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LG Revolution Officially Headed to Verizon Stores May 26 for $249 on Contract

Verizon made the LG Revolution officially official today, and will launch it May 26 (tomorrow) in stores for $249 on a 2-year contract.  This should come as no surprise to DL readers – you’ve already seen the entire spec list which included this date, the first shots of the new black battery cover, and the user guide.  For those that haven’t been keeping up though, you are looking at a 4.3″ screen (not SLCD or SAMOLED), front and rear cameras (1.3MP and 5MP), 16GB pre-installed SD card, HDMI-out, and a 1GHz Snapdragon single-core processor.  Yep, another device sporting last year’s tech with this year’s catch phrases.

It will run LG’s Home over top of Android 2.2, feature Bing as its primary search option, and is the first Android device to come pre-loaded with Netflix.  Been wondering why the Charge and Thunderbolt still don’t have access to the movie streaming service?  They’ve got to sell this device somehow don’t they?


Revolution™ By LG Arrives For Verizon Wireless

Dynamic Trio of 4G LTE, Entertainment and Power Combine To Make Revolution™ by LG

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN DIEGO, CA — Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones today announced Revolution™ by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on May 26.

An entertainment powerhouse, Revolution by LG is the first Android™ smartphone preloaded with the Neflix application, allowing Netflix subscribers access to movies and television shows. Revolution customers can capture and share HD images or videos on a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen. Built-in HDMI output and SmartShare capability allow customers to share multimedia content with HDMI capable displays, creating an exceptional entertainment experience.

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 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor
  • Android™ 2.2 platform
  • Access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Bing® Search and Maps
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • Rear-facing 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat
  • 720p HD video recording and playback
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
  • Mobile Hotspot capability allows customers to share 4G LTE with up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices
  • Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer, phone book access

Additional features:

  • V CAST Apps
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard with SWYPE technology
  • Equipped with Dolby® Mobile for rich listening experience
  • Extensive image editor includes: crop, rotate, resize, apply filters, image adjustments, draw, write, erase and add stamps
  • 16 GB preinstalled microSD card™

Pricing and availability:

  • Revolution by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.comfor $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Revolution customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a data package.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access.  An unlimited data package is available for $29.99 for monthly access.  The Mobile Hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge.

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.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visitwww.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 atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2010 global sales of 55.8 trillion Korean won (USD 48.2 billion), LG comprises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators. 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.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lgmobilephones.com.

  • Tymtrax

    Droid Global, 1.2 gig processor..  come on, folks, we dont need another step backwards.  1 gig snapdragon? Get Real!

  • Anonymous

    Is Samsung skin again?

  • steve

    (yawning) Another weak phone by verizon.  I’ve had an upgrade for the last 2 months (still rocking the OG) and looks like I wont be upgrading anytime soon.

  • Carmen Diva

    I like Bing over google, Personally

    but this device doesn’t improve me from the Videos.

    I’ll check it out though at the store but as of now this is a no-go for me

  • Anonymous

    … bing on android, bravo LG best decision ever, you do not understand anything, you want to be sony, now you are sony >>> go and develop a nokia/wp7 clone …

  • Pcman

    Probably the last LTE device you will see on verizon for a while. Until they get a stable lte network it would be useless to continue selling 4g phones when you are only getting 3 hours battery life.

  • Anonymous

    “BING!” …is the sound of me not buying it

  • Anonymous

    i was considering this phone, but now that the lg g2x has been removed from the tmobile site due to “quality issues” i’m never going to consider an lg phone ever again.

  • Anonymous

    This is really not a good time to buy a phone on vzw.  Now that 1 year contract and early upgrades are gone, you are locking in 2 years on a phone that already has old specs and a buggy first gen LTE radio.  I know a single core proc my seem good enough now, but in a year when ice cream sandwich is hitting most phones you’re going to wish you had something better. Native multithreading and hardware accelerated UI will really shine on the newer hardware.

  • Jonyauger

    16gig internal only thing this phone one ups either other 4g phones. 16gig prolly means 10 since all they ever tell ya is the capacity not whats usable out of the box.  For everyone complaining about the specs. How many dual cores are out??? half the yr is over people. Have fun waiting till december to get ur hands on this yrs technology. N by that time i will almost be due to trade in the TBolt if i choose. Have fun OG droid owners

  • Larry M.

