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Thursday, 05 April 2012 07:53

LG Viper LTE is Sprint's first 4G LTE smartphone

Written by Jon Worrel

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Launching later this April

While every other mobile hardware journalist around the world is ranting on and on about HTC's new EVO 4G LTE smartphone that will operate on Sprint's new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, we decided to pay homage instead to the first device that will actually see the light of day on said network, with consumer availability beginning sometime later this April. After all, the EVO 4G LTE won't be available until sometime towards the end of Q2 2012. 

The smartphone in question is the LG Viper, which will officially become Sprint's first 4G LTE device. Sprint announced on Tuesday that pre-orders for the handset will officially begin Thursday, April 12, with the phone becoming available on an unspecified date later this month.

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LG's Viper 4G LTE LS840 features a 4.0-inch capacitive multitouch display with 480 x 800 resolution and ~233 ppi pixel density, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and runs the Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. The device also sports a Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip for mobile payments and device-to-device data transfers, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and geotagging (unsure whether it supports 720p or 1080p video capture), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n for continuous connectivity and a 4G LTE talk time of 7 hours with a single charge (Lithium-Ion 1700mAh battery).

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Image source: PCMag

The smartphone will be priced at $99.99 after rebate and with a new 2-year agreement and should be able to take advantage of Sprint’s Everything data plan. The unlimited plan includes unlimited web, texting, and calling over the company's fourth-gen LTE network starting at $79.99 per month.

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