A short CES press conference from LG threw up few surprises (plenty of web-connected home appliances are on the way, as well as a few as-yet-nameless thin bezelled Cinema 3DTVs and that gorgeous 55-inch OLED), but one unexpected arrival was the LG Spectrum smartphone.
Looking set to hit the Verizon network in the US, it’s an LTE capable handset, packing a 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display utilising RGB, notable for its low battery drain and great performance in direct sunlight.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, with an 8MP camera on the rear and 1080p video capture capabilities. There’s also a 1.3MP front facing camera on board, as well as the ability to play about with HDMI mirroring through MHL.
No Ice Cream Sandwich here; it’s strictly Android Gingerbread for the time being. However, LG are throwing in a few software firsts, in the shape of ESPN ScoreCenter content in HD, as well as a SmartMovie HD app for on-the-go video editing.
Best of all is probably the price point. Launching at just $200, it looks like LTE phones are set to move into far more affordable territory in 2012.
No word on the release of a UK variant yet, but with Blighty dragging its 4G heels, it’s unlikely we’ll see this exact model hitting our shores.