    I hate the fact that the LG Revolution comes pre-loaded with Bing. Any word on how easy that is to change? or if we’ll have to void our warranties in order to do so?

    If the latter, I guess this phone will only be good for the rooting and roming crowd who will easily be able to un-Bing it. Of course, that means voiding your warranty. It sucks when OEMs and Carriers do stuff like this that essentially forces you to void your warranty to get what you want out of your phone.

  • Greg ✓

    Lost me at “Bing”, sorry.

  • Slap 25-30 more logos on the back and this phone will be perfect! /s

  • Jacob Bowen

    Ok sorry this needs to be put out there, why would you even release a phone with a front facing camera, if it can’t even use video chat?  Further more there is no time line for a Gingerbread or Ice cream release.  All I have to say is really?  No wait, really?  

  • Jacob Bowen

    Not dual core, not latest Android, no NFC, probably will never get an update (or not any time soon)= Not Happening. I will hold on to my OG Droid, and spend my $249 dollars towards one of the honey comb devices not affiliated with a phone company, then I will burn up my unlimited 3g tethering to it until these stupid carriers start to figure it out!

    • Greg ✓

      Have fun with your tiered plan when you do update though. My thunderbolt however will be $30.

  • LG’s funny.  They’re so eager to prove themselves and then they slap a 5mp camera on their phone and make Bing the default search engine.  Personally, I don’t care for Bing, at the very least they could offer the purchaser a CHOICE if they decide to buy their device.

    • Greg ✓

      Yeah.. I was wondering if my eyes were broken when I saw 5mp instead of 8.

    • Anonymous

      Megapixels means everything! true story. Also verizon put bing on there.

  • Straylight

    I think people are being a bit unrealistic when it comes to what they want in a phone. You cannot cram a 3g radio, a 4g radio, great battery, Qhd screen, AMOLED lcd, dual core, tegra and expect it to be a thin lightweight and CHEAP phone.

    Keep in mind, all these 4g phones are really 1st gen devices. I’m sure it will get better, but its obvious there are some concessions that must be made to create a 4g piece of hardware- price? features? weight?.. I assume phones like say, the Charge, had a $300 price tag so Samsung
    could make up some of the cost of that screen (I believe AMOLED is a bit
    more expensive than regular LCD).

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love for a phone to contain all the above but its just not going to happen for a while.

    • Anonymous

      Screw 4g, it’s obvious the hardware isn’t ready yet.  Just give me the SGS2 which crams all of the other stuff into a very sleek device.

    • Anonymous

      Ohhhh…so you can’t buy a loaded Mercedes for a Kia price? Get real people….everyone wants dual core, but when it comes out with horrible battery life they will bitch about that…you can’t satisfy people. Find the phone you want, buy it and stop hating on every phone not up to your imaginary specs.

  • nobody wants BING! what s MS doing to get manufacturers to make these devices with Bing???

    • Greg ✓

      eating bootyholes.

  • Xeno43

    All I want is a 4.3 inch dual core LTE phone. Is that too much to ask?

    • Bionic obviously, if it ever comes.

      Otherwise, non deal.

  • mw

    I got a model of it in my store, the thing is bulky and blocky and all kinds of wrong. along with its lack of any clear advantage over the charge and thunderbolt, I’m gonna have to declare it a total flop. why oh why verizon, could you not get the optimus 2x!?

    • agreed. but it turned out good.  since no verizon 4g in my area in the near future. and lack of phones and locked down phones i looked at the G2x and tmobile and found tmobile has upgraded network here getting 11 down 3 up . their tierd goes 5 or 10 gigs than slows down at least no overage charges. but not truley unlimited(at full speed) but it is appearing that verizon wont be releasing a comparable phone wiothout tiered data either.  
      so im enjoying this unlocked phone with decent speeds(internet) and just damn fast phone ..that is right up until att ruins the network than ill come back to verizon that shouldnt happen until 2012 so by than verizon should have a phone worthy of being released in 2011 and it will be brand new 🙂

  • 1) how is it that Bing is on a device powered by software from Google? C’mon, Big Red!!

    2) why do UI designers cover their lack of creativity by merely kanging elements off of iOS??

    3) why does it seem that only single core chips are making it into the 4G phones?? 

    I was actually excited for this phone when rumors started to bubble up, but I feel somewhat underwhelmed now… I think I’ll stick with my DX until the D3 hits (which smokes the DX2 from what I’ve heard). I’d rather get a powerhouse phone on 3G than a moderately-equipped one with LTE.

