Jan 09 AT 2:17 PM Nick Gray 13 Comments

LG Viper 4G LTE announced – all set for Sprint’s new 4G LTE netowork


It may not be as exciting at an LTE enabled Galaxy Nexus on Sprint, but the newly announced LG Viper 4G will be joining Samsung as one of the first phone manufacturers to take advantage of Sprint’s 4G LTE network. The LG viper is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (most likely a Qualcomm S3 chip) and is running on Android 2.3 with Sprint ID. The phone also features a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display, 5 megapixel camera on the back, front-facing VGA camera, NFC chip with Google Wallet support and 4G LTE connectivity.

Sprint has not announced what the LG Viper 4G will cost or when we should expect to see it in stores, but we’ll be poking around for a few more details over the next few days here at CES. Sprint may be a bit late to the LTE game, but it’s nice to see them announcing new LTE capable devices so soon after their network launch.

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Sprint Continues the Momentum for LTE Launch by Unveiling Three Initial 4G LTE Devices — Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot

LAS VEGAS (BUSINESS WIRE), January 09, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the initial group of devices that will operate on its 4G LTE network — Galaxy Nexusâ„¢, boasting a pure Googleâ„¢ experience, LG Viperâ„¢ 4G LTE with eco-friendly features and Sierra Wirelessâ„¢ Tri-Network Hotspot, 3G, 4G and 4G LTE mobile hotspot. Full product specifications, pricing and availability will be shared closer to each device’s launch date.

The debut of these devices is a key element of Network Vision, Sprint’s plan to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless solution. With Network Vision, Sprint customers can expect to enjoy ultra-fast data speeds, improved 3G voice and data quality, and stronger in-building signal penetration providing a more valuable wireless experience and enhancing the value of current unlimited plans.

“The first three products that will run on the Sprint 4G LTE network exemplify the cutting-edge technology our customers can expect from Sprint as we progress with our 4G LTE rollout,” said Steve Elfman, president of Network, Wholesale and Product Development for Sprint. “Galaxy Nexus packs industry-leading features and the best of Google into a beautiful design while LG Viper 4G LTE continues Sprint’s commitment to green devices that don’t sacrifice speed or technology. These products combine with our unlimited data pricing plans to give Sprint customers a powerful wireless experience.”

On Jan. 5, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced that customers in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are expected to be among the first to benefit from 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the first half of 2012. Additional areas that will receive 3G enhancements and 4G LTE expansion in 2012 will be announced later in the year.

Approximately 15 4G LTE devices are currently on track to be launched in 2012 including handsets, tablets and data cards. Additionally, 4G devices, including HTC EVOâ„¢ Design 4G, Samsung Epicâ„¢ 4G Touch and Nexus Sâ„¢ 4G, will continue to be sold in 2012.

The new 4G LTE smartphones will benefit from Sprint Everything plans including the Everything Data Plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM offering unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint Network. With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill from data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.

Sprint’s unlimited data plans also benefit NBA fans. As the Official Wireless Service Partner of the NBA, Sprint exclusively offers Sprint NBA Mobile on Android phones, including the upcoming 4G LTE LG Viper. This new custom app provides in-game and post-game video highlights, news, scores, stats and live home and away radio broadcasts to NBA fans.

Robust Features at 4G LTE Speeds

Pairing the beauty of Samsung hardware with a pure Google experience, Galaxy Nexus on Sprint is built on Androidâ„¢ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. Galaxy Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful and useful.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC (Near Field Communications) technology, Android Beam allows users to quickly share web pages, apps and YouTubeâ„¢ videos with friends by simply tapping phones together. Users can even video chat with up to 10 friends with Google+ Hangouts for mobile. Galaxy Nexus will also be Sprint’s second smartphone enabled with NFC supporting Google Wallet, enabling the phone to be used like a wallet to make safe, secure purchases at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers.

