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

A long time coming.
April 2, 2012

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?