News by Dan Seifert on Sunday April 22, 2012.
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Google Galaxy Nexus
LG Viper 4G LTE
Sprint's first 4G LTE smartphones, the Google Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper 4G LTE, will be available for purchase online and in stores today. Unfortunately, buyers won't be able to take advantage of the devices' 4G LTE capabilities until Sprint launches its own LTE network later this year.
The Galaxy Nexus offered by Sprint is the same model as offered by Verizon Wireless, and it features a 4.65-inch, 720p (720 x 1280 pixel) Super AMOLED display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It runs a stock version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 5 megapixel camera with zero shutter lag.
The LG Viper 4G LTE is a smaller device, with a 4-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) NOVA display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 5 megapixel camera. The Viper 4G LTE runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG's custom user interface.
Both smartphones feature support for the Google Wallet mobile payment program, making them only the third and fourth devices on the market to officially support the NFC-based service. Sprint is sweetening the deal with the Galaxy Nexus by offering an additional $40 credit for Google Wallet to new buyers of the phone.
Additionally, the Galaxy Nexus and the Viper 4G LTE are the first smartphones to support Sprint's upcoming 4G LTE network. Because the carrier's LTE network is not yet operational, buyers will have to deal with 3G network speeds until the LTE network goes live later this year. Sprint plans to launch 4G LTE service in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Baltimore, and Kansas City by the middle of this year.
The Google Galaxy Nexus is available from the carrier for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, while the LG Viper 4G LTE costs $99.99 with the same agreement.
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