The LG Viper 4G LTE Goes Up For Pre-Order
So unless you have been living under a rock off of the coverage map, Sprint is upgrading its 4G network to some Long Term Evolution. Early on in the 4G race the Now Network took a short cut to the finish line with their now proven to be inadequate Wimaxx technologies. While the new 4G technologies put Sprint ahead in the 4G marketing claims, LTE has proven to be a better system and Sprint is making the switch. The companies LTE roll out will begin mid 2012 and be mostly complete by the end of 2013. Sounds good right? But the last duck to be put in its row… phones. Sprint has made the LG Viper official as their first (but maybe not their best) LTE phone.
Earlier this year Sprint dropped a little leak into the waters that have confirmed their LTE expansion plans. The splash page told the store of 4G LTE coming to Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio in the first half of 2012. More importantly the information confirmed an LTE Galaxy Nexus making it way to the Now Network. Since then, the LG Viper has made an appearance as the Nexus’s running mate for first Sprint LTE devices. As of yesterday the company has opened pre-orders for the LG Viper making it the first Sprint LTE capable device. First exposed by Engadget back in January the LG Viper offers a lot of functionality and some super fast data speeds at an amazingly low price. While it may carry 2011 specs, the LG Viper can surely pull its own weight. The LG Viper will go on pre-order starting April 12th and run you $150 bucks up front and if you remember to mail in your rebate, total paid will be $100 bucks, this of course assuming you’re a new contract customer or updating an existing account. While the detailed release date was not addressed, it is safe to expect a shelf wide release shortly after the 12th. So what can you expect? Well the LG Viper comes to us in a slate styled form factor, which according to Engadget is familiar by comparison of the LG Connect. The display measures in at 4 inches and provides WVGA Nova technologies that will provide a 480×800 pixel resolution. The Viper 4G will run with (an outdated version of) Android (surprise, surprise) version 2.3 also known as Gingerbread. The Viper 4G will get is computational prowess from a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon S3 processor and 1GB of RAM. Additionally the Viper will come packing a 4GB microSD card that can be pushed up to 32GB. Around back a 5 mega pixel camera can handle pictures with a built in LED flash, while the front facing camera clocks in with VGA quality. Additionally the LG Viper will be rocking NFC connectivity with Google Wallet abilities and even 50 GB of storage in the cloud by Box. So what we’re looking at here is a super affordable LTE connected smart phone with enough spec-age to get through the apocalypse.
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