Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile today announced Spectrum by LG, exclusively for Verizon Wireless. Spectrum is the first smartphone for Verizon Wireless to feature a 4.5" True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, the same display technology used in premium LG HD televisions. Intensifying its HD capabilities, Spectrum by LG will give customers exclusive HD access to the ESPN ScoreCenter application. Here is more info on this upcoming Android smartphone along with availability and price:
Showcasing LG's True HD technology, Spectrum by LG supports 1280 x 720 resolution and offers one of the brightest and sharpest displays available on a mobile device. Spectrum's 500-nit display luminance and Real-Stripe RGB pixels offer users clear viewing in direct sunlight and accurate true-to-life color rendering.
Spectrum also features a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor combined with 4G LTE connectivity for robust power, multitasking and download speeds. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets.
-4.5-inch True HD IPS display provides natural colors and brilliant, undistorted HD images in 16:9 aspect ratio. Pictures and texts are incredibly sharp with 329 pixels per inch (PPI) screen density. -Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, the True HD IPS display uses Real Stripe subpixel arrangement so images never get blurred. -Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available the first half of 2012); support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Market(TM). -Preloaded Netflix app allows Netflix subscribers to stream the latest movies in high-definition quality. -Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor makes multitasking seamless. Customers can surf the Web, check email and update social networks effortlessly. -ESPN's ScoreCenter app offers the most comprehensive sports coverage available on an Android device whether you follow the NFL or Premier League, ICC Champions League or MLB, NASCAR or Formula One. Customers can follow teams from more than 500 leagues around the world with an exclusive 720p high-definition feed for Spectrum by LG while connected to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network or Wi-Fi. -Spectrum supports Dolby Digital Plus, which allows users to maximize their HD multimedia experience. Dolby Digital Plus can stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound through home entertainment systems.
8-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash to snap beautiful pictures and 1080p video capture Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat SmartMovie HD app--create and edit HD videos right on the Spectrum by LG Mobile Hotspot capability--share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices Bluetooth Version 3.0 16 GB microSD card pre-installed with support for up to 32 GB microSD card SmartShare--share media wirelessly to DLNA-enabled devices HDMI mirroring capable via MHL
Pricing and availability:
Spectrum by LG will be available on Jan. 19 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Customers who purchase a Spectrum by LG will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
The spectrum is selling with Gingerbread now. Your article says that the OS will be upgraded to ICS. If I buy the phone now, will ICS be a downloadable upgrade without having to purchase a new Spectrum when ICS comes out?