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Verizon and LG Announce the Spectrum, Available January 19 for $199

The LG Spectrum is now official and headed to Verizon on January 19 for $199. This device isn’t a secret to any of you since we dropped a bomb of knowledge about it last week, but the price is new and shocking for the most part. As a high end LTE device on Big Red, that $199 price is a breath of fresh air.

To recap, this phone has a 4.5″ True HD IPS display, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear shooter, front camera, Android 2.3 and runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It’s most definitely LG’s best device in a long, long time.

Press release below. Spectrum landing page here.  

VERIZON WIRELESS AND LG MOBILE CONTINUE LEGACY OF INNOVATION BY OFFERING A TRUE HD MOBILE EXPERIENCE WITH SPECTRUM™ BY LG

Latest LG Smartphone Boasts True HD IPS Display, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE, Dual-Core Processor and ESPN ScoreCenter App with Exclusive HD Feed

LAS VEGAS – From the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile today announced Spectrum™ by LG smartphone, exclusively for Verizon Wireless. Spectrum is the first smartphone for Verizon Wireless to feature a 4.5-inch True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, the same display technology used in premium LG HD televisions. Intensifying its HD capabilities, Spectrum by LG will give customers exclusive HD access to the ESPN™ ScoreCenter application. Spectrum will be in the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259) and LG booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth #8204).

ESPN’s ScoreCenter app is supported by an exclusive HD video feed, giving customers the exclusive access to ScoreCenter stats, images and videos in 720p HD. Scoreboards and live game details include in-game stats, news and video. Personalization features allow fans to customize their ScoreCenter experience by highlighting their favorite teams and leagues from around the world, all in crystal clear high-definition.

Showcasing LG’s True HD technology, Spectrum by LG supports 1280 x 720 resolution and offers one of the brightest and sharpest displays available on a mobile device. Spectrum’s 500-nit display luminance and Real-Stripe RGB pixels offer users clear viewing in direct sunlight and accurate true-to-life color rendering.
Spectrum also features a Qualcomm® 1.5 GHz dual-core processor combined with 4G LTE connectivity for robust power, multitasking and download speeds. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets.

Key features:
• 4.5-inch True HD IPS display provides natural colors and brilliant, undistorted HD images in 16:9 aspect ratio.  Pictures and texts are incredibly sharp with 329 pixels per inch (PPI) screen density.
• Protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the True HD IPS display uses Real Stripe subpixel arrangement so images never get blurred.
• Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available the first half of 2012); support for Google™ Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ and access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Market™.
• Preloaded Netflix app allows Netflix subscribers to stream the latest movies in high-definition quality.
• Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor makes multitasking seamless. Customers can surf the Web, check email and update social networks effortlessly.
• ESPN’s ScoreCenter app offers the most comprehensive sports coverage available on an Android device whether you follow the NFL or Premier League, ICC Champions League or MLB™, NASCAR or Formula One™. Customers can follow teams from more than 500 leagues around the world with an exclusive 720p high-definition feed for Spectrum by LG while connected to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network or Wi-Fi.
• Spectrum supports Dolby® Digital Plus, which allows users to maximize their HD multimedia experience. Dolby Digital Plus can stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound through home entertainment systems.
Additional features:
• 8-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash to snap beautiful pictures and 1080p video capture
• Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat
• SmartMovie HD app—create and edit HD videos right on the Spectrum by LG
• Mobile Hotspot capability—share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
• Bluetooth® Version 3.0
• 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed with support for up to 32 GB microSD card
• SmartShare—share media wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
• HDMI mirroring capable via MHL
Pricing and availability:
• Spectrum by LG will be available on Jan. 19 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
• Customers who purchase a Spectrum by LG will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
Customers Can Score the Game Winner
LG and ESPN  are teaming up to give fans the chance to score an unbelievable sports weekend, including two tickets to ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT Event and a trip to the big game in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5. Customers can visit www.SpectrumbyLg.com or www.verizonwireless.com/spectrum for official rules, details and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of sports history.
For more information and product images, please visit LG’s online press kit at www.LGnewsroom.com/ces2012.
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  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    Actually I’d say this low price is due to 2 things: 1) LG’s awful showing in the smartphone space: they’re desperate for any kind of foothold they can get 2) The device is shipping with 2.3, but the Gnex already has 4.0. There goes much of your pricing power.

