LG Spectrum: Impressive Galaxy Nexus alternative

 

By Posted 6 Jan 2012, 05:28

If for some reason you chose not to pick up the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and have grown tired of waiting for news on the Motorola Droid 4, then you may be interested in picking up LG’s latest offering. The 4G LTE enabled Spectrum is slowly turning heads and we can tell you that a release date is just around the corner as well.

CES 2012 kicks off on January 10 and you can expect the LG Spectrum to make an appearance in public amongst other unannounced delights. LG’s Optimus 2X was another handset that received a lot of attention, primarily due to the fact that it was the world’s first dual-core smartphone at the time.

The company are now kicking off their 2012 smartphone lineup with the Spectrum and it is looking like a very decent handset indeed. It is going to be Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset of 2012 and a release date has already been confirmed for January 19th. Specs of the handset include a 4.5-inch HD IPS display screen which also features Gorilla Glass materials from Corning. It also comes with a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and a separate 1.3mp front-facing camera.

In terms of storage you’ll get 4GB internal memory, which is of course expandable via Micro SD card and the Spectrum will ship with a 16GB Micro SD card as well. The Spectrum will also feature Swype support, but perhaps the one disappointing aspect is that this is another handset that will only ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, not Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich which is the latest version. You can bet though that LG will be promising an upgrade shortly after launch though and like we have just seen with the Samsung Galaxy S II, an unofficial custom version is also inevitable.

Official pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but expect this to come in at $299 on a two year contract, just like Verizon’s other 4G LTE handsets. Does the LG Spectrum spec sheet do enough to warrant a purchase ahead of the Galaxy Nexus though? Ice Cream Sandwich would have been nice in the box we feel, as it is disappointing that a 2012 smartphone launch can still go ahead with an outdated firmware. That’s minor though obviously and we have a feeling that the Spectrum may just tempt a few of you into a purchase as it becomes available on the 19th.

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