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LG Viper to see launch on April 15th alongside the Galaxy Nexus

Posted by pyroscott , 17 March 2012 · 7,453 views

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LG Viper to see launch on April 15th alongside the Galaxy Nexus by Scott Johnson
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 8:59 PM MDT

S4GRU.com already broke the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus this weekend, and now we know that it won’t be the lone device slated to hit store shelves on April 15th.  The same sources of our GNex story have also revealed that the LG Viper, Sprint’s other LTE smartphone unveiled at CES, will be ushering in Sprint’s LTE era at a Sprint store near you on April 15th.

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You may recall the revealed stat sheet for the Viper, 4 inch 480x800 screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (surely to be upgraded to 4.0 soon).  The Viper will also be sporting the Qualcomm Gobi MDM 9600 for juggling the various data connectivity methods (LTE, EVDO, 1x).  As with the Galaxy Nexus, the LG Viper will ship with the LTE radio turned off to save battery life.  When more LTE sites come online, Sprint will enable LTE self-discovery, as early as June.  LTE self-discovery will allow the phone to intermittently search for LTE, and if it is unavailable, it will turn itself off to reduce battery drain.

It's more "bloat"ed than the Nexus, but tolerable

Those worried about excessive bloatware on the non-Nexus offering by Sprint will be pleased to see the Viper coming preloaded with only Smart Device Manager, Sprint ID, Sprint Zone, Visual Voicemail, NFC, and Google Play.  Those interested in Sprint’s application offerings such as NASCAR Mobile, Sprint Football Live, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV and Sprint’s NBA Application will be free to download them at will.

While the LG Viper doesn’t have the hefty stat sheet of the Galaxy Nexus or the rumored stats of devices on the horizon, it also doesn’t have the same hefty price.  The LG Viper is expected to come in at a noticeably less steep price tag than the Nexus.

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4G photo courtesy of intomobile.com

Mar 17 2012 08:18 PM
Not too shabby, based on these specs it sounds like it will be around a $99 price point. Not a bad deal for a dual core lte phone.
Ah this answers my question about the LG Viper. I can't wait until both these devices launch. I will definitely be heading to a Sprint store to test these devices out. Sprint has yet to release any devices since late last year and I hear a lot of customers are getting antsy about new devices and even thinking of switching carriers just to get some of the new devices.

Hopefully there are more device launches to come to keep the customers' feet wet.
The question is "When will we see the Samsung Galaxy Note?" a much better phone than the Galaxy Nexus.
Wife get this, I'll get nexus on launch date and head to kc to test!
Mar 17 2012 08:39 PM

The question is "When will we see the Samsung Galaxy Note?" a much better phone than the Galaxy Nexus.

The galaxy note is nice but realistically it may just be a little too big for some. I played with one the other day and personally, comparing the two phones with basically everything else being the same I would go with the nexus before the note. I just don't think I am ready for a 5.3 inch screen as yet.
Good to see Sprint is keeping their word to reducing bloatware.
Nice write up there, Scott.. I like it.
Thanks for the update.

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