Mar 27 AT 10:46 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Verizon reveals LG Lucid release date and pricing

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Today Verizon Wireless announced the full details for their next budget-friendly 4G LTE smartphone. The LG Lucid will be available in stores and online on March 29th and retail for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

A quick review of the specs show this is a decent Android phone for the price. The LG Lucid features a large 4-inch display, dual-core processor, and 4G LTE connectivity. We will reserve judgement till we get our hands on one, but the LG Lucid has the potential to become our best budget phone pick in the next Verizon buyer’s guide.

The LG Lucid.

Highlights of the LG Lucid include:

  • Android 2.3 (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 4 inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with flash and full HD (1080p) video capture, front-facing camera
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (model unknown)
  • 1 GB RAM

It’s unfortunate that new phones are still shipping with the Android 2.3 operating system that debuted in 2010, but at least Verizon guarantees it will eventually receive Android 4.0. No timeline for the software upgrade was provided, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about picking one up.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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  • Ps3y3Ops

    Did you just hear that? That’s LG, dying a slow death…

  • R.S

    Yawn!

    With Verizon having such a huge phone selection it would probably be better to get an older (former) top of the line phone than a new budget phone.

    • fletchtb

      completely agree!

  • fletchtb

    I don’t understand why LG continues to introduce one mediocre phone after the other. This company should have the ability to put out a desireable high end handset, but for some reason they are ignoring that market.

    • yankeesusa

      How is this a mediocre phone? This phone is made to attract people with small budget. A 1.2ghz phone with gorilla glass and 5mp camera for $80 is not bad at all. Not everyone can afford a $200 phone and sign a 2 year agreement also. Plus right now a high end phone is dual core with hd screen and nfc chip. There aren’t many phones like that now.

      • Joel

        My thoughts exactly. The only thing hurting this deal is probably the mail-in rebate. Besides that, If I can shave over a $100 bucks on a contracted phone and all I have to sacrifice is .3 inches on the screen and a few megapixels on the camera, so be it.
        Dual Core phones were a myth 1 year ago..now they’re less than 100 bucks and in budget phones.

        Forget who made it – Its an android. We buy, we root, we upgrade, and we keep moving.

        • redraider133

          Agree. I mean other than the screen this is pretty much on par with other top of the line phones on verizon. 1.2 dual core processor and 1gb ram for under 100 bucks is a steal. This will be a nice phone for those who want a 4 inch screen rather than the 4.3+ that seems to be the norm and specs that should easily get it through the daily tasks.

      • fletchtb

        I understand what you and the posters below are saying. The specs for this phone are pretty good compared to the rest of the market, but I have yet to find a positive review of this phone. The build quality is apparently not that good and the LG skin is one of the worst out there.

        I am also completely on the bandwagon when it comes to cheap, poor performing phones giving Android a bad name. The low end phones tend to hurt the reputation of Android. If you are struggling with a low end LG Citrus (not the phone we are talking about here) and you see someone with an iPhone, of course you are going to want an iPhone. Yes, those who are interested can and will flash a custom ROM, but most will not.

        My primary complaint about LG’s mediocrity in the smart phone market is that they seem unwilling to create a flagship device that interests the high end market. I respect the company and believe they are capable of creating such a device, but I don’t understand why they have not tried to compete with Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and even Sony in this high end market.

        Cheaper is not always a recipe for success.

    • OnIn2

      anyone with an LG G2x understands why.

      It appears that LG doesn’t have the technical expertise to implement ICS.

      Prove me wrong LG !

  • evilR3

    embarassing…

  • redraider133

    Crazy how a phone with dual core processor and 1gb of ram is considered mid range. Good option for those who aren’t willing to spend top dollar for a phone. Will be interesting to see how it performs.

    • yankeesusa

      Exactly. My evo3d has similar specs and its still considered a high end phone by some. There aren’t many dual core phones out there now. This phone is made to be affordable. If you don’t want it then don’t buy it and wait for another phone. Its that easy.
      Maybe people are downing this phone because lg’s phones haven’t been that great. Like you said, lets see how it performs first before we throw it out.

      • pwned

        Yeah, how’s that 3d niche skin’s for ya?

    • jonathan3579

      Perception is reality. ;)

  • Fulaman

    It’s just the MetroPCS LG Connect 4G equivalent. Sprint has one of these variants too.

  • Angel

    Looking forward to the reviews. Nice phone for the budget minded.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    Seems as if they took parts of their unsold phones and re-purposed them. Think I’ll call it the “Fronk-en-steen” phone. Down-vote all you want.

