Jan 09 AT 12:27 PM Dustin Earley 10 Comments

LG Spectrum goes official with LTE, 1.5GHz Snapdragon, True HD IPS display


LG has just made their flagship CES device official by announcing the LG Spectrum, a 4.5-inch True HD IPS device complete with Verizon 4G LTE and access to exclusive ESPN HD content.

Available January 19 for $199.99 on a two-year contract, the Spectrum is the first phone on Verizon Wireless to boast a true HD 1280×720 display. No PenTile here. The 4.5-inch screen features Gorilla Glass, Real-Stripe RGB pixels for better color accuracy, 500 nit luminance, a 16:9 ratio and a 329 pixels per inch (PPI) screen density.

As far as the rest of the specs go, you’ll find a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3, Verizon LTE, 8 megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a 16GB memory card preinstalled, HDMI mirroring via MHL, Dolby Digital audio and Android 2.3 (which will be updated to Android 4 in the first half of 2012).

The Spectrum also comes with a heap of custom software and apps like LG’s SmartMovie HD video editing suite and ESPN ScoreCenter with an exclusive 720p HD video feed.

There’s bound to be some great devices announced this week, and the LG Spectrum is sure to sit at the top of the list. Is the IPS HD display enough to tempt anyone away from the Galaxy Nexus’ Super AMOLED? Or is vanilla Android worth the trade-off?

Show Press Release

Latest LG Smartphone Boasts True HD IPS Display, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE, Dual-Core Processor and ESPN ScoreCenter App with Exclusive HD Feed

LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – From the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile today announced Spectrumâ„¢ by LG smartphone, exclusively for Verizon Wireless. Spectrum is the first smartphone for Verizon Wireless to feature a 4.5-inch True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, the same display technology used in premium LG HD televisions. Intensifying its HD capabilities, Spectrum by LG will give customers exclusive HD access to the ESPNâ„¢ ScoreCenter application. Spectrum will be in the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259) and LG booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth #8204).

ESPN’s ScoreCenter app is supported by an exclusive HD video feed, giving customers the exclusive access to ScoreCenter stats, images and videos in 720p HD. Scoreboards and live game details include in-game stats, news and video. Personalization features allow fans to customize their ScoreCenter experience by highlighting their favorite teams and leagues from around the world, all in crystal clear high-definition.

Showcasing LG’s True HD technology, Spectrum by LG supports 1280 x 720 resolution and offers one of the brightest and sharpest displays available on a mobile device. Spectrum’s 500-nit display luminance and Real-Stripe RGB pixels offer users clear viewing in direct sunlight and accurate true-to-life color rendering.

Spectrum also features a Qualcomm® 1.5 GHz dual-core processor combined with 4G LTE connectivity for robust power, multitasking and download speeds. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets.

Key features:
- 4.5-inch True HD IPS display provides natural colors and brilliant, undistorted HD images in 16:9 aspect ratio. Pictures and texts are incredibly sharp with 329 pixels per inch (PPI) screen density.
- Protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the True HD IPS display uses Real Stripe subpixel arrangement so images never get blurred.
- Androidâ„¢ 2.3 Gingerbread (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available the first half of 2012); support for Googleâ„¢ Mobile Services including Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢, Google Searchâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ and access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Marketâ„¢.
- Preloaded Netflix app allows Netflix subscribers to stream the latest movies in high-definition quality.
- Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor makes multitasking seamless. Customers can surf the Web, check email and update social networks effortlessly.
- ESPN’s ScoreCenter app offers the most comprehensive sports coverage available on an Android device whether you follow the NFL or Premier League, ICC Champions League or MLBâ„¢, NASCAR or Formula Oneâ„¢. Customers can follow teams from more than 500 leagues around the world with an exclusive 720p high-definition feed for Spectrum by LG while connected to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network or Wi-Fi.
- Spectrum supports Dolby® Digital Plus, which allows users to maximize their HD multimedia experience. Dolby Digital Plus can stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound through home entertainment systems.

Additional features:

- 8-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash to snap beautiful pictures and 1080p video capture
- Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat
- SmartMovie HD app-create and edit HD videos right on the Spectrum by LG
- Mobile Hotspot capability-share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Bluetooth® Version 3.0
- 16 GB microSDâ„¢ card pre-installed with support for up to 32 GB microSD card
- SmartShare-share media wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
- HDMI mirroring capable via MHL

Pricing and availability:

- Spectrum by LG will be available on Jan. 19 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
- Customers who purchase a Spectrum by LG will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

Customers Can Score the Game Winner
LG and ESPN are teaming up to give fans the chance to score an unbelievable sports weekend, including two tickets to ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT Event and a trip to the big game in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5. Customers can visit www.SpectrumbyLG.com or www.verizonwireless.com/spectrum for official rules, details and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of sports history.

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Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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    all the extras is cool.. but no thank you. Big red get another decent phone though.

    why phones are still dropping with 2.3 is beyond me

  • redraider133

    Hopefully with this coming at $199 with high end specs and lte and the rezound being lowered to $199 that will be the future price of high end lte phones on verizon rather than the $299 they have been charging.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Sounds like a great device at a great price! Only thing it’s missing really is ICS. Why on earth are they announcing big devices at CES2012 running a 2010 version of Android??!

    On a side note: Are LG devices mfr unlocked or exploit unlocked? Never played with a high-end one, only an LG Ally after it was a year old…

  • Karan O

    It’s Not Beautiful At All!:((Except Back Cover!)

    But Great Specs!:D

    I Hope They Announce A Phone With This Specs In Another Suite!(Razr’s Is Cool)!

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

    The specs do impress!

    I would strongly consider if it was supported by CyanogenMod, but I won’t buy a phone that isn’t supported by them.

    For non-geeks LG’s customizations have been pretty good, if unoriginal.

  • jenskristian

    “which will be updated to Android 4 in the first half of 2012″

    I wouldn’t count on it. LG, no thanks.

  • spazby

    great specs, not sold on LG phones yet…

  • yankeesusa

    LG is coming out with some nice android items, specifically google tv integration. Its good to see them improving their lg phone which like someone said,still not sold on them but they are sure moving fast on improvements.

  • Louis A

    Damn, the specs is a killer. If I didn’t have the Galaxy Nexus and this phone had the ICS 4.0 already on it I would have jumped on it. But then again, I wouldn’t have being so in love with ICS if I didn’t buy the GNex. Great phone, I must say especially the IPS true HD.

  • ashclepdia

    So is apple gonna try to sue them for the display tech?