Verizon Wireless scored yet another exclusive for its 4G LTE network with the LG Spectrum 2 - but you'll need to get online if you're in the market for one right away.
Taking a break from its usual Thursday new product introductions, Verizon and LG Electronics USA announced the debut of the Spectrum 2 on Tuesday, a budget-priced Android 4.0 handset perfectly paired with the nation's largest 4G LTE network.
The Spectrum is available online now for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year agreement.
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Verizon's latest offering has a 4.7-inch IPS True HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM.
Although the LG Spectrum 2 arrives out of the gate with last year's Ice Cream Sandwich flavor of Android, the smartphone comes packed with a wide range of other features to help level the playing field.
LG included Smart Share for wirelessly viewing photos or watching videos on any DLNA-enabled device, while the Advanced Image Editor and Video Wiz features make short work of sprucing up anything you shoot.
The handset even includes a near-field communications (better known as NFC) chip for sharing contacts, maps and websites with others, a feature generally found in more expensive handsets.
Reprogrammable LG Tag+ stickers can be used to create special smartphone modes just by tapping the NFC-equipped Spectrum 2 against them, perfect for customized home, car and office use.
Wireless charging, too
Global and Mobile Hotspot-ready, the Spectrum 2 includes an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of recording full 1080p HD video along with a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chats over Verizon's fast 4G LTE network.
The Spectrum 2 by LG is also capable of wireless charging when using a unique battery cover included in the box, with an optional $24.99 Premium Sleeve with Smart Display also available for keeping up-to-date with your notifications.
If you'd rather head to your nearby Verizon Wireless store, you may have a bit of a wait ahead - the LG Spectrum 2 is only available online for now, with retail availability promised "in the coming weeks."