By Johnny Wills | Nov 02, 2012 10:20 AM EDT
Google's Nexus 4 is not coming to Sprint. However, the carrier will get LG Optimus G, which is a blueprint for the Google-branded phone and is now available for pre-order at Sprint.
LG's latest flagship model, the Optimus G, features a 4.7-inch LCD display with 1280 X 768 pixels resolution. It is the first mass-manufactured smartphone featuring Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. It has 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. The key attraction of the device is its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that is capable of recording 1080p full-HD videos. AT&T is also getting the Optimus G, but its variant will have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The Optimus G also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
Connectivity features in the device include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, assisted GPS with GLONASS support, and Near Field Communication (NFC). The Optimus G runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and comes with some innovative features such as Dual Play, Live Zooming, QSlide, and QuickMemo. It is expected to receive the Jelly Bean update in the near future.
The smartphone is priced at $199 on a two-year contract and is available for pre-order at Sprint's Web site. Sprint says it will do its best to ship the device before Nov. 11. In case consumers are looking for a bargain, Wirefly is offering the device for $149 on a similar contract. The retailer promises to ship the pre-orders on Nov. 11.
Additionally, LG Mach QWERTY slider Android phone is also landing on Sprint on Nov. 11. The LTE smartphone comes with smaller 4-inch display, but is priced at just $99. The Mach has a five-row slide-out keyboard, which gives easy access to write e-mails and text messages. It comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The front-facing camera in the device is 0.3-megapixels. The LG Mach also packs in a 1700mAh battery.
LG Mach will lure customers who want an LTE-enabled phone that packs decent specifications and a physical keyboard. Sprit calls the LG Mach as an "ideal entry point for 4G LTE."
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