LG Spectrum 2

Verizon this morning announced the LG Spectrum 2, a 4.7-inch, Android 4.0 smartphone available online today for $99 on contract (after a $50 rebate). It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, rocks 4G LTE data and has NFC. (This is the same on Best Buy outed last week.)

For those of you hoping for an Optimus G on Big Red, this might be as close as you get. (It's actually an offshoot of the LG Optimus LTE 2, but who's counting?) Let's take a close look at the specs. The display is the same IPS True HD panel as LG's premiere phone. Processor? Same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz. Verizon doesn't list RAM here, but we're willing to bet it's at  as well. It's also got the same software tweaks as LG's version, plus some Verizon thrown in.

All in all, for $99, you probably could do worse. We've got the full presser after the break.

BASKING RIDGE and ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics USA today announced the Spectrum™ 2 by LG.  Exclusively for Verizon Wireless, the Spectrum 2 by LG will be available online on Oct. 30 at www.verizonwireless.com and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

The Spectrum 2 by LG creates a unique wireless experience thanks to an ecosystem of features and accessories, allowing customers to avoid cables.  The unique battery cover allows wireless charging, and it's included at no additional cost.  Contacts, maps and websites can be shared wirelessly using near-field communications (NFC), by tapping two compatible phones together.  NFC can also be used with the included reprogrammable LG Tag+ stickers to create special smartphone modes for the office, home or car by tapping the stickers with the Spectrum 2 by LG.  SmartShare also makes it possible to wirelessly view pictures and watch videos on a DLNA-enabled device.

The 4.7-inch True HD display will make the Spectrum 2 by LG stand out by enhancing the viewing experience when streaming movies, playing games and browsing the Web.  The HD display, paired with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, delivers vivid and accurate colors, crisp, sharp text and clear images.  Apps such as viewdini , make it easier than ever to find TV shows and movies that users can enjoy right on their Spectrum 2 by LG.   Football fans will also be able to take advantage of the screen combined with 4G LTE speeds to watch live games for an unrivaled viewing experience.

The Spectrum 2 by LG helps to capture precious moments with its 8-megapixel camera and then takes it a step farther with its Advanced Image Editor and Video Wiz features.  With these features, customers will have an editing studio in their hands to crop, rotate and add effects to photos and other multimedia documents that they can then share with friends over 4G LTE.  The 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera allows customers to video chat with friends and family to easily stay in touch from virtually anywhere.  Additional camera features include 1080p HD video recording, Intelligent Panorama Shot and Time Catch Shot to take photos before pressing the shutter button.

Accessorize and Protect

LG Premium Sleeve with Smart Display – provides protection and displays notifications on the screen to show the number of missed calls, text messages, emails and voicemails.  Customers can also customize the clock styles that are displayed when the Spectrum 2 by LG is inserted in the sleeve.  The Premium sleeve will be available in stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $24.99.
Additional Features:

  • Wireless charging capabilities thanks to the unique battery cover included in the box
  • 4.7-inch True HD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display
  • Global Ready™ so customers can have voice and data service in more than 220 countries
  • Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Mobile Hotspot to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 16 GB of internal storage (formatted capacity is less) with microSD memory card support of up to 32 GB
  • QuickMemo™ allows customers to capture screenshots and add their own personalized commentary or drawings with a finger
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0

Pricing and Availability:

The Spectrum 2 by LG will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Oct. 30 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.   Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com .

 
There are 14 comments

steve0617 says:

My wife needs a new phone. How would this screen and battery life compare to the Razr M or other phones at $100 or less?

$100 or less (the Razr M is only $49 at Wirefly) is the sweet spot as she just needs a reliable smartphone. Camera won't get used that much but the screen and battery life on 4G (her work does not have WiFi for employees) are what's important. She uses maybe 500megs a month of data.It won't be rooted or rom'd so developer support isn't important.

Thoughts?

radgatt says:

Phil, you said it has the quad core processor but the press release says dual core.

Sparty73 says:

I believe it is dual core. The exact model is the MSM8960.

How much RAM? Regardless it's still a good deal at $99.

afazel says:

Phandroid says 1GB, but they're probably guessing.

svenEDGE says:

This is a dual core phone. You got my hopes up, Phil!

shamatuu says:

LG stop releasing phones with ICS. Get with the program here. Getting real tired of LG phone with ICS instead of jelly bean.

Sparty73 says:

The real issue is that this phone is coming out five months after the GS3, and still gets smoked by its specs. Granted it's not supposed to be an elite, top-end handset, but still.

easyrun99 says:

It is also half of GSIII's price...not sure what was expected for $99...

JeffDenver says:

The Spectrum 1 was awesome, but I have to warn you, do not expect any updates if you buy this phone. Enjoy the OS it ships with, because LG has no intention of upgrading it, EVAR.

My boss just bought a Galaxy S3 for the same price. This phone does have a superior display (Sorry...I love the GS3, but it's display is not it's strong point...). This display will make the Galaxy S3 look retarded.

But LG aggressively sucks at support. They do not care if you ever get an upgrade. if you buy their products, you have to be a peace with that fact.

jrsharp70 says:

My mid grade lg viper for sprint got an ice upgrade as promised (a little late, but it IS android we're talking about here) and it is so freakin sweet... I don't know if it is the carrier, or if lg is trying to improve their image, but when I eventually switch to verizon (sprint's rural coverage is lacking) or when I upgrade period, LG will be my first look.

flandr says:

steve0617 says:

I'm OK with no updates if it occurred. But what I'm asking is, is this thing any good? It seems like the screen is much better than the Razr M's and the rest of the specs seem good too for a $100 phone.

Yes?

SamTime says:

Phil, press release says it's dual core, not quad.