The original LG Lucid came to Verizon just a little over a year ago as a midrange device, and today we got word that its sequel, the Lucid2 (VS870), is now ready to show up in similar capacity. Said to be Big Red's version of the LG Optimus F5, the device is aimed at the first-time smartphone buyer and is available online for free (with a two-year commitment) beginning April 4th, while retail availability will be in the coming weeks. Among its boasted features are a Starter Mode with a simplified UI -- much like what we've seen on Pantech phones recently -- as well as a 5MP rear camera, 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, 2,460mAh battery, Android 4.1.2, unspecified 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Wireless charging will also be available if you purchase a separate battery cover for $40. Hit the press release below for more specs and details.
Note: The press release gives two online availability dates (today and April 4th) but LG has confirmed to us that the former is simply a typo.
LG ORCHESTRATES NATIONWIDE LAUNCH OF HIGHLY INTUITIVE AND CAPABLE LUCID2 SMARTPHONE FOR VERIZON
Lucid2 by LG is Intuitive and Comfortable,
Features HD, Long-Lasting Battery, Fun Camera Features
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 2, 2013 – LG Electronics USA today launched the Lucid™2 by LG smartphone, available exclusively from Verizon Wireless.
Starting today, Lucid2 by LG will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for free with a new two-year service agreement.
Designed for both the first-time smartphone user and the mass 4G LTE market, Lucid2 by LG helps smartphone users effortlessly and intuitively manage the fun and busyness of everyday life. Featuring a Starter Mode with helpful widgets, a smooth, simplified user interface and a long-lasting battery, as well as a Standard Mode with five customizable home screens, Lucid2 offers a more personalized experience that can be easily tailored to any user's preferences.
"In today's highly connected world, mobile devices have become an essential tool for helping people balance their lives," said Georg Rasinski, director, mobile brand management, LG Electronics USA. "Whether it's a morning meeting, a family get-together or weekend shopping, Lucid2 by LG is designed to provide first-time smartphone users with an intuitive yet robust smartphone to stay connected and help accomplish their daily tasks."
Lucid2 by LG also comes with all of the apps first-time smartphone users need to personalize and explore the smartphone world. With QuickMemo™, users can customize their photos and screenshots with creative commentary by using a single finger to write or draw on any image, then share them via their social media profiles or email. Users can also take snapshots of their favorite moments using Lucid2 by LG's 5-megapixel camera and fun, creative camera features like Time Catch Shot or Cheese Shot, ensuring important memories are captured for future sharing. With Time Catch Shot, users can snap several pictures before pressing the shutter button, ensuring the best photos are never missed. Additionally, users can use Live Shot to take pictures while recording video or Cheese Shutter to take voice-activated photos by simply saying "cheese." Lucid2's rear-facing 1080p HD camera allows users to record and then edit video using Video Wiz, adding in their own transitions and subtitles.
In addition to capitalizing on Verizon Wireless's powerful 4G LTE network, Lucid2 by LG sports a full suite of wireless connectivity features, including Bluetooth® Version 4.0 and LG Smart Share, which lets users easily send videos, pictures and music wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices like your flat screen TV.
Lucid2 by LG also comes with an efficient, long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery and convenient wireless-charging capabilities*, perfect for the all-day demands and joys of work and personal life. Using the all-new LG WCP-300 Wireless Charging Pad, featuring a sleek, low-profile compact and portable design, users can charge Lucid2 by LG wirelessly when paired with a Wireless Charging Standard Battery Cover.
Lucid2 by LG features a compact, stylish design that makes it easy to grip and is equipped with a big, bright 4.3-inch qHD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display that enhances the viewing experience for watching videos, reading eBooks and browsing the web in stunning clarity and natural color. Combined with 4G LTE speeds and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait dual-core processor, first-time smartphone users can stream video, update their social media profiles, read reviews and more in seconds.
Key Features Include:
• Large 4.3-inch qHD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display
• Long-lasting 2,460 mAh Battery
• Android™ 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
• Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
• Memory: 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board storage
• microSD™ Memory Card Support: up to 64GB
• Wireless charging capabilities (Wireless Charging Battery Cover sold separately)
• Customizable lock screens
• Advanced Camera Capabilities including Live Shot, Time Catch Shot, Panorama Shot and Cheese Shutter
• Mobile Hotspot to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
• QuickMemo allows users to capture screenshots and add their own personalized commentary or drawings with a finger
• Bluetooth® Version 4.0
Pricing and Availability:
• Lucid2 by LG is available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting April 4 for free with a new two-year service agreement. Lucid2 by LG will be available in stores in the coming weeks.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
*Wireless charging capabilities require the purchase of a Wireless Charging Battery Cover and LG WCP-300 Wireless Charging Pad, each sold separately for $39.99.
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