LG Marquee 

The LG Marquee made a cameo appearance tonight in New York, a night before Sprint and LG are slated to "officially" unveil the device at New York City's Fashion Week finale. The Marquee is the next big device from Sprint (after, of course, this Friday's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch launch), officially landing on October 6.

While it's not the most powerful phone on the market, we loved it as the Optimus Black -- read our full review -- and it's certainly got some respectable specs: 

  • Dimensions: 4.8" (H) x 2.52" (W) x 0.36" (D)
  • Weight: 3.95oz
  • NOVA Display: 4-inch color TFT (480 x 800) WVGA
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 5.5 hrs Talk Time
  • MicroSD Slot (2GB included card)
  • Wifi Enabled-- 802.11 b/g/n (Hotspot capable)
  • Sprint ID
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard (with SWYPE)
  • 5-megapixel camera (rear)
  • 2-megapixel camera (front)

Most important is the display: the Marquee's 4-inch NOVA display is a stunner, and LG seems to think it can compete with the likes of SAMOLED Plus. Well can it? You'll have to see it for yourself,  but in a word: gorgeous. It's super bright, super sharp, and the colors look fantastic. It's noticeably smaller than its 4.3-inch (and now 4.5-inch) brethren, but we won't complain: it feels right.

Another thing to look out for is the "pocketability" of the Marquee. It's super thin and super light. Yeah, light is becoming the norm these days, but it's always refreshing when you can drop a smartphone in your pocket and not know it's there.

No, it doesn't have a dual or tri or quad core processor, but from an initial spin around the UI, everything seems pretty smooth. No stuttering, no stammering, and no hesitations. Sure, that could change once you put it through its paces, but until we do so, don't count the Marquee out.

We've got more photos (and a video!) below.

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Reader comments

Hands-on with the LG Marquee (Updated with video)

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This screen has a bright level of 700 nits, the motorola qHD from samsung especially the 3rd generation qHD's on the photon
Moto photon & bionic also has a 700 nits bright level also, I don't understand why they don't advertise this?

A screen doesn't make a phone in my opinion. My Photon is 100 times better than that.. I don't even see how that could be considered a "high end" phone with no 4G or dual core technology. Its a nice Phone but not good enough for me.

Hey, isn't this one also rumored to be coming to Virgin Mobile USA? I wonder what specs will be different if it does, in fact, pop-up as a no-contract device on VM.

This one seems to beat the Samsung Conquest at the same price.

Funny how no one mentions the internal storage after the LG Optimus S was cheapened by omitting enough storage to be sufficient. The Optimus Black has 1 GB available, correct, so this should also?

Interesting that the Home and Menu keys are in the same position as the Optimus S for upgraders or those moving from HTC phones.

I'm wondering why any Sprint customer would buy a 3G phone. As soon as I upgrade my LG Optimus S (which I bought before Sprint extended the 4G tax to all smart phones), I will have to pay Sprint's $10 4G tax. If I'm going to pay the 4G tax, I want a 4G phone. Maybe if Sprint waived the tax for this phone, but no way otherwise no matter how great the display. Just sayin'.

(a) People on SERO still only pay the $10 tax on 4G phones.
(b) People not in WiMax areas might not want the extra weight and bulk (and lets be honest, we aren't likely to see any new WiMax areas now that Sprint is looking to transition to LTE).

That phone is lacking big time to be considered the next big phone. No phone needs a damn 2MP front facing camera, 1.3 at the most, VGA works great.