It all started with speculations and rumors, but it is now official. Citing official reports, LG is set to release another handset in the mid-range category of the US market and it will be referred to as LG Venice. LG Venice is set to hit the US market when it makes its way to Boost Mobile on the 10th of October.
The official announcement on this LG handset, which was introduced as Optimus L7 during the Mobile World Congress early this year, comes after its images were leaked and posted on a twitter account. These leaked images of the mid-range LG handset had the familiar icon associated with Sprint plastered on the front side of the device, although the actual branding is not visible. This has fueled earlier speculations that it will be making its US debut via this mobile carrier. Boost mobile is the carrier’s brand for the wireless no-contract segment.
For a mobile gadget that is targeting the mid-range segment of the market, LG Venice is in several aspects an impressive device. It comes pre-loaded with Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich, and it will have a single-core processor with 1GHz clocking under its hood and it is matched by a 512MB RAM. It features a 4.3-inch display on Gorilla glass with a 480 x 800-pixel resolution and a 217-ppi pixel density. Its 2.4GB internal memory is complemented by up to 32GB external memory via the microSD slot. This midrange LG mobile gadget features a 5MP camera on the backside and a standard front-facing camera.
LG Venice is not making any pretensions of it being the most powerful gadget on the block, but it is definitely a lightweight and slim device that you can comfortably lug around and it fits snugly inside your pocket. It basically has the same thickness as that of the Galaxy S3, and with a 4.41 ounces weight, it is slightly lighter than the Galaxy S3. One of the strong points of the LG device is its sleek design – the looks are not really associated to a mid-range device and could even qualify as a top-end gadget in certain aspects.
LG Venice will hit the US market carrying a $220 tag price, and at this price level, it is clearly a practical buying option for consumers looking for an affordable handset. For those who are looking for a low-priced gadget from Boost Mobile, the LG Venice could easily make it as one of their top picks. Still, your final choice will ultimately be dictated by your personal preference. If you are looking for a handset that could at least deliver the basic functions and meet your daily routine requirements, then this LG handset could be a practical alternative to the S3 as the LG Venice is priced $150 lower than the Galaxy S3.