CES 2012: LG Spectrum phone has 4G speeds, HD display


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LG introduced the Spectrum, a new high-end smartphone coming this month to Verizon, at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday morning.

The new handset checks nearly all (but not all) the boxes a consumer might want from a current top-of-the-line smartphone.


The Spectrum features a 4.5-inch scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (yes, that’s a high-definition display) and a pixel density of 329 pixels per inch.

That pixel density is important because it could offer something similar in look to Apple’s retina display on the iPhone 4 and 4S, which both feature a pixel density of more than 300 per inch. Any display with a ppi of 300 or greater is said be so dense that pixels are indistinguishable from one another to the human eye at a distance of 10 to 12 inches.

LG is capable of producing some impressive screens for mobile devices, as we’ve seen on the recently released LG Nitro HD for AT&T and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color and Nook Tablet slates.

Inside, the Spectrum will come with 16 gigabytes of storage on a microSD card, and run on a 1.5-gigahertz dual core processor from Qualcomm.

The Spectrum will run Google’s Android Gingerbread operating system which is, for now, the one area on paper where the Spectrum is a bit behind as it’s not running the newer Android Ice Cream Sandwich software out of the box. But LG did say on Monday that an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich would arrive sometime after the Spectrum’s release Jan. 19.

For $199.99 on a two-year contract, the Spectrum will also offer up an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot up to 1080p video, paired with a single LED flash. Up front is a 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting.


ESPN will also provide high-definition streaming video to its Score Center app, which will come preloaded on the Spectrum, so sports fans can take advantage of the phones’ HD display.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles in Las Vegas

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Images: The LG Spectrum smartphone. Credit: LG