LG Viper hands-on

LG Viper hands-on
Sprint’s presence at CES thus far has been relatively light and almost non-existent, but they’re obviously brewing something big to catapult themselves into the limelight. Even though they’re literally at the beginning of their 4G LTE journey, we’re able to get a sneak peek at an upcoming device that’s going to take advantage of the new network – and at the same time, it’s conscious about the environment as well.

Defining itself with the perfect balance between raw power and eco-friendly initiatives, the LG Viper for Sprint will surely entice people with its stellar hardware and green-friendly features. Taking a quick look at a pre-production unit, we have to admit, we’re blown away to remotely believe that it’s an environmentally conscious device – especially when past devices didn't hide the fact that they felt and looked cheap. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the LG Viper, as it’s able to surprise us with its solid metallic body, lightweight feel in the hand, and its complementary chrome accents. Specifically, the handset is comprised of 35 percent recycled plastics. This isn’t some cheap plastic phone, oh no!

Blinding to say the least, the handset features a 4” WVGA NOVA display that’s piercing with its overall brightness output – it’s sure to highlight just about anything that’s on-screen. Additionally, it’s able to produce some very natural looking colors. Besides the fact that this is going be the first phone from LG to feature 4G LTE connectivity for Sprint, it’s also the first time we’re seeing an LG device for Sprint packing a dual-core processor, which is clocked in at 1.2GHz. With this pre-production unit, it’s running a mostly stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience – well, with the exception that it’s a Sprint ID device. Yes, it runs very quick and fluid, but as we mentioned already, this is a pre-production unit – meaning, things can change down the road.

Nevertheless, it’s shaping to be a standout device that will showcase the true potential of Sprint’s 4G LTE network. From what we’re told, there’s no timeline on when it’ll be release – so just about anything can change with the device between now and release. Obviously, Sprint is eager to get its network up and running throughout the country, and even though this is a small tease of what to expect with its roll out, the LG Viper is surely looking like a top-notch device for the carrier.

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Viper 4G LTE
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 2GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(7.00h talk time)



1. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I think that I might get this, the Galaxy Nexus, or maybe an "LTE Evo" come this summer. I kind of hope that they release an upgrade/update to the Evo Shift.

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I don't know who you think you are but never comment before I do!!! lol JK. I agree with the Evo shift part. that phone was cool.

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011


4. shelley.bevacqua

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Gorgeous but bigger, thicker and wider than the Nexus

5. shelley.bevacqua

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Almost perfect, waiting for s4 chip enalbled phones

6. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

galaxy nexus still beats this lg viper... i kinda wish it wouldve been one of lg's top superphones like the nitro hd or the spectrum. now that wouldve a hit. but otherwise its a great smartphone but hopefully it will be lower priced at like 129.99 or something like that since the galaxy nexus is gonna be the top phone also... i take that back about 150-170 for the viper

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

the viper will probably be 149 I would imagine. And looks good, but why gingerbread? ICS better be on this by release, no excuse for manufacturers to be releasing gingerbread phones in mid 2012 unless its for a low end model.

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