South Korean manufacturer, LG, is going to release a new Android smartphone that would be heading straight to MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless in the United States. The manufacturer allegedly sent the device to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for testing and it was there bloggers were able to gather little information about it. While the name is not yet available for this device, we know its model numbers; units destined for MetroPCS will have an “MS” prefix (MS870) and the ones for Cricket Wireless will bear “LW” prefix (LW870).
Considering the fact the two carriers to carry this device are not known to offer high-end smartphones, we have a reason to believe it will competing in the mid-range market bundled with each carrier’s attractive plans. That said, LG MS870/LW870 is rumored to come packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with two cores clocked at 1.5GHz. Since it is capable of connecting into a 4G LTE network, this device may be the carriers foray into the growing 4G market.
Photos indicate the screen is as big as the Galaxy S3’s and with LG being a top-notch display panel maker; MS870/LW870 may be getting a better display technology with considerably higher resolution. The battery is said to have 2,150mAh that could power this device at least, 6 hours of straight usage. It is reportedly going to be released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system.
Basically, it is a decent mid-range smartphone built by a manufacturer with good reputation. So, we can expect this device to be a choice for customers of MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless as well as the people who are not into devices with high specs.
LG has yet to make an official announcement of this device so information about the pricing and availability of MS870 or LW870 are not available at the moment. There is a great possibility, however, that the release date will be slated before the holidays. After the FCC testing comes the official unveiling and based on LG’s previous practices, it would take just a week or two after the announcement before new devices are released.