamps
    • Customize brightness, white balance, shutter sounds, color effects and use self-timer
    • Optimize video quality with normal, fine or super camcorder settings

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About LG Electronics
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 80,000 people working in over 115 operations around the world. With 2009 global sales of 55.5 trillion Korean won (USD 43.4 billion), LG comprises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning and Energy Solution. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula 1™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

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  • Ryan C

    Nothing will ever be as revolutionary as when the OG Droid first came out.

  • Coolie

    Any word on when we’ll get a system dump?

  • Bob Jope

    VZW is purposely slowing mobile phone evolution. Other carriers get phones that are current or looking ahead a few months. VZW, being huge and releasing middle of the road phones, slows progress of the industry in general.

  • Ricco

    I was rooting for the thunderbolt until I saw this.

    Then I saw on another site that this poor soul has been raped with bing.

    So back to thunderbolt for me.


    I love andorid. But there is one thing about the iphone4, the screen. I am yet to see a device with a nice as looking display as the iphone 4. I hate to say it but it truly looks amazing. Are any of these new phones comparable to iphone 4 screen? The new super AMOLED plus maybe? I just really don’t want an iphone, but I REALLY would like a crisp looking display

  • Guest

    Impressed by the Xoom, but I was expecting so much more from Verizon at CES. I assume these phones will be released late 2Q, which means better LTE phones won’t launch until well after that. Droid X remains the best option, but will there be a DX2? Maybe an LTE DX2?? More waiting game.

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  • Hogasswildmc

    Sorry, Atrix is for me. It has everything the other new devices have but also has the fingerprint reader and the ability to dock into a laptop. That’s incredible. Also has dual core CPU. That’s the only phone I can see me trading my Droid X in for. It’s not as pretty as my Droid X though.

    • Anonymous

      Yah, but then you lose a better network…real 4g…..and you know what you can probably hack eventually that rom onto the bionic…and i still love the bionic…though moto took a slam at vz for doing that…the thunderbolt is better than their inspire…the samsung is i can see the shape of a V….verizon….its ok…i like their samsung too, but 4.5 in is too big…and their atrix…..well i guess hope for docks…i mean their atrix is out first quarter…ours is second so maybe their doing stuff…these are prototypes..

    • DBK

      So you are willing to take a big hit on service and quality products just so you get an extra feature and slightly more memory? You realize that none of that means diddly when on a crappy network, right?

      You also realize that these are prototypes and that much can change before release time.

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  • Oh come on, Motorola 4G LTE smartphone is better 🙂

  • I think it is one of the great phones of LG and there are lots of good features that everyone wants especially Wi-Fi and Android 2.2 technologies. So what is the problem?

  • Sadverizon

    verizon seems to be getting all the crappy phones are they sure they want to change their NE2 as well?

  • Jason

    Wow! It has bing

  • It has Bing! Just FYI

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  • Anonymous

    Great, Now I have two phones that I’ll consider

  • Anonymous

    Who is getting the LG Optimus (sp) 2x?

  • CrashVideo

    So, the LG looks like a Moto, the Moto looks like a Samsung and the Samsung looks like s**t. What gives?

    • Anonymous

      Too Damn funny, sadly true

  • Tggf

    Wow can big red be any more disappointing?

  • LG’s doing great work…before i never saw LG comming up with incredible stuff…

  • S9779

    Strike three for big red. another single core phone with 4G For the folks in a 4G area you are in luck. the rest of us could just go out and get a Droid X.

    • DBK

      We don’t know if it is single or dual core. If anything, it’s probably dual core.

      • Anonymous

        We do know it is listed to be running 2.2–please give up your drivers and let indy devs mod the phones to work with latest Android. I really hope someone gets it right by the time I’m due for an upgrade. I won’t go to a locked down phone, I might as well get an iPhone.

      • Anonymous

        don’t be stupid.

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    • YEAH RIGHT! I’d take this over my Droid X any day. Droid X honestly is an awful phone. No phone with a 1.0 ghz should lag fully stock. Not to mention you can’t even flash any real ROMs because of the bootloader. Motorola is a fail for right now. I am praying the Bionic has an unlocked bootloader even tho I highly doubt it tho. Moto makes some sexy hardware but then ruins it with crap like Blur and fort knox for bootloaders.


