LG Viper 4G Goes On Preorder In US

US mobile phone operator Sprint has announced that its first 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Viper, will go on preorder on the 12th of APril for $99.99 on a two year contract.

The device comes with a dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, a bundled 4GB microSD card that can be swapped for a 32GB one, mobile hotspot capabilities, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a five megapixel rear camera with flash and a front facing VGA one, NFC and - until the 22nd of July - 50GB free cloud stroage for a year at Box.net worth $240 as well as Sprint ID Packs.

The smartphone also boasts a 4-inch 800 by 480 pixels capacitive touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass which LG says remains "bright and clear" even in direct sunlight, possibly using the NOVA display technology.

One thing is sure, the Viper is not the US iteration of the LG Optimus L7 P700 which was launched back in February. The latter has a bigger screen, runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has the same camera, the same amount of onboard system memory but a slower processor.

It is unclear whether LG will release the Viper 4G or a variant outside the UK.