Verizon is going to introduce its third smartphone with support for its 4G LTE network this Thursday. The LG Revolution is also going to feature an unusually large Touchscreen and a front-facing camera.
The Revolution was first unveiled way back in January at the CES tradeshow when Verizon was showing off a group of upcoming LTE-enabled devices. Since then, this carrier has launched two 4G smartphones, the HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung Droid Charge.
As had been rumored, the latest LG model is gong to sell for $250 with a two-year contract when it debuts tomorrow. This is $50 above the typical cost for a high-end model, but it’s the same price as the ThunderBolt and $50 less than the Droid Charge.
Preview of the LG Revolution
As one of the first smartphones with the 4G standard LTE, this handset will offer data transfer speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps for downloads and 2 to 5 Mbps upload speeds under real world conditions. It will also include 3G (Ev-Do Rev. 0), Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, plus software to allow it to become a mobile hotspot to share its 4G connection with up to eight other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Aside from being a 4G phone, the Revolution won’t have a cutting-edge feature set. For example, it’s going to sport a 4.3-inch touchscreen, but this will have a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution, not qHD (960 x 540) like some of its competitors.
It will be powered by a 1 GHz single-core processor, and run Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo); whether or not it will be upgraded to 2.3 (Gingerbread) at some point remains to be seen. The Revolution will come with a 16 GB microSD card for storage.
This handset is also going to include a rear-facing, 5 megapixel camera with flash and a front-facing, 1.3 megapixel camera, an HDMI video-out port, and DLNA. There will also be an optional wireless charging pad available.