    In short, I don’t think we’re quite done with $300 LTE phones just yet.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap…..  Verizon needs to get their nasty, grubby little hands off of these phone designs.  A company comes out with something nice (LG, Samsung, HTC, etc.) and they frack it up.I swear, the original LG version of this phone looked better than this.  The LTE phone that Sony announced for AT&T today is nice, but I wonder if: a) Verizon will get it, and b) if they’ll screw up that nice design as well.

  • http://www.budgetgamingpc.org/ Gabe Gamer

    I’m still glad I grabbed the Galaxy Nexus

  • Lgreg64

    i think VZW has finally come to there census and will start there high end phone at $199. i for one refused to buy a phone at 299.

  • http://twitter.com/samwillman Sam Willman

    This phone is .. just ugly.  I’m sorry, it just is.

  • http://twitter.com/rwssoccer1 Ryan St. Germain

    $199 because its LG

  • http://twitter.com/PackFanJason Jason

    If the bootloader is unlocked this is pure win regardless of the shipping version of Android.  If the bootloader is locked well then they can keep it. 

  • I_am_disappoint

    Again, no mention of GSM. I guess this is not a global-capable phone, unlike what earlier rumors and screenshots hinted at. This is really disappointing.

    • Anonymous

      LG Nitro HD is the GSM version. I guess LG’s going carrier specific with this one.

      • Wowzers

        This would be a great phone if it were on Verizon. We VZW people are still waiting for an LTE+GSM phone, though.

  • Lmrojas

    Phone prices falling back to earth, thank Tebow

    • shdowman

      /slap

  • Anonymous

    $200. Me likey!

  • http://twitter.com/KerrySaylor Kerry Saylor

    FAIL – Any new phone released w/o Android 4.0 is a failure.  I don’t care if it will be released in 1st half of 2012 …. doesn’t matter!  Should be on all new devices now!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. At this point is a matter of preference anyways…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

      so far, the dumbest thing said in 2012

    • Anonymous

      Think before you post next time please! We will all be better off for it

  • Anonymous

    My upgrade is available January 18th. Hoping this + Sprint GNex announcement will lower the Verizon GNex to 199.

  • Sporttster

    Bootloader locked? Removeable batt??

    • Mark_Venture

      removable battery per the user guide that Droid-Life leaked last week.

      Not sure about boot loader

    • Anonymous

      I just posted on LG’s mobiles forums about the bootloader status.  Given other posts I am sure LG’s response will be “No announcement has been made if the bootloader will be unlocked or not.  I will let you know if I hear anything.”  But I tried and they may surprise me lol.  

  • Xtcvapor

    No soft buttons… still a 4.5″ screen is big but it ain’t a gnex.

  • Anonymous

    it’s cheap because they don’t want another “Rezound” on their hands, but this in not event as close to a Rezound  

    • Anonymous

      Same processor and better screen with (presumably) vanilla Android and an unlocked bootloader, so you’re right about that. Of course, if the bootloader is locked and it runs a lame skin, the Rezound might be the better pick. Personally, I’m not into the Snapdragon and LCD screens, but I would get this over the Rezound from what we know right now.

      • Leetusername

        LG has their own skin.  Look at the picture, that isn’t stock 2.3

        • Anonymous

          You’re right; that sucks, but I’m not a fan of Sense so it’s not too crazy (unless the LG skin is really obtrusive). Still, the screen should make iPhone refugees feel at home (since LG makes the iPhone’s screen, too, and this is the same tech/ppi but bigger).

  • jppricesd

    Meh.  Dual core and Gingerbread is so 2011.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully the rest of 4g lte phones will be priced at this rather than $299. Maybe at&t with their lte(even not in many markets) is putting a little pressure on vzw.

  • Michael Forte

    Now if only the other 4G phones were priced the same. Is this one Binged as well?

    • Anonymous

      • Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available the first half of 2012); support for Google™ Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ and access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Market™.

      I would say no.

      • Anonymous

        I like the sound of that….

  • Anonymous

    Way to start a price war LG!  Nice, but I’m still keeping my Gnex.