  • Hello Hello Sprint! I’ll take a locked Evo 3d over Verizons crap anyday

  • Dean2359

    What’s with all there heavy ass phones? I thought my bolt was heavy but this thing is even heavier. Thats my only complaint with the bolt,feels like im carrying George’s wallet from Seinfeld.

    • Anonymous

      LTE radio I think.  First gen is a hummer.

    • Anonymous

      My Tbolt feels no heavier in my hand than my OG Droid.

      In fact, according to Google, the Droid weighs in at 169g and the Tbolt weighs 164g

    • Chris

      maybe you should go to the gym a few times if you think a cell phone is heavy.

  • DL should start a poll to see how many people will actually buy this garbage

  • Rain_king46

    1Ghz Snapdragon, isnt that the same processor that is in the DInc? Can anybody tell me why these manufacturers are still using the processors that were released in phones over a year ago?

    • no its the same processor thats in the thunderbolt.  the charge is using the same as the dinc.

      • Anonymous

        No, the Charge uses Samsung’s hummingbird which is the same as the original galaxy s line.

    • Anonymous

      Same exact one to my knowledge.

  • This LG phone has lower specs than the Droid Charge or the Thunderbolt.  $249 is too high.  $199 is a more reasonable price.

    • thats just false.  it has higher specs than both actually. less camera, 7 times approx more internal available memory.  same processor as the thunderbolt. charge is using a year old processor.  revo has hdmi which the thunderbolt doesnt and it should be totally unlocked as all lg phones have been so far. but well have to see if the netflix thing changes this.   screen reloution on these phones is really hyp(for me) i just dont see any difference between he older standard res and these new qhd loook the same to me and i can tell you the G2x screen looks great, remember lg makes alot of the screens out there ipad , tv’s etc. the G2x is using the ips panels not sure about the revolution.  but if you can get the bing and ui off the revolution it should be one of the best single core phones out there.(only problem with lg so far seems to be quality control. took 3 G2x’s to get one that actaully worked 100)

  • Anonymous

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. My Tbolt running Das Bamf 2.0-5 will eat this thing for breakfast.

  • Anonymous

    Should be the LG Humiliation

  • Anonymous

    Froyo – fail
    single core – fail
    Bing  – fail

    Almost as good as my 9 month old DroidX, but crippled by froyo and bing.

    • Greg ✓

      Everyone LOVED them some Froyo this time last year though…

  • PyroHoltz

    Can someone tell me how Bing gets tossed into the mix of all these Android devices?

    Seriously, nothing really against Microsoft here but the Googlage is much better than Binging….no?

    • calculatorwatch

      Meh, some people actually like Bing better, personally I am not one of them.

      I actually tried a few Bing searches and overall the results were not really any better or worse than Google. But honestly I’d rather support the company that gives me free email, web browser, and phone OS, rather than the one that already charges me for everything.

    • EC8CH

      Microsoft pays the carriers/manufactures to preinstall Bing on their devices in an attempt to increase their share of the search market.

      It’s what companies do when they have money to spend and inferior products.

  • Anonymous

    This is unbearable. Verizon customers are getting shafted. I don’t need LTE necessarily. I just want a phone with 2011 specs!!!

  • BING again! Very disappointing!

  • Umgoblue80

    I’m hoping this isn’t the last of the 4G devices for this summer….

    • Amen. I’m up for a new contract in July and so far there are no winner 4G LTE phones. I might just have to bite the bullet and take the X2…

      • Ron Kurkowski

        X2 isn’t LTE so why would you even waste your money?

        • Not every area has 4g. And some care more about the experience on the device and not just browser performance. This really should be a more powerful device and running gingerbread. Verizon really has dropped the ball lately on their hardware. 

        • Anonymous

          Because to many people LTE is a waste – battery hog and limited availability. 

        • You are right, but like Michael Brown said there is the device performance. The X2 is dual-core with a qHD display. As the article suggests even, at this point all of the LTE devices pack last years specs. Even though it’s a locked device, the X2 at least totes current specs (I just vomited in my mouth a little after saying that, but it’s true).

  • Raptor007

    People like the outdated Sense 2.0 and complain about Touchwiz or Optimus UI.  Who cares I run a different launcher anyways, like ADW or LauncherPro or even the freebie gingerbread launcher.

