20
Jul
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We've already seen the LS860 in blurrycam previously, but this latest photo of the upcoming LTE-equipped QWERTY slider headed to Sprint is a lot easier on the eyes.

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According to @evleaks, the device is packing a dual-core MSM9860 Snapdragon S4 processor, so we can expect it to be pretty speedy. Android 4.0 is also present, but given LG's track record with updates, who knows if it'll ever seen 4.1. A 4" WVGA display, though, is definitely a bit of a letdown. WVGA, really LG? Even for a budget device, qHD has generally become the standard. Still, there's obviously a small sliver of a market out there for QWERTY devices, and the internals on this one should provide some level of protection from hardware obsolescence.

There's still no info on a release time frame, so we'll keep our ears open on this one.

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David Ruddock
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  • Drayon

    those buttons are ridiculous!

  • Drayon

    those buttons are ridiculous!

  • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

    If this was a GS3 variant I would hop on it but alas those few of us that enjoy a good slider (OG Epic 4G owner) we never get the cream of the crop specs.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

    If this was a GS3 variant I would hop on it but alas those few of us that enjoy a good slider (OG Epic 4G owner) we never get the cream of the crop specs.

  • wolfkabal

    Meh, barely an upgrade over the Epic 4G. Dual-core and LTE only.

    • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

      This is easily passable. I would actually just keep my Epic 4G over signing a new 2-yr just for this. I got mine on release day and it still runs like a champ. (with CM9 of course)

    • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

      This is easily passable. I would actually just keep my Epic 4G over signing a new 2-yr just for this. I got mine on release day and it still runs like a champ. (with CM9 of course)

      • wolfkabal

        Completely agree! CM9 saved this phone. If my Epic wasn't in such bad shape I wouldn't even be considering an alternate. Still eyeing the X and GS3 though.

        • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

          I grabbed the GS3 and installed Thumb Keyboard....I may be falling in love

  • wolfkabal

    Meh, barely an upgrade over the Epic 4G. Dual-core and LTE only.

  • 2face

    Why do Querty Sliders always have to be budget priced with lackluster hardware? I use mine for business. I would clearly rather have an iPhone, if iPhone had a physical keyboard. I use it all day for email. And I have money to spend on a decent product. I currently have an Xperia Pro. I'm looking for a new phone because many of my Apps don't work because Xperia Pro is basically a cheap phone with a single core processor and 512 KB memory.

  • Adina Nechama Hirschmann

    LG Mach user on Boost Mobile here. While not the highest-end handset, it's not really a budget unit either. I'd describe it as a solid midrange and serviceable laptop replacement. It would be even better with the "Enact" keyboard layout with the symbols distributed over all the keys. I was looking for an upgrade from the Optimus Slider (to run my office and business apps without running out of internal storage) and more computerlike specifications for speed and display. I really appreciate the removable battery, and that I can use one of a higher capacity---the Droids no longer have that function. The 1.2 GB dual-core CPU is fast enough for most jobs. The 1 GB of RAM gives plenty of working memory for smooth operations. I recommend the free Kingsoft Office app (over the pre-installed Polaris) for viewing, creating and editing documents and File Manager for keeping them organized. While the display is not the highest end, it's still very readable. Reducing the default font size allows more content to be viewed at once. The Screen Adjuster app (free from Google Play) can increase the brightness and contrast without having to root. Nice also to be able to view my writing in paragraphs in full view, free from the typical onscreen keyboard covering it up. Just like a little laptop. Sound and call quality are as expected for a midrange device. At home, I pipe the audio through my old PC multimedia speakers with a Bluetooth adapter.

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