If you were to come up with your ideal phone, the specs would probably look like those rumored for the mysterious LG LS970 on Sprint. This phone will reportedly have the Qualcomm APQ8064 (Snapdragon S4) at its heart. This is a quad-core 28nm Krait chip with the next-generation Adreno 320 GPU. Since this is an "APQ" chip, that means a separate LTE data modem will be used, currently listed in the leaked profile as the MSM9615.


Also included in the leaked data is a listing for 2GB of RAM, which is twice as much as high-end devices are currently shipping with (and probably more than Android needs). The supposed screen is a little bizarre. We're looking at a 4.67-inch 1280x768 panel, but those extra pixels could be reserved for on-screen buttons. The rear camera is called out as a whopping 13MP sensor.

LS970-HW LS970-Info

This device seemingly has everything I could want in a phone, which immediately makes me skeptical. The tipster says this phone is expected at the end of the year, so maybe it won't be all that ahead of tis time - it might have just leaked earlier than the competition. The device is being called simply "G" internally, but could be dubbed Eclipse 4G LTE when it launches. It could be an amazing phone, and something LG sorely needs to make up for past Android mistakes. I want to believe.

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  • aNYthing6

    Too bad it will have the fugly LG skin on it. 

  • http://twitter.com/set_iroN SetiroN

    Extra pixels reserved for software buttons... on the short side? -.-'

    Anyway, LG sucks in so many ways it's not even worth considering.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Well, it better has at least a 2500mAh battery. I heard 2 GB of RAM are rather demanding when it comes to energy-management.

  • GreedyGooner

    Lg...for them now it's guilty until proven innocent, for lack of a better term. I'm not getting excited about this at all.

  • Xeneize480

    BUT its LG mmm no thankx!!



  • R2doesinc

    Lmao. Quad core s4? y u be trollin?

  • BlackGod

    If LG can put a 13 MP camera and 2GB RAM on a smartphone-LG of all OEMs-I can honestly say Samsung held back with the Galaxy SIII.


      They seem to be focusing more on software now, but even though they may have some A15 Dual-core, for marketing purposes and lack of supply to accommodate the millions of Galaxy S IIIs, they went with the A9. I'm just hoping for a Mega samsung Nexus, or a Note II

    • Sam Eum

      *Facepalm* why on earth would you ever need 13 megapixels?

      • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

         Because you do not want to bring a huge heavy camera with you all the time!!!

        • BBXiong

          just FYI,  high megapixels doesnt mean good picture quality, so no, a 8MP camera would have been suffice

    • Sam Eum

      *Facepalm* why on earth would you ever need 13 megapixels?

    • hot_spare

      Imagine this scenario -- A Samsung commercial showing how "cool" it is to use the S Voice and Photo Tag feature and instantly update your facebook. 

      Now compare this against the LG ad showing they have 2GB RAM and how much you can multi-task. 

      Which sells more? Think about it from a common man's perspective. 

      • Gabba

        Considering that the CM team is working on porting all those S-features, I'll take the LG over the S3, since I can just root, slap on a CM ROM, and suddenly have all that software

        • hot_spare

          I am not sure how CM can help with S Voice in a LG phone as this requires connection to Samsung servers. And if they do, I think they will have legal issues as this means financial loss to Samsung.  

          Regardless of what CM is doing, this again proves my point that a *normal* customer would want this feature. If you as a techie want to have these S-features, I am sure *normal* consumers will be delighted to have them. 

          That's my point -- what would a normal consumer prefer? A phone which is shown having cool features like S Voice, and Social Tag or a phone which has 2GB RAM.

          It's not about what you can do with custom ROMs, but what is likely to sell more units for the company. 

        • DROID DOES

          The OpenDesign thing is not really about porting the frameworks of skin-customizations, but building them from the ground up. So it's not that simple

    • yarrellray

      Yes SAMSUNG HELD BACK. They have to deal with the GALAXY NOTE 2 and the upcoming GALAXY NEXUS all later this year. So yes they have other obligations they must live up to it's not all about the GALAXY S3 like people would like it to be. Rest assured the GALAXY NEXUS will TRUMP THIS one way or another. Lg has nothing today or down the road that really will matter in the real world. People don't purchase LG devices...

  • Hyestach

    Shiiiit, Well I WAS gonna get the EVO LTE.

  • Stephen E

    I just dropped my socks reading this article.. Damn Samsung, you effed up

  • CoreDuo08

    Quad-core Krait, external LTE modem, large and high resolution TFT display all on a 2100mAh battery. This will be a fast and powerful phone with terrible battery life. It'll be right at home on Sprint.

