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Mid-range LG LTE coming to Sprint prepaid/wholesale?

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by Josh McDaniel
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:35 AM MDT

 

Last year, LG released a mid-range device that made its way from one CDMA carrier to another. This year appears to be no exception. The LG LG870 recently passed through the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) with Sprint LTE and band 10 CDMA2000 on board.

If the LG Viper (LS840) last year is any indication, it was released as the Connect (MS840) on MetroPCS, and then as the Lucid (VS840) on Verizon before it came to Sprint. In January of this year, MetroPCS released the Spirit (MS870), and earlier this month, Verizon released the Lucid 2 (VS870). Now, it seems to be Sprint’s turn again.

However, it currently appears that Sprint is releasing this handset on its Boost brand under the codename FX1, as the model number is LG870, not LS870. (As of now, the name and that it may be released only on Boost has not been confirmed.) But all previous Sprint LG phones from last year have model numbers beginning with LS.

The Bluetooth 4.0 profile supports HSP, HFP 1.6, A2DP, AVRCP 1.3, OPP, FTP, PBAP, SPP, HID, GAVDP, SDAP, PAN, and MAP, according to the Bluetooth SIG, which also lists the phone as “(LG870 (for Sprint/Wholesale)).” Sprint wholesale partner Ting, anyone?

As for specs, if this phone is like its 870 model counterparts, it will have a 1.2 GHz dual core processor (possibly Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960) with 1 GB RAM, 5 MP rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, and 1.3 MP front facing camera.

According to the FCC authorization docs, LG sent the handset to testing with Android 4.0.4 on board, but according to cloud4sites mtest, it has Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on board. So, hopefully it will be released with 4.1.2.

  • CDMA1X + EV-DO band classes 0, 1, 10 (i.e. CDMA1X + EV-DO 850/1900/800)
  • LTE band class 25 (LTE 1900; PCS A-G blocks)
  • LTE 3, 5, 10 MHz FDD channel bandwidths
  • SVLTE support, including SVLTE and simultaneous 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi tether
  • Maximum RF ERP/EIRP: 26.60 dBm (CDMA1X 850), 26.26 dBm (EV-DO 850), 26.53 dBm (CDMA1X 1900), 26.16 dBm (EV-DO 1900), 25.06 dBm (CDMA1X 800), 25.20 (EV-DO 800), 25.11 dBm (LTE 1900, 3MHz FDD), 24.93 dBm (LTE 1900, 5MHz FDD), 24.70 dBm (LTE 1900, 10 MHz FDD)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • NFC

In their FCC OET authorization filings, OEMs customarily request temporary confidentiality regarding internal and external photos of their devices. But in an unusual move, LG has requested permanent confidentiality for, among other things, antenna distance and simultaneous scenarios for SAR analysis. So, no antenna diagram is available at this time, nor maybe ever unless a teardown review is forthcoming.

 

Sources: FCC, Bluetooth SIG, Cloud4sites mtest

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If it's anything like its counterparts (Spirit, Lucid 2), then it will also support VoLTE. That will be interesting...

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If it's anything like its counterparts (Spirit, Lucid 2), then it will also support VoLTE. That will be interesting...

 

Sprint would almost definitely block that capability because of the battery issues with VoLTE being too early in it's life cycle.

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We're getting to the point where the mid-range Android phones are getting to be pretty good. I doubt that Sprint would enable VoLTE capability on this phone ever. This handset could, but Sprint is in no shape to run VoLTE at the present time. I'm all for VoLTE once Sprint has a significant presence of SMR LTE. That's going to take a while. Sprint will also have to get TD-LTE VoLTE support which is coming as it's being tested by Ericsson and China Mobile.

 

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1681043

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Everyone, it's official! The LG Optimus F7 is the LG LG870. Confirmed by both Sprint and LG to be coming to Boost Mobile on the 27th of June!

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