Leak: release dates of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus LTE and LG Viper LTE revealed

by: Bams SadewoApril 2, 2012
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Quick, what does it mean for Sprint to be the nation’s third largest carrier?

Does it mean that phone manufacturers would choose the two bigger networks over it to showcase their flagship devices? Check.

Does it mean that new smartphones that are coming out are lagging behind several months from the competitors? Check.

Case in point, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has been a staple device for Verizon since December 2011, is only expected to land on Sprint in April. If the information is accurate, this would make it a good five months after the debut of Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon.

According to a leaked document that details the launch date of various smartphones at Walmart-owned Sam’s Club, the Galaxy Nexus will be preceded by the LG Viper.  The retailer  will start selling the Viper on April 15, to be swiftly followed by the unleashing of the Galaxy Nexus on April 22. Both phones will fit in nicely with Sprint’s newly born 4G LTE network. Sadly, the leak didn’t mention anything about pricing.

Surely, you know all the deets about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus by now. Google’s almost “old” flagship device sports a 4.65-inch super AMOLED HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution, and it was the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  The Sprint version of the Galaxy Nexus is expected to come with a 1.5GHz processor.

As for the LG Viper, it’s a mid-end Android smartphone, at best, that boasts a 4-inch WVGA display with 800 x 480 resolution. The phone’s 1.2GHz dual-core processor should keep it future-proof for the rest of the year, along with the phone’s NFC and DNLA features.

To be fair to Sprint, the Galaxy Nexus is yet to be introduced on AT&T, as well. Since the unlocked global variant of the phone works fine on AT&T, this doesn’t seem to concern Android enthusiasts all that much. Besides, AT&T does have the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD, which does a good job of replacing the Galaxy Nexus.

Sprint subscribers will now face the tough decision of whether to grab the Galaxy Nexus or hold on a little bit longer for the HTC EVO One and Samsung Galaxy S3. Who says life as an Android geek is easy?

  • reallllly?

    They already have the S2, were 3 years 1st to 4G, (sure, it was WiMax @ 12mbs), had 3d 1st & scooped up the photon. Did you research your points? The other carriers have more options, not better or first.

    • Another

      T-Mobile had the G-1, wasn’t that the 1st pure Google phone? Which brings up another point of smaller is slowest. Also, Sprint had the last 2 (or was it 3) Pure Google phones first as well as the once coveted HD2. Interesting article…

  • Ted Calouri

    I am hoping they give the bigger battery option at time of purchase. I plan to wait and see if the Evo One will come with a removable battery or not though before I decide for sure.

  • kafantaris

    In the beginning, the best mouse trap made the beaten path.
    Then the beaten path was deemed to make the best mouse trap.
    Soon, perceived goodness replaced actual goodness, and actual goodness itself no longer seems to matter.
    So don’t bother us with the facts.
    Can’t you see we are content already in our present fantasy.

  • Ollie_Williams

    yeah 6 days before my bday

  • Rob Lee

    Last month i switch from sprint because wimaxx 4g is so terrible, i got an galaxy skyrocket with att now. Im working more hours at work saving as most money as i can, im buying this on the day it is released. I cant wait at all!

  • Reallllly!

    I jest, the Sprint HTC conference was half what I expected (I expected quad cores), the Evo series used to be a first, now it is a second. I blame it on the receipt of Apple products lol.

    • JG55

      The dual core processor in the EVO is faster than the quad core in the One X (international version).

  • when did sprint samsung galaxy nexus come out? or which better galaxy nexus or a lg optimious elite??