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Verizon’s LG Optimus LTE2 to be Called Spectrum 2, Eight Months Later and We Already Have a Sequel?

Yep, there you have it. The new Verizon-branded LG Optimus LTE2 will be known as the Spectrum 2. Kind of interesting seeing as how the first Spectrum launched this last January, not even a full eight months ago. From previous reports that we have seen, the device is set to come with Android 4.0.4, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP back shooter. There was also a rumored release date of 10 days ago, but clearly, that did not take place.

Any LG Spectrum owners feeling a bit cheated by this? Just half a year later and they are ready to introduce a beefed up version of your device that has a better processor and bigger display. It reminds us a lot of how DROID RAZR owners may have felt after they saw Verizon launch the RAZR MAXX.

Via: TechnoBuffalo

  • enigmaco

    Droid 3 the sequel just with more months in between

  • guli981

    welcome to the tinyurl.com/cyk9xz2

  • http://twitter.com/marker1015 MrSix

    “Any LG Spectrum owners feeling a bit cheated by this?”

    I really hope that isn’t a serious question, or that you’re asking it just to get responses. Possibly the worst question ever. I mean 8 months, 8!! Not 2, not 4, not 6….8. The undeserved sense of entitlement someone wold have to have…

  • imns

    8 Months is an eternity compared to the time between the Droid 3 and Droid 4.

    • http://twitter.com/marker1015 MrSix

      so you’re saying 8 months is an eternity compared to….6 months…? Damn, my girl is 3 months older than me, someone better call Chris Hansen!

  • zepfloyd

    “”
    Any LG Spectrum owners feeling a bit cheated by this?”"
    ….Are there any in the first place?!

  • mustbepbs

    Couldn’t they at least round the edges? That thing looks hideous.

  • Knlegend1

    Verizon up to their old tricks again. Muhahahaha!!!!

  • tech247

    Technology waits for no one. Its been 8 months since the initial adopters got theirs. I don’t see a reason for them to feel cheated.

    • MyStroPro

      Yea… agreed. 8 months is not that bad, though if product support sucks, it makes it feel a bit worse.

      That being said, the analogy of the Razr / Razr Maxx is not a good one in this article. We knew within two months of the Maxx’s coming, and that hurts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

    You know, it’s a shame. Looks like they made the UI much better, and the specs seem to be top notch, but I’ll be damned if that brick isn’t ugly as hell. Yup, gonna stay the course and get me a GS3, since the RAZR HD is nowhere to be found.

  • asdfa

    cool, looks like a pile of garbage

  • http://profiles.google.com/johnthacker John Thacker

    No. I feel sorry for people who waited on getting a new phone because they thought that the Droid Fighter / Razr MAXX HD / whatever was coming, and it got delayed. I don’t feel sorry for people who got a phone and then something better came out. I cheer the rapid advance of new technology. Even if something far better than my phone comes out, I’ll still be happy with what I have.

  • Azazel_Hellion3

    So what is going to show up first? Spectrum 2 or the ICS update for Spectrum 1?

    • paul_cus

      Probably Spectrum 2, unfortunately.

  • frstsaxman

    It reminds me of how the droid 2 ownsers felt after the droid 2 global and R2D2 droid 2 came out 2 months later. AND how the droid bionic owners felt when the droid razr came out 2.5 months later. AND how the droid razr owners felt when the droid razr max came out a few months later. Oh moto.

    • paul_cus

      Meh, the MAXX dropping right after the RAZR didn’t really bother me much. It was just a bigger battery. I do see what you’re saying, though.

  • HTC1

    I’ll tell you why i think alot of companies are going to be doing this. It’s the S4. My batt life is now how it should be. Still not perfect but a thousand times batter than my GNEX and all other dual core phones I’ve had. (Sorry, have S3 now). I couldn’t get till noon without needing a charge. The S3 lasts me all day doing the exact same things i did with my nex. I told a verizon rep while at store buying a case for mine and he was amazed. He thanked me up and down because of regular people complaining about batt life on the other phones (except Maxx). Batt life still isn’t perfect like the old feature phones but my S3 is livable in every day REAL life and people that use their phone for work. I bet all phones come out with new versions that have the S4 setup. just my 2 cents. (but i bet I’m right)

    • Hunter

      So all device manufacturers are going to release follow-on devices < 8 months after the original just to swap processors and "gain battery life"? Not a very good market strategy, plus you alienate customers when you release the phone as it always should have been, as was seen with the RAZR and MAXX.

