AT&T has just announced the LG Escape, a device we’ve seen leaked numerous times over the past few days. At $49, it’s one of the cheapest 4G LTE smartphones out there, but is it worth it? Let’s run through the specs: Starting with the screen, it measures 4.3 inches diagonal and pushes 960 x 540 pixels. Under the hood there’s a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, and a massive 2,150 mAh battery. The LG Escape ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and we’re going to assume it’s going to get 4.1 Jelly Bean at some point in the future, but no official timetable has been given.
Here’s an official demo video for the LG Escape from AT&T:
Looking at AT&T’s portfolio, for $50 more you can get the HTC One X. Now yes, some of you might have a problem forking over that extra bit of money, but remember, you’re tied to your device for two years anyway. With that in mind, $50 spread out over two years comes out to a little over $2 a month. That’s the price of a can of soda. And just look at the One X! It has a better screen, a faster processor, there’s an incredibly high probability it’ll get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of the year, it has a much better camera, probably the best camera on an Android device today, and because the One X is so popular, the custom ROM community is having a field day tinkering with it.
If you really want to save money then you shouldn’t even be looking at the big operators. You should be looking at guys like Straight Talk and Simple Mobile, but that’s a whole other topic of discussion.
More about the new AT&T LG Escape, including full specs, in the press release.
Dallas, Texas, September 10, 2012
Starting Sept. 16, AT&T* will expand its 4G LTE product portfolio by offering an unparalleled combination of premium performance and value. The LG Escape™ is perfect for consumers on a budget looking to transition into a powerful smartphone and pairs well with AT&T’s recently announced shared data plans creating a great combination of low- cost hardware and service for data-minded families. The LG Escape is a 4G LTE Android smartphone with high-performance connectivity, processing and camera features with a vibrant qHD display. It will be available in AT&T company-owned retail storesand online for $49.99 with a two-year agreement**.
The LG Escape features the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform and 4 GB onboard memory with the option to add up to 32 GB with a microSD card. A 1.2 GHz dual-core processor delivers seamless multitasking agility. The crisp 4.3-inch qHD IPS display gives users enhanced image clarity with true-to-life color rendering. Near-Field Communication enabled and equipped with the QuickMemoTM feature lets users instantly capture a screen image, add notes or decorate using just a finger, then share with friends. The LG Escape has full HD video recording capabilities, and users can even create customized videos by adding themes, music and text to videos or a series of photos with the Video Wiz editing application, played back in crisp cinematic Dolby® Mobile surround sound. To see more of the Escape’s features in action, check out this video.
Because timing is everything when taking photos on the go, the LG Escape 5-megapixel auto-focus camera offers features to help users tap into their inner photographer. With the Continuous Shot feature, users can capture multiple images in a row to create that perfect panoramic photo or choose the best photo from an impromptu photo shoot to share with all their friends. Time Catch Shot eliminates shutter lag by taking several pictures before the shutter button is pushed to make sure users get the right shot every time.
Escape also features the Browser Bar powered by Skyfire’s Horizon Browser Extension, a newly created browser toolbar extension that allows users to access their favorite social media pages while surfing the internet.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network***, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
“This is an impressive smartphone for $49.99,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility. “Running Android 4.0 and packing a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a qHD true-color IPS screen and cool features like our new browser bar, customers looking for incredible value will quickly select the Escape.”
“LG Escape allows users to capture and share whatever life sends their way with its powerful dual-core processor, true-to-life screen and smart camera features,” said James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA. “And on AT&T’s expansive network consumers can get the best possible experience with Escape by using its LTE capabilities to the fullest.”
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