    • aNYthing6

      28nm and initial reports about the AT&T One X say otherwise.

      • CoreDuo08

        The AT&T One X has a Snapdragon S4 chip with the LTE modem integrated. This is apparently based on the APQ8064 chip which only has WiFi integrated, hence why they're using an external modem chip. My confidence isn't helped by the 2GB of RAM which is nice, but assuming they did it using two RAM chips instead of one, it'll likely serve to further drag battery life down.

  • askher

    Coming March 3, 2013...... releases in US 2014........ get the countdown app now available in the play store now... troll real big.....

  • L boogie

    LG could hit a grand slam with this, provided the device ships with stock android or at least optional on/off skin and there would possibly be a verizon variant though not sure what it would be called apart from being late with updates....for now, this is a serious mofo with possibilities

  • mduran1023

    Don't buy LG phones. Trust me -you don't want to be an early adopter of their junk.

    Just wait till HTC/Samsung/Motorola come out with something of equal value.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

    Umm... the extra pixels compared to a 720p screen make it wider, not taller. It doesn't make it any easier to have on screen buttons.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    2GB RAM is definitely needed. Today, all apps fit in 1GB but what if you like to multitask? They get killed.

  • Zerounodos

    13 mp camera... ON A PHONE? That's absolutely unexpected (for me, maybe not to all of you...)

    • Barton82

      Have you heard of Xperia S? Or Nokia N8? Or Nokia 808?

      • Zerounodos

        That's why I said it's unexpected for me... Don't know why, but I've totally left Sony and Nokia out of my smartphone panorama. Seriously, don't know why.

        • Barton82

          Oh I did the same.

    • bluevoodo

       HTC titan 2 camera has a 16 mp camera!

  • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

    I don't know if I buy the quad-core w/ a seperate modem deal.  I'd think that the MSM8960 Pro, which has the same S4 CPU along with an Adreno 320 and LTE, would be more likely as the next S4 to show up in phone.  But maybe it's just a parts availability issue...

  • yarrellray

    Please this is still LG which means USELESS. What makes me happy is that the next Galaxy Nexus will BLOW THIS AWAY..

    • squiddy20

      Hmmm quadcore vs dualcore, 2 GB of RAM vs 1 GB, possible 13 MP camera vs 5 MP camera, and a more advanced GPU vs last year's GPU. Tell me again how the Galaxy Nexus will "blow this away"? Someone's obviously bitter and delusional...

      • yarrellray

        College boy having problems reading that's pretty sad. Reading is Comprehension my friend so go back and read the comment. I sad NEXT GALAXY NEXUS will blow this LG JUNK AWAY. Why should you care thou you have that 3 years old Samsung Moment the rooted version because your to strapped for cash to purchase a new device. Tough world we live in guess mom's not getting off that cash anymore....

        • squiddy20

          I will concede that I misread your post, but you still fail to realize several things:
          1. The next Nexus phone won't be called the "Galaxy Nexus", just as the previous 2 were named completely differently. Try getting with the "real world" once in awhile.
          2. The Nexus phones are not, and probably never were, meant to be on the bleeding edge of hardware specifications. They are meant to be models for the next version of Android OS (software). If you recall, the Nexus One was the first phone to have 2.1, then the Nexus S was the first phone to have 2.3, and finally the Galaxy Nexus was the first phone to have 4.0. All of this while using hardware that was used months in advance in other phones. Please tell me you notice a pattern here dumbass. Because I really can't spell it out any simpler.
          3. I care because I care about *all* things Android, not just a "pimp slapping" Galaxy Nexus/ Samsung or HTC phones. I care even more because I will be upgrading to either the Galaxy Nexus or Evo LTE on Sprint sometime this week. 
          4. The Moment is *not* 3 years old. Try using some of your own "intelligence" to do a basic Google search to fact check your miserable little self once in awhile.
          5. It's spelled "though". "Thou" hasn't been used in modern, everyday language for centuries. Surely your "pimp slapping" Galaxy Nexus would have autocorrected these blatant misspellings and made you seem 100 times smarter. How sad.

          • bluevoodo

             Haw, dont pick on Yarell, we all know he is special.

    • BrooklynpunkuoutHacker

      The next galaxy nexus which just came out is made by LG.Google has dropped samsung after the last nexus they did for them was crap.So yes if anyone is a moron it would be you hands down.Besides you are a newbie most likely so dont hate on knowledge you dont have!!!

  • yarrellray

    Lg and Verizon the perfect team they both.suck..

    • squiddy20

      Try reading the article again because this is definitely Sprint and LG, not Verizon and LG. Moron.