Green without Compromising Speed

LG Viper 4G LTE brings customers the benefit of eco-friendly features without missing out on speed or the latest technology. Initial eco-friendly features include a charger with a no-load consumption rating of .03W, which exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency and the casing is made of 35 percent recycled plastics. Additional details will be provided closer to availability.

Powered by Android 2.3, Gingerbread, LG Viper 4G LTE is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual core processor and two cameras — a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera that makes face-to-face video calls a fun and easy experience. It offers a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display, hotspot capability and a microSDâ„¢ slot supporting up to 32GB. It is also compatible with DLNA-capable devices.

As a Sprint ID smartphone, LG Viper 4G LTE allows users to cut through the clutter of more than 400,000 apps in Android Marketâ„¢ by selecting from a variety of mobile ID packs featuring apps, ringers, wallpapers, widgets and more. Currently available Sprint ID packs include Green, Fashion and Beauty, E!â„¢, MTVâ„¢ Music, CMT and NASCAR Sprint Cup. In addition, LG Viper 4G LTE is NFC-enabled and capable of providing Google Wallet.

Hotspot Combines 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX and 3G

Sprint expands its mobile broadband portfolio with its first 4G LTE mobile broadband device, Sierra Wirelessâ„¢ Tri-Network Hotspot. It will be the first tri-network (3G, 4G and 4G LTE) mobile hotspot and will easily allow families, small businesses and traveling co-workers to share their high-speed connection.

With Sierra Wirelessâ„¢ Tri-Network Hotspot, customers can extend their Sprint 3G/4G experience beyond just their laptops to up to eight Wi-Fi® enabled devices, such as cameras, music players, personal media players and portable game consoles. In addition, its microSDâ„¢ slot allows teams to share files and presentations with network storage. It is simple to set up with no software required.

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Another solid phone. Well done LG… oh, and Sprint…

    • zypper

      Seconded, this phone is quite solid

  • Bryan Stoner

    When I saw Viper at first I thought POWERHOUSE!!! But now It looks decent. Well the price will be the deal breaker here.

    • kazahani

      Agreed. If they want any more than $149 on contract then it won’t sell. And I would say you need to sell it for even less than that, except that it’s LTE and they will need to leverage that.

  • Nathan D.

    Well this is last years (2011) spec but it still good.

    • kazahani

      Sprint is going to need mid-tier LTE devices to compete with some of Verizon’s. A lot of my customers don’t want to pay extra for top-of-the-line tech.

  • tmoore4075

    Gingerbread though? This won’t launch for at least a month I’d think, maybe more who knows, and it has 2.3?

  • triangle

    While I like the fact that it is a decent eco-friendly mid-range phone, it’s disappointing that this phone has a small, non-HD display, while AT&T and Verizon have HD (720p) displays for their new LG LTE phones. Other than a likely lower price, this phone has doesn’t have a lot of appeal next to the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint’s new LTE network.

  • http://photoep.com/ Elliot Powell

    The Design At least from the front looks like the Tmo G2X. Say what you want about th ephone but the design is solid.

  • Dustin Earley

    NOVA? NFC? Google Wallet? LTE? This sounds like a winner in my book.

  • moises martinez

    i just happen to think that 4″ screen is the perfect size for me.

  • joe

    whats netowork? ……..LG Viper 4G LTE announced — all set for Sprint’s new 4G LTE netowork

  • James

    This is rather dissapointing featurewise. The camera should be at least 8mp if not higher, the interface should be a rotating carousel like most other smartphones have, and it should already come with Android 4.0 ice cream sandwhich. These features seem a bit behind the technology smartphone battle the competition. Sprint needs to step up its game to be able to compete with Verizon and AT&T. Overall, Sprint is the best deal price wise, but I’m still skeptical about the Sprint 4G LTE. I hope it’s able live up to what sprint claims. Also, I think that Sprint needs to expand its 4G LTE in places where its 3G CDMA is, but that’s just me. As for the LG Viper, it seems like a good phone and has some goos features, and I’m excited to see it and maybe it get unless something else comes out.