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Sprint’s LG Viper 4G LTE Smartphone Unboxing [Gallery]

by Todd Haselton | May 15, 2012May 15, 2012 12:20 pm PDT

Sprint LG Viper 4G LTE4

FedEx showed up recently with Sprint’s LG Viper 4G LTE and I’ve had a few days now to play with it and bring you a few initial impressions as well as an unboxing gallery. I love the hardware design of the Viper 4G LTE, which came as a surprise since I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from a $100 smartphone: the device feels solid and well built. It’s a bit bulky and chunky compared to the international HTC One X I’ve been carrying, but I really like the faux metal accents.

The Viper 4G LTE unfortunately runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which is a bit of a bummer since most new phones run the latest Android 4.0 build. It still packs NFC support, however, which allows you to take advantage of Google Wallet for mobile-based payments. The 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel display is nothing to call home about and the phone’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor was already exhibiting a bit of lag after a few hours with the phone. It also packs 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 4GB microSD card. The 5-megapixel camera takes decent shots but, again, it’s not in the same league as high-end 8-megapixel shooters currently available on the market.

The phone may support 4G LTE networks, but Sprint doesn’t have many of them active yet. I live in New York City where I only found a 3G signal. Viper 4G LTE owners will appreciate the option to stick to EV-DO 3G networks or swap between 4G LTE and EV-DO, however.

I’ll be bringing you a full review in the coming days and apologize for the delay in bringing you more information on the LG Viper 4G LTE sooner; I was on the road for CTIA and BlackBerry World.

LG Viper 4G LTE Gallery

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...