  • The one thing I do not like, is that thin piece of edged plastic above the earpiece, on pretty much every phone that does that, it makes for uncomfortable phone calls, and the piece always bends, chips, or gets dinged very easily.

  • Raptor007

    I often wonder what types of pictures people are taking with an 8MP camera phone, it all comes down to how good the image sensor is and I can tell you HTC image sensors suck.  I’m getting one, planning on rooting it and will get rid of the bloat and add back in Google.  Its equal to the ThunderBolt with MORE internal storage 16GB vs 2.31GB, yeah pretty crappy.

  • EC8CH

    “They’ve got to sell this device somehow don’t they?”

    awwwww snap.

  • gregba

    Galaxy S2 please……

  • JJ

    Honestly Netflix is the big selling point for this.  So far Netflix isn’t working on any other 4G device (without modification and not even then most of the time).  That being the case, I’m definitely going to consider it.  Especially if the battery lasts longer than the thunderbolt.

    • Anonymous

      I have never had the desire to watch Netflix on a 4″ screen while at the same time killing my phone battery. Watching on a 10″ tablet isn’t that great, but a 4″ screen is just lame.

      • JJ

        See the fault in your logic is thinking that this would be my primary method of watching netflix.  Normally I would watch at home on my 55″ LCD.  But if I’m waiting at a doctor’s office, in an airport, etc, it’d be nice to pull out my phone.  Or, an even better use might be keeping my daughter quiet in the car if she gets restless.

  • The Dave

    So….. Same price as TB huh? 

    Not in this lifetime, Verizon. Even netflix can’t make this phone a winner.

  • garbage.

  • their skin looks very similar to TouchWiz…wonder if a**le is going to sue them also

  • Anonymous

    Why dont’ they list the “Internal” memory much anymore? It’s nice that it comes with the MicroSD card but I’d like to know how much it has for apps. (I know you can move apps to SD but anything with a widget you can’t)

  • AmadHTCcustomer

    Basically an Evo.
    With a worse camera.
    And bing.

  • Petersen5

    No phones on Verizon are very cutting edge on the hardware front. Except maybe the Droid x2. But no 4G…

  • What screen are they using if it isn’t SLCD or AMOLED??

    • Anonymous

      They don’t seem to want make that info public. We really have no idea.

      • That’s a shame because i personally would buy a phone unless it had either of those screens as a minimum.  Prefereablly QHD of SAMOLED

      • http://www.phonedog.com/products/lg-revolution/specs/http://gadgetian.com/5277/lg-revolution-4g-lte-full-specs/
        unless these 2 sites are making it up 
         it seems same processor as the thunderbolt, 16 gigs internel memory(both sites say this) well see if thats true seems high.  
        as compared to the thunderbolt this has an hdmi port which the thunderbolt does not.  Lg has not been locking down their phones.  The bing is a joke and lg’s ui isnt the greatest kinda a touchwiz knock off(or the other way around so i have read).  but if this phone really has 16 gigs internel , hdmi,4g same processor as the thunderbolt. unlocked (if the quality is good–see G2x on my third seems good now first 2 were bad)  this seems to be a better phone.  what the charge should of been(for single core) except the charge did use last years technology. the revolution is at least using the latest single core.

  • JK

    Have we hit the point of diminishing returns on hardware specs? 

  • Nithilarajan

    “Yep, another device sporting last year’s tech with this year’s catch phrases” – Love it

  • Carpdm

    BING??? will it have safari web browser too?

    • Muddy B00ts

      I hope so!  Also I hope it comes with VZNavigator preloaded, and v cast, of course.

  • Kellex, any idea what LG’s stance on rooting is?  I’m not interested in this phone, but I’d love to know if they are going to lock down and encrypt their bootloaders like Moto and HTC in case they release something worth a look this year.

    • I don’t think LG’s phones are locked down…yet. But as soon as we start buying their phones for the unlocked bootloader you better believe they will be locked. It’s all the carriers doing.

    • EC8CH

      definately… Android could use a “Good Guy”

  • henry dude

    Its launching w/Netflix.  The device feels very solid in hand but the UI and Bing leave alot to be desired.  It seems quick enough but as Kellex stated, last yr’s buzzwords and technology inside a 4G LTE Brick.  This is almost as big a slap to the face as the Charge is.

  • Anonymous

    Bing….. HAHAHA

  • Wonder how the battery life is

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or does anyone else see the similarity between a Nascar and this phone? Seriously, someone went crazy on the branding.

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