LG Esteem specs and details leak -- Gingerbread and LTE for MetroPCS

The LG Esteem is a name that's been kicking around the Internet for a month or so, and today a friendly ninja sent us these screenshots from LG's partner portal, confirming the LTE enabled device for Metro PCS.  We have most of the specifications: 1GHz Snapdragon, 512MB RAM and 8GB on-board storage, a 4.3 inch LCD display, 5MP shooter around back (capable of 720p video recording) and a 1.3MP front facing camera, a 1500mAh battery and it will run on Metro PCS' CDMA/LTE network.  Also on board will be Gingerbread, and what looks to be the latest version of LG's Optimus UI.  No word on the price or the release date, but we're hearing "soon" <insert grain of salt>.  Catch some more screen shots, including the specifications after the break.

Update: Our friend just let us know that the Esteem will $349 with a $100 mail-in rebate.  Our wallets approve!

Thanks, Anon!

Jerry Hildenbrand
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  • not too shabby, the lines are gradually blurring between the differences in post-paid & prepaid offerings....
  • It looks like the MetroPCS version of the Verizon LG Revolution. Nice looking phone. We have come a long way from the old pre paid stuff these companies used to offer.
  • agreed very nice looking and price for a prepaid carrier :)
  • hey! that screenshot was made from a touchpad! i can see the advanced browser :)
  • indeed ;) the touchpad is a good tablet to have got to wait until source code for the Honeycomb is released so it can be ported at some point.
  • Oh hell no, if metro POS is getting Gingerbread I want gingerbread on my T-Mobile phone!
  • t-mobile already has phones with gingerbread, if your phone hasnt received gingerbread, chances are is not going to.
  • Wow, now pre-paid phones are getting gingerbread - looks like thunderbolt really will be the last phone on the block to get GB.
  • Oh ok, Lol checked, I do have Gingerbread! ok I want ICS now!
  • Nice to know I could get a better Android phone than the EVO on Metro PCS.
  • This phone is really nice. I got pre release access to it through means I cant say, but its a good phone, not just good by MetroPCS standards, but good overall. Competitive with the Evo and other high end phones.
  • Those specs are as good as my Verizon D-inc 2. I am curious how good their 3g and 4g speeds are
  • 4g LTE is very Decent and EVDO will also be available. you get on LTE speeds of 5mbps down minimum I believe depends on location of course.
  • MetroPCS uses very small blocks of LTE Spectrum and therefor their LTE speeds are more comparable to 3G, in the 1 - 2mbps range.
  • $50 more than the triumph, but with LTE! Now if only I live in metropcs coverage..........
  • i work for metro and my rep told me we should be 100% lte by the end of the year.
  • 100% on markets by metroPCS, still is not for extended areas, until sprint switches to LTE and we use their extended areas.
  • I agree. I have been waiting Since MAY for the Ginerbread release for the Bryce. I agree with "by UpstateDiva82" If a stupid mobile virtual network operator release GB, Verizon should too. I remember i had SOOO much better battery life on my OG droid when it moved from FroYo to Gingerbread.
  • Anyone know where I can get a system dump for this phone including the boot.img? Need it for development on the LG Revolution!