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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 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.