CES 2012: LG Spectrum has a 4.5-inch HD display and a direct line to ESPN

Consumer Reports News: January 09, 2012 05:08 PM

LG has announced the new Spectrum smart phone, which promises "clear viewing in direct sunlight and accurate true-to-life color rendering," along with a hotline to ESPN and Netflix access.

Available from Verizon on January 19 for $200 with a two-year contract, the Spectrum has a 4.5-inch display and the same True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display used in LG's premium Spectrum HD televisions. The phone’s display supports 1280 x 720 resolution with a pixel density of 329 pixels per inch and has a Real Stripe subpixel arrangement.

What's more, this 4G LTE phone comes with the ESPN ScoreCenter application, which provides exclusive access to the sports channel's Scoreboards and live game details, including in-game stats, news, and video of their favorite teams in 720p. In addition, it's one of the growing number of smart phones preloaded with the HD Netflix app.

Other features of this multimedia powerhouse include a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing LED flash camera, 1080p video capture, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats, and the SmartMovie HD app for creating and editing HD videos on the phone. It can stream up to 7.1 channels of Dolby Digital surround sound through home-entertainment systems.

The Spectrum can act as a Mobile Hotspot over its 4G LTE connection for up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices. It comes with a 16-gigabyte (GB) microSD card pre-installed, and supports cards up to 32 GBs.

Mike Gikas

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