Official launch date of LG Revolution smartphone for Verizon confirmed
Most people will probably be aware of LG's plans to launch a new smartphone known as the Revolution, and that it will be a 4G phone which packs some impressive hardware. But the key detail about the smartphone's availability date has always been a mystery…until now, that is. Apparently, word has it that the Revolution is slated for a May 26 launch, and has gone through some minor cosmetic tweaks since it was first unveiled at CES this year.
LG may have unveiled its 4G-capable Revolution smartphone way back at this year's CES held in January, but as with most announcements made during that period, the Korean OEM had conveniently neglected to make any mention of the smartphone's release date. However, those who have been lusting over the Revolution when it was first announced can thank their lucky stars that the wait is finally over, for word has it that LG will officially launch the Revolution for Verizon on 26 May this year. Which, coincidentally, also happens to be the day Motorola and Sony Ericsson are launching their DROIDX2 and Xperia Play smartphones respectively.
According to a couple of reports published by a community blog known as Droid Life, the LG Revolution will not sport the 'with Google' branding, as the smartphone will reportedly make use of Microsoft's Bing search engine instead of the default Google Search functionality that comes standard in most Android-powered smartphones available on the market.
However, it appears that the lack of a 'with Google' branding is the smartphone's only drawback, for hidden under the Revolution's body lies some rather decent hardware. For starters, the Revolution has been confirmed to be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon system-on-a-chip (SoC), which should provide sufficient processing power for a wide variety of media-related tasks such as light gaming and HD movie playback. In addition, the Revolution also sports a large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen capable of a native 800 x 480 resolution, front and rear-facing cameras with resolutions of five and 1.5 megapixels respectively, along with built-in support for wireless charging, HDMI-out, DLNA and Bluetooth 3.0, along with other networking feature which currently come standard in most smartphone.
Oh, and it will come bundled with version 2.2 of the Android operating system, along with NetFlix as well. Unfortunately, there is no information as to whether the Revolution will be eligible for an upgrade path to Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich.
That being said, no mention of the LG Revolution's price was made in Droid Life's reports, in spite it being a mere eight days before the Revolution's official launch. However, considering that Verizon is bound to offer some form of subsidy on the phone, we'd say that the lack of any official word on the device's pricing is simply due to Verizon still hard at work in finalizing the amount of subsidies they are willing to offer to customers.
Last but not least, the specifications seem to indicate that the Revolution has totally no support for GSM networks, so chances are this phone is never going to see the light of day outside of the US unless LG decides to add in the hardware needed to do so.
Source: Droid Life