As anticipated, Verizon has officially taken the wraps off the LG Spectrum at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. The Spectrum is the carrier’s first smartphone to come with a 4.5 inch True HD (1280 x 720) IPS display, and will be available starting January 19.
Interestingly, unlike most of Verizon’s other high-end Android handsets, the LG Spectrum won’t cost $299 on contract, but only $199.
For that kind of money you get a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, LTE connectivity (of course), Wi-Fi, GPS, ESPN ScoreCenter app for “the most comprehensive sports coverage available on an Android device”, support for Dolby Digital Plus (you “can stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound through home entertainment systems”), Netflix, SmartMovie HD app, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, and a 16GB memory card pre-installed.
The LG Spectrum will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board, but Verizon says an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is scheduled for “the first half of 2012.”
AT&T is already selling a slightly different version of the LG Spectrum in the US, namely the LG Nitro HD.