Getting into the LTE game, Sprint announced the first smartphones that would run on its new 4G LTE network: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot.
Talking about Sprint Galaxy Nexus, it’s a 5.3- by 2.7- by 0.4-inch smartphone with a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4460 processor, equipped with 16GB of internal memory and a massive, 4.65-inch, 720p (1280-by-720-pixel) Super AMOLED screen. Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus version will come with its Near Field Communication chip enabled, which means customers will be able to use the phone as a wallet. It also offers Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Galaxy Nexus is slated for release in the second quarter of 2012, with no word yet on pricing.
Sprint’s website has also outed two other 4G LTE products that are in the pipeline: the LG Viper and Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot. The LG Viper, which has a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display, a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3, a 5-MP rear-facing camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. Other features include a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB of storage and hotspot capability. Like the Galaxy Nexus, the Viper will also support NFC.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot promises access to 3G, WiMax or 4G LTE as well as support for up to eight simultaneous connections. Other features include a range of up to 150 feet outdoors and up to 115 feet indoors and 32GB or shared storage. Just like the Galaxy Nexus, no release details for the Viper or Tri-Network Hotspot are currently available.
Nor was any pricing or release date information given for the LG Viper and Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot.