With the launch of Sprint’s LTE network imminent, we are starting to see more and more rumors of 4G LTE phones for Sprint’s network. Today Sprint announced that April 12th they will start taking pre-orders for the LG Viper. The LG Viper will be running Android 2.3 (sigh) coupled by a 1.2 ghz dual-core processor, and 1GB of ram. The device boasts a 4 inch touch screen, and two cameras–the front being VGA and the rear being 5MP.
Obviously, this is not the next Android-super-phone-game-changer-deluxe, but its priced at a moderate $99, and even gives buyers 50 free GB of Box storage and a $50 mail-in rebate. Not to mention the fact that it is one of the first 4G LTE phones on Sprint. After the pre-orders start on April 12th from Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Sprint, the phone is set to launch at some point near the end of the month. This goes hand-in-hand with the recent rumor of April 22 being the launch date for the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint’s 4G LTE network. It doesn’t make sense for Sprint to launch their shiny new LTE network with just the Viper on board, but it does make sense for them to save the best for last with the Galaxy Nexus.
Either way, the LG Viper is a very good Android-powered smartphone for a very good price on Sprint’s new 4G network, and for anyone looking for a good upgrade that won’t break your bank this may be the device for you. April 22 may be a viable launch date for the device as well, because it wouldn’t be surprising for Sprint to launch both of their 4G LTE smartphones on the same day. Be sure to check out any of the retailers mentioned above on April 12th for the pre-order, and stay tuned for the launch date announcement, and any other announcements regarding 4G LTE devices on Sprint.