      Nice exaggeration on the "1000 times better battery life" I get through all day on my Gnex under normal use with 30-40% left, my wife has the new S3 and uses it heavily but always has to juice up around dinner time. I have the extended batt so makes it 2100mah vs 2100mah. The OMAP 4460 is not the battery hog you make it out to be, but I will let you have the fact that the S4 is probably an improvement when it comes to battery efficiency and it rightfully should be. I mean isn't that the direction we're trying to go?

    • tomn1ce

      What bugged me about your comment was this “I told a verizon rep while at store buying a case for mine and he was amazed.” You actually went to a VZW store to buy a overpriced case, when you could get it for a better price somewhere else….

  • Xeneize480

    let the idiots start bitching :)

  • JosephMoreno

    Droid 2 to Droid 2 Global, about 2 months.Droid 3 to 4, about 7 months. DroidBionic to Razr to Maxx.. about 5 months. Verizon is pretty good at screwing over customers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

      Verizon, or the OEMs? Make sure you place the blame in the right direction is all I’m saying.

      • JosephMoreno

        Verizon asks OEM’s to make their phone’s right? They were the one’s who asked MOTO to make the Droid X2 and D3, only to make them leave them at Android 2.3. They had LG make the Revolution, then at the end of the year make the Spectrum. Then they went ahead and made the Lucid for the lower end markets, and they’ll probably keep it on Android 2.3. Verizon took forever with the Nexus didn’t they? They kept it from getting incremental updates that it desperately needed? Verizon likes to screw over customers, look at that shared data pricing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

          You’re confusing production of phones with updates. Yes, Verizon takes forever with updates, we know that. The OEMs go to the carriers, not the other way around. The OEMs propose their devices to the carrier, and they either approve them or not. VZW did not ask LG to make the Revolution. If they had, it would have had Droid branding on it, case in point. Motorola got device crazy because Verizon was the only carrier nutty enough to carry all of their phones. How many Motorola phones have the other 3 carriers seen in the last 2 years? Exactly. And, Verizon had zero to do with the X2 and D3 not getting ICS. In fact, that makes no sense. It’s, once again, up to the OEM to take the updated Android OS and make it work with their phones. There were so few X2′s and D3′s sold that it didn’t make sense for Moto to spend the time and money on future development of those devices. The RAZR will be a different case, since a ton have been sold, and Moto has greatly slowed down the number of different models it produces. All Verizon, or any other carrier for matter, does is provide cellular service, and provide the OTA updates when they are ready. Everything else is in the hands of the manufacturer. If the Lucid doesn’t get past 2.3, that’s on LG, not Verizon. Oh, and while the share everything plans don’t work for everyone, they DO work for quite a few people, families especially. They’re obviously on to something, or else AT&T wouldn’t be following suit.

          • JosephMoreno

            http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/15/how-an-atandt-smartphone-comes-to-life-behind-the-scenes-part-on/
            That’s how AT&T did the Atrix, and I’m assuming other phones, so I’ll assume Verizon works close to the same way. Also I would assume VZW likes to screw their customers more than AT&T because AT&T atleast lets people choose between shared, and individual data.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

            With certain models, yes you are correct. And good call with that article, I remember reading that way back when. The ‘Droid’ line would be a perfect example of what that talks about. They find an OEM, ask for certain things, etc. The exception to this rule was the Charge. That wasn’t originally going to be a ‘Droid’ model, but at the time Verizon needed a 4G model with the Droid name since Moto was dragging its feet with the Bionic, so that’s how that happened. Other models though, like the Galaxy SIII, however, just get picked up. That’s more the norm than anything, at least with Verizon. So, there’s a few factors involved. Also, you can still do individual data on Verizon. Those that have existing plans don’t have to change them. If someone has say, a 900 minute plan with 1000 texts/ mo., they don’t have to switch to the new plan when they upgrade if they don’t want to. Same thing goes with family plans. They can stick with what they have, which is what people with all basic phones on their account are doing since the share everything plan makes no sense to them. So they are still giving existing customers options here, and aren’t trying to intentionally screw them. No carrier, whether you like them or not, TRIES to dick people over. That’s just bad business.

