We first heard about an upcoming LG phone with Windows Phone on board last month. The unnamed at that time device had a model number that suggested that it would be headed to Verizon. The phone, called LG Lancet, surfaced again yesterday and we had it understood that it would be released next week, on May 21st. However, the thing with rumors is that they are not always true. In this case, the alleged launch date was apparently off and the LG Lancet Windows budget phone hit Verizon store today.
LG Lancet for Verizon Wireless
The LG Lancet for Verizon Wireless is a pretty cheap offering. You can grab the phone for just $19.99 with a new two-year contract or for merely $120 outright. You can also opt for Verizon Edge installment plan and have the LG Lancet for only $5 per month.
The Lancet is the first device from LG to run Windows Phone 8, the 8.1 iteration to be more exact. Like other Windows phones, the Lancet comes with Cortana – your very own personal digital assistant that will make your life easier. The phone also brings a few LG-specific features such as KnockOn for waking the phone and Quick Memo for capturing screen shots. Moreover, the LG Lancet is the first Windows phone on Verizon to offer Advanced Calling 1.0 so you will be able to enjoy high-quality HD calls with other devices supporting this feature.
Hardware-wise, the Lancet is advanced enough to satisfy an average smartphone user. The device sports a 4.5-inch display with 480×854 resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor paired with 1GB of RAM. In terms of memory, the Lancet offers 8GB of built-in storage and microSD slot compatible with up to 128GB cards. In addition, More Everything customers will receive 25GB of cloud storage on Verizon Cloud at no additional cost.
The phone is also equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera with Live Shot and VGA front-facing shooter with Gesture Shot and Soft Light for selfies. Other key features include LTE support and a 2,100 mAh battery which should provide up to 18.5 hours of usage time or up to 420 hours of standby time.
Verizon claims that the LG Lancet comes with premium features, but as you can see, compared to flagship devices, it’s clearly a mid-ranger so do not get deceived. However, considering its super affordable price combined with decent hardware and software, you can’t really ask for more. Any takers?