Sprint announced today that the LG Viper will hit stores on April 22nd for a retail price of $99 with a new two-year service agreement, and $50 mail-in rebate via annoying reward card. The device is expected to be one of Sprint’s first 4G LTE smartphones, along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that is rumored to launch on the same day.
Highlights of the LG Viper include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4 inch display, 5MP rear-facing camera with flash, VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, NFC, and a 4 GB microSD card. The specs are pretty decent for a smartphone from 2011, but unfortunately the device ships with the aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The LG Viper also includes several “eco-friendly attributes” including ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint, a casing made of 50 percent recycled plastics, and packaging that is 100 percent recyclable.
I’m sure the LG Viper is a nice device, but we don’t see many Sprint customers signing up for the pre-order with the Galaxy Nexus launching on the same day and the HTC EVO 4G LTE just around the corner (pre-order begins May 7th). Sprint’s 4G LTE network will only be available in the limited markets of Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio by “mid-year”, so there is not much incentive to pick up the device at launch.
Check out the quick hands-on video from The LG Girl below and let us know what you think. Will you pre-order this device?