        My DROIDX doesn’t lag at all and out performs most on the market today. I’ll take the BIONIC regardless of the locked bootloader…has the best specs so far. A buddy just picked up the NexusS and my DroidX out performs it and sports a better build quality.

  • Steveryan6989

    So they (the new Verizon phones) are all 4.3″ but which is the thinnest? I am hearing that the optimus black is gsm or else I would just get that.

  • Anonymous

    that status bar is not stock android…sorry guys

  • *looks at my obsolete Droid X 🙁

  • If it remains Stock Android, that makes it just that much more appealing!

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  • Gothamsghost

    Does this have some sort of skin or is it stock Android 2.2?

    • So far it’s skinless stock Android and there was no comment from LG on whether or not or even how much skin they might apply -_-

      • Anonymous

        If they keep it ‘skinless’, I will buy this phone (and would encourage others as well) if for no other reason than to knock some sense into Motorola, Samsung, HTC, et al. that we do want their lousy overlays, customizations, and other crap that they insist on including with no remedy whatsoever.

      • palomosan

        They said (LG) that they’re not sure if they’re gonna keep it Stock or mess it up by putting their ugly skin on this beauty.

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  • ~dArK.AnGeL

    BIONIC PLEASE!!…. I need a 1.5Ghz processor, 1Gb RAM, dual camara, LTE, Global, Hdmi, Awesome Screen…. SHAZAM! Make it true….

  • IBowToAndroid

    That camera is a load of fail. “three different video resolutions” means no 720p. Bluetooth 3.0 is kinda cool, but I’m just not feeling this…. Ugh why couldn’t they just have given the Bionic 1 GB of RAM and HDMI?? It’d be perfect then.. Screw Blur, no matter how streamlined it might be. And locked bootloader means nothing- you know it’ll be cracked eventually

    • Correct me if i’m wrong, but as far as i know the DX’s bootloader hasn’t been cracked.

      • jason w.s.

        Nope, it hasnt been cracked..but the dev community always figures out a way around these things. My Droid X is Rooted, ROM’d, and Theme’d out an what have ya. Ive learned that locked bootloaders dont mean squat, because they dont block anybody from anything once the Devs get their hands on em.

    • Nxus1ne

      LOL, you mean like the ones on the Droid X and Droid 2?

    • IBowToAndroid

      Yes like those ones 😛 point is, locked bootloader doesn’t prevent anyone from rooting and ROMing it, and that’s what we care about the most.

  • Jmswim35

    I want a new phone! I need to get rid of my crappy old droid 1!

    • Anonymous

      You may need a new phone, but please don’t call the OG Droid “crappy.” That’s no way to treat the Droid Pappy.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, have some respect for the og 🙂

        • Guest

          I disagree. Droid is a great alternative to you know what, but don’t be so brand loyal that you don’t expect more from Moto, Big Red, etc. Demand better products – even if they already are pretty good.

          • DBK

            Disagreed. That mentality is going to end up biting us in the ass sooner or later.

    • Jpippo4

      We were watching watching you porn and switching roms on the OG while you were in diapers playing snake on your Nokia! SHOW SOME RESPECT!

      haha but yeah, the OG Droid days are numbered. lol

    • jason w.s.

      c’mon now…show some respect to the O.G. of this game. ;-P

      • Anonymous

        Haha, great set of comments. OD was put out right! I’m running (a not quite perfect) gingerbread rom as we speak! Yeah it needs memory but it’s a darned fine device!

  • joker

    and you know the bionic is locked down? right? stop making lies up buddy. One other thing I dont know why everyone hates on moto they have the best two devices out right now the og droid and the DX

    • DBK

      Don’t forget the Droid 2 🙂

    • jason w.s.

      who u talkin to?

  • 855turbo

    No dual core on this or any other choices other than the locked bootloader bionic brings back memories of the old lockdown nazi like verizon that I thought they were trying to get rid of..

    Dissapointing, was hoping for high res amoled tegra 2, guess I will have to rock the droid x until the fall.

  • Jpippo4

    Ok…Bionic, Thunderbolt, Revolution… You gotta Bang one, Marry one, Kill one. GO!

    • Andrew Hewitt

      I’d kill all 3.

    • DBK

      Lol 🙂

      Bang the Revolution, Marry the Bionic, Brutally kill the Thunderbolt.

  • Gotti

    First baby.

    • Anonymous

      you win a single core thunderbolt or a regular thunderbolt!

      oh wait….