  • Adol

    those specs are identical to a spectrum other than the camera and screen size… is the processor a quad core and you didn’t tell us?

    • JosephMoreno

      S4 vs S3. Big difference. No sarcasm.

    • JeffDenver

      Spectrum 2 has a Snapdragon 4….noooo that is not what the Spectrum 1 has, heh heh. This phone will be equal to a quad core.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kortesoja Lance Kortesoja

    I feel bad for the 6 LG Spectrum owners

    • JeffDenver

      The only reason to feel bad for them is updates…the hardware is awesome. But after ICS I think they are done. LG is not known for great support.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

        I agree, while the support blows something fierce, it really is a good device. I’ve sold quite a few, and not one has come back with any issues. If anything, people call me to thank me for suggesting it because they love it so much. Sure it’s plasticky as hell, and I can’t stand the UI designed by a retarded 5 year old, but call quality is good, it’s got a nice processor at 1.5 gHz, camera is quite good (better than RAZR…), and not one person can argue how awesome that display is. For us, yes, not a great phone. But for the general public, you can make a great case for it.

  • Butters619

    I mean 7-8 months isn’t that bad. You are nearly 1/3 through your contract.

    And this doesn’t compare to the little streak Moto had going.

  • JeffDenver

    The Spectrum 1 was already pretty awesome. All it lacked was more internal storage and a better camera (though it’s camera is not awful).

    The Spectrum is a great phone and has what is still the best display in the industry right now. Yes, it is better than the OneX, and most certainly better than the Galaxy S3′s.

    • doh

      i don’t think you’ve ever used a Super AMOLED+ screen then..

    • Knlegend1

      I’m going to give you information to my eye doctor.

      • JeffDenver

        If your eye doctor is as blind as you are I don’t think I will need his help.

  • Danny

    I dont think anyone that views this website owns an LG Spectrum…..or ANY LG phones for that matter

    • JeffDenver

      LG did a good job on this phone. The spectrum is actually very good. It is easily comparable to all the other phones of it’s “generation”, and has a better display than anything else out right now.

      • Butters619

        “a better display than anything else out right now.”

        You can’t be serious.

        • JoeInMO

          My wife has the Spectrum and it beats the hell out of my Galaxy Nexus. It’s much brighter, clearer, and because the navigation keys are not part of the screen the Spectrum usable screen on apps is bigger. Her call and speaker volume is much louder and clearer than mine. In many ways the Spectrum is a great phone. It does have a serious shortcoming with no notification LED.

          • Butters619

            Sounds like you are an IPS LCD fan. I am too. Check out the One X display and the Atrix HD display. Both beautiful and both would beat the Spectrum.

            I am just not a huge fan of SAMOLED displays (SGS3, G-Nex) although I will never knock them because truly it is a preference thing. Some people love them.

        • JeffDenver

          LOL! Yeah, that 720p IPS display sure does suck eh?

          Dude, it kicks the ass of anything else out right now.

          • Butters619

            Work on the reading comprehension (or scroll down two more inches). I praised IPS displays and knocked on SAMOLED and said check out the Atrix HD and One X, because they are IPS displays that are better than the Spectrum.

    • peacekeeper05

      actually, LG sold a lot of LTE phones. I am sure some of it are spectrum owners.

    • Azazel_Hellion3

      I got suckered by the RD-D2 commercial. So I own one. It’s not bad, but I would rather have ICS on it.

    • dougneb

      I had the LG Spectrum for less than a month. The microphone on mine was terrible. I don’t know if it was a Spectrum thing or a lemon. That plus the UI and the hopes that the Droid Fighter was coming out soon made me return it. I’m really happy with the Samsung Galaxy S3 I have now though. Only complaint is the battery life.