  • Jessi

    I switched from a Samsung fascinate to this. For the price it is great. Maybe because I was stuck in 3g hell. But I love it

  • jiggyman

    i want 2 know if lg lucid is available on the nigerian market.

  • pblcenmy1

    This is a good phone. Not a great phone. I paid 30 dollars for it with a 2 yr. contract… Not bad.
    it handles everything ive thrown at it. i havnt dropped it off the balcony yet.

    The Lucid has done Android justice. And just because it doesnt cost $400, quit hating it.

    So-so call quality and gritty camera are the only cons ive see. Great video though

  1. Did you just hear that? That’s LG, dying a slow death…

  2. Yawn!

    With Verizon having such a huge phone selection it would probably be better to get an older (former) top of the line phone than a new budget phone.

  3. I don’t understand why LG continues to introduce one mediocre phone after the other. This company should have the ability to put out a desireable high end handset, but for some reason they are ignoring that market.

    • How is this a mediocre phone? This phone is made to attract people with small budget. A 1.2ghz phone with gorilla glass and 5mp camera for $80 is not bad at all. Not everyone can afford a $200 phone and sign a 2 year agreement also. Plus right now a high end phone is dual core with hd screen and nfc chip. There aren’t many phones like that now.

      • My thoughts exactly. The only thing hurting this deal is probably the mail-in rebate. Besides that, If I can shave over a $100 bucks on a contracted phone and all I have to sacrifice is .3 inches on the screen and a few megapixels on the camera, so be it.
        Dual Core phones were a myth 1 year ago..now they’re less than 100 bucks and in budget phones.

        Forget who made it – Its an android. We buy, we root, we upgrade, and we keep moving.

        • Agree. I mean other than the screen this is pretty much on par with other top of the line phones on verizon. 1.2 dual core processor and 1gb ram for under 100 bucks is a steal. This will be a nice phone for those who want a 4 inch screen rather than the 4.3+ that seems to be the norm and specs that should easily get it through the daily tasks.

      • I understand what you and the posters below are saying. The specs for this phone are pretty good compared to the rest of the market, but I have yet to find a positive review of this phone. The build quality is apparently not that good and the LG skin is one of the worst out there.

        I am also completely on the bandwagon when it comes to cheap, poor performing phones giving Android a bad name. The low end phones tend to hurt the reputation of Android. If you are struggling with a low end LG Citrus (not the phone we are talking about here) and you see someone with an iPhone, of course you are going to want an iPhone. Yes, those who are interested can and will flash a custom ROM, but most will not.

        My primary complaint about LG’s mediocrity in the smart phone market is that they seem unwilling to create a flagship device that interests the high end market. I respect the company and believe they are capable of creating such a device, but I don’t understand why they have not tried to compete with Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and even Sony in this high end market.

        Cheaper is not always a recipe for success.

    • anyone with an LG G2x understands why.

      It appears that LG doesn’t have the technical expertise to implement ICS.

      Prove me wrong LG !

  4. evilR3Guest 3 years ago

    embarassing…

  5. Crazy how a phone with dual core processor and 1gb of ram is considered mid range. Good option for those who aren’t willing to spend top dollar for a phone. Will be interesting to see how it performs.

    • Exactly. My evo3d has similar specs and its still considered a high end phone by some. There aren’t many dual core phones out there now. This phone is made to be affordable. If you don’t want it then don’t buy it and wait for another phone. Its that easy.
      Maybe people are downing this phone because lg’s phones haven’t been that great. Like you said, lets see how it performs first before we throw it out.

      • pwnedGuest 3 years ago

        Yeah, how’s that 3d niche skin’s for ya?

    • Perception is reality. ;)

  6. FulamanGuest 3 years ago

    It’s just the MetroPCS LG Connect 4G equivalent. Sprint has one of these variants too.

  7. AngelGuest 3 years ago

    Looking forward to the reviews. Nice phone for the budget minded.

  8. Seems as if they took parts of their unsold phones and re-purposed them. Think I’ll call it the “Fronk-en-steen” phone. Down-vote all you want.

  9. JessiGuest 3 years ago

    I switched from a Samsung fascinate to this. For the price it is great. Maybe because I was stuck in 3g hell. But I love it

  10. jiggymanGuest 3 years ago

    i want 2 know if lg lucid is available on the nigerian market.

  11. pblcenmy1Guest 3 years ago

    This is a good phone. Not a great phone. I paid 30 dollars for it with a 2 yr. contract… Not bad.
    it handles everything ive thrown at it. i havnt dropped it off the balcony yet.

    The Lucid has done Android justice. And just because it doesnt cost $400, quit hating it.

    So-so call quality and gritty camera are the only cons ive see. Great video though