Sprint’s first LTE-enabled smartphones have just been introduced. Both run the Android OS, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a high-end model, while the LG Viper 4G LTE has more modest specifications and a lower price.
These two device will be able to connect to Sprint’s 4G LTE network, but the carrier doesn’t actually have this network up and running yet — it is still in the process of switching from WiMAX to the rival (and more popular) standard. Sprint has promised that it will start offering LTE in a handful of cities before the middle of this year. In the mean time, these two smartphones are 3G only.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Preview
The Galaxy Nexus debuted from Verizon a few months ago, and Sprint is the second U.S. carrier to offer it. It runs Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with 1GB of RAM. This smartphone has a 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 (720p) Super AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage, and NFC (Near Field Communications).
Don’t miss our review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
LG Viper 4G LTE Preview
The Viper is debuting running the somewhat dated Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with 1GB of RAM. It has a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, a 4GB microSD card, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Other features include a 5MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing one.
This model costs $100 with contract. It is a Sprint exclusive.