Verizon Launches LG Lancet Windows Phoneby Brett Howse on May 14, 2015 6:20 PM EST
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Today Verizon announced a new smartphone coming to their network, and it is the LG Lancet. LG originally did produce Windows Phone 7 devices, but left the market before Windows Phone 8 shipped. They are back, with a budget device for the Verizon network.
The LG Lancet is not very exciting hardware, but it does have a couple of things worth mentioning. The phone ships with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, which is a quad-core 1.2 GHz chip based on the Cortex A53 64 bit CPU. The 410 shows a modest performance gain over the outgoing Snapdragon 400, but as Brandon saw in the Moto E review, it seems to be fairly competitive in the power consumption department.
|SoC||MSM8916 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410|
|RAM/NAND||unknown RAM, 8 GB NAND + microSD|
|Display||4.5” 854x480 IPS LCD|
|Network||CDMA LTE (Verizon)|
|Dimensions||129.8 x 64.8 x 10.7 (mm)|
|Camera||8MP rear camera with Flash, VGA FFC|
|OS||Windows Phone 8.1|
|Price||$19.99 on 2 year, $5/month, or $120 outright|
Some specifications courtesy of Windows Central
The rest of the device continues with the budget nature for a North American smartphone experience. It is just a 4.5 inch display (although lots of people will prefer that) but with just an 854x480 resolution. The extra 54 pixels on the vertical will be for the onscreen buttons for this phone, so unlike some other devices with onscreen buttons you won’t have to worry about them blocking the standard display real estate. The RAM is not listed, and the storage is only 8 GB with 4 GB available to the end user. It does support micro SD expansion though so you can add more space if necessary.
The rear camera is an 8 MP version and the front facing camera is only VGA, so imaging is not going to be a highlight of this device unless that rear camera is really something.
The only other thing to note is that this will be the first Windows Phone on Verizon to support HD Voice. HD Voice is a wonderful thing that really improves the call quality, but it suffers from a lack of compatibility and generally only works with two devices on the same carrier. Still, Verizon is the largest carrier in the USA so that’s a big market.
The Lancet is available now on Verizon for $5 per month on Verizon Edge, or you can purchase it outright for $120. For those that prefer to purchase on the two year contract, it is current available for $19.99 on contract.
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RU482 - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - linkare there any flagship Windows phones coming to market anytime soon? Specifically, something with a great camera?
althaz - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - linkProbably not until Windows 10 which won't be until next year. Considering the last flagship, the Lumia 930 was only sold briefly in the US (as the Icon), I can't see that not hurting MS.
That said, as somebody who is not from the US, the 930 is awesome and I don't need a new phone in the next 12 months :).
Alexvrb - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - linkI keep hearing late this year, not next year. Anyway they don't want to have another long struggle with the carriers to push out the Win10 update for their new flagship. Especially VZW. They had that problem with the Icon, so I would bet they aren't eager to go through that again. With that being said that will probably only affect their future top-of-the-line model. Their rumored 840 shouldn't be that far away and will likely put a larger gap between the lesser models and the 800 series.
RU482 - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - linkWhat problem did they have with the icon? Curious because I just picked one up yesterday, using it with Tracfone. very impressed so far, Hell of a step up from the HTC Trophy!
Alexvrb - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - linkNothing was wrong with the phone itself. Great phone. The problem was with VZW mostly. It launched with 8.0 and they had a really uphill battle with VZW getting 8.1 and new firmware released - it took forever. Then, they killed it supposedly because of sales but it's like who would buy an 8.0 phone with ZERO idea of when or even IF it will see the update, when other phones were available with 8.1 preinstalled. It was just a mess.
IntoxicatedPuma - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkAgreed, the only thing I don't like about the 930 is the camera is disappointing. The 1020 was also disappointing.....I'd like something with the 808's quality.
testbug00 - Monday, May 18, 2015 - linkThe irony is amusing. the 1020 trades blows with the 808, due to OIS and Back-side sensor, it can get away with having a smaller sensor. Now, if you can hold the phone perfectly still, or on a tripod, the 808 will be better most of the time.
I do wish they had included the 3 and 8mpix modes on the 1020 camera pro app though.
Brett Howse - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkNothing official but Windows 10 time frame expect new hardware. However not sure yet when that time frame is yet for the phone.
chizow - Friday, May 15, 2015 - linkWe had an MS engineer onsite a few weeks ago and I asked him specifically, they are waiting to launch new phones with Win10 because Continuum will require new hardware. There's 2 phones being developed and tested in-house now, Cityman and Talkman. Hopefully they also improve the build qualiity and aesthetics, I've never been a fan of the blocky/clunky dimenions and sharp edges of the Nokias.
Alexvrb - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - linkWell they could launch the Continuum-capable hardware as soon as it's ready with 8.1 and then update to 10 later. I believe the reason they are trying to avoid doing that (especially with a flagship series) is that they know it will be a CF trying to get carriers to test and deploy updates. If it's anything like the Icon situation, you could have a flagship phone stuck with last year's OS (and firmware) for ages. You could install a dev preview but without the latest firmware support stuff tends to be broken.
So it's really a combination. I think on the high-end Continuum-enabled hardware they'll delay until the OS is ready to launch preinstalled, and avoid the carrier delays. I don't blame them.