LG Viper

To go along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that will be arriving with LTE on Sprint, another device will also be joining the party. The LG Viper 4G LTE is Android 2.3 powered device, with a 5MP shooter on the back and VGA quality front-facing camera. Underneath the hood, it's packing a 1.2GHz processor and will come loaded up with NFC, Google Wallet and HotSpot capability all laid out on a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display.

No telling yet where this device will come in when it comes to pricing but we're hoping it comes with an upgrade path to Android 4.0 at some point, otherwise -- our interests aren't all that piqued. Full press release from Sprint can be found past the break for you all.

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 Nexus™, boasting a pure Google™ experience, LG Viper™ 4G LTE with eco-friendly features and Sierra Wireless™ 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 EVO™ Design 4G, Samsung Epic™ 4G Touch and Nexus S™ 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 Android™ 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 YouTube™ 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 microSD™ 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 Market™ 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!™, MTV™ 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 Wireless™ 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 Wireless™ 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 microSD™ 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.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 53 million customers at the end of 3Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index showed Sprint is the #1 most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

 

 

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LG Viper 4G LTE coming to Sprint with Android 2.3 and NFC

25 Comments

I'm happy they are announcing LTE phones for Sprint. Now Sprint needs to get on the ball and roll out that network!!

I'm actually really happy with how fast they are working to get LTE out. i mean 6 months ago WiMax was the talk of the town now they will have LTE ready for mid year.

An old version of Android on a 2011 processor using a network that doesn't yet exist from a carrier that doesn't exactly have a great track record doing that...

No thanks.

Exactly. It has the specs to run ICS so why not show up with it.

Then there are those two paragraphs in the press release about the capabilities of ICS on the samsung thrown in just to confuse the issue.

What's up with that? Cut and paste press release or someone having problems staying on message?

What bands are Sprint using for it's LTE service?e Hopefully they'll have better signal penetration than what they use for Wi-Max.

I think I read somewhere they are using the 1900 MHz band. That would be nice. It beats the hell out of 2500 MHz they are using for WiMAX.

I'd like it better if they would kill off iDEN and use that bandwidth.

it is a moronic decision but an older operating system never bothered me. the custom modding community will get to it. Not for every bother but i will at least keep an eye on it

Happy to see recycled materials...I would potentially buy this for that reason exclusively, seems like the phone is more or less on par with other newcomers. Maybe other companies will follow and on Big Red..my contract is up soon!

This is androids downfall. Stop putting old versions on new phones!!! I mean come on now. This has the specs of a semi high end device not a low end piece of shit....

uha uha , They did NOT call that thing Viper !!!

The name Viper Should only go to something that deserve the name , something with allot of muscle !!!! like the other Viper

I ain't talking Quad-Cores , Im talking AlienWare Spec. grade

Why is this even getting covered? It won't be out for how long and when it does come out it won't even have ICS? Lol what a waste of good hardware, too many boring and unimpressive Android phones come out. This is yet another piece of crap Android phone to add to the pile of forgotten junk devices with cool sounding names. The fact that manufactures are still putting outdated software on unreleased hardware is really concerning.

This is great news from Sprint.....and the best thing is there is much more to come. I cant wait to see the quad core HTC that is coming...its gonna be a good year. So glad I ditched Verizon last year, huge difference on the wallet.

This is awesome news but they won't get my upgrade until these phones ship with ICS oout of the box.

I'm gonna play devil's advocate here. Pricing hasn't been announced for this, but I'm sure that it's gonna be cheaper than the G-Nex. If it's by a significant amount, then we have more people joining Android who want power, LTE and NFC for a cheaper price. Sprint needs all the customers it can get. That's why this phone exists. I think a better name could be chosen, sure, but if the SGS2E4GT is any indication, Sprint's never been the best at names.