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Sep
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Budget on AT&T just got a little better, as the carrier has announced the LG Escape, a 4.3" entry-level Ice Cream Sandwich phone that will be available next week online and in stores. Here's a quick breakdown of the specifications:

  • 4.3" qHD IPS display (960x540) with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (most likely a down-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960)
  • Android 4.0
  • 4GB interal storage
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2150mAh battery
  • LTE support

While it's not the most exciting phone ever, at just $50 on contract, it's probably going to get a lot of attention at AT&T's retail stores (as most budget phones do). And, given the specs on paper, LG could do a lot worse. Assuming this is the same 1.2GHz version of the MSM8960 Snapdragon we've seen in other mid-range devices, it should perform admirably.

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LG's IPS displays also promise solid battery life, and qHD resolution on a 4.3" panel is definitely adequate. The Escape will be popping up in AT&T retail stores and online starting next week, on Sept. 16th.

Press Release:

Starting Sept. 16, AT&T* will expand its 4G LTE product portfolio by offering an unparalleled combination of premium performance and value.  The LG Escape™ is perfect for consumers on a budget looking to transition into a powerful smartphone and pairs well with AT&T’s recently announced shared data plans creating a great combination of low- cost hardware and service for data-minded families. The LG Escape is a 4G LTE Android smartphone with high-performance connectivity, processing and camera features with a vibrant qHD display. It will be available in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online for $49.99 with a two-year agreement**.

The LG Escape features the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform and 4 GB onboard memory with the option to add up to 32 GB with a microSD card. A 1.2 GHz dual-core processor delivers seamless multitasking agility. The crisp 4.3-inch qHD IPS display gives users enhanced image clarity with true-to-life color rendering. Near-Field Communication enabled and equipped with the QuickMemoTM feature lets users instantly capture a screen image, add notes or decorate using just a finger, then share with friends. The LG Escape has full HD video recording capabilities, and users can even create customized videos by adding themes, music and text to videos or a series of photos with the Video Wiz editing application, played back in crisp cinematic Dolby® Mobile surround sound. To see more of the Escape’s features in action, check out this video.

Because timing is everything when taking photos on the go, the LG Escape 5-megapixel auto-focus camera offers features to help users tap into their inner photographer. With the Continuous Shot feature, users can capture multiple images in a row to create that perfect panoramic photo or choose the best photo from an impromptu photo shoot to share with all their friends. Time Catch Shot eliminates shutter lag by taking several pictures before the shutter button is pushed to make sure users get the right shot every time.

LG Escape also features the Skyfire Horizon, a newly created browser toolbar extension that allows users to access their favorite social media pages while surfing the internet. Available on the LG Escape and future AT&T Android smartphones, it provides customers with quick and easy access to popular consumer utilities like Facebook, Twitter, Share URL, and more.

AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network***, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.

“This is an impressive smartphone for $49.99,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility. “Running Android 4.0 and packing a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a qHD true-color IPS screen and cool features like our new browser bar, customers looking for incredible value will quickly select the Escape.” 

“LG Escape allows users to capture and share whatever life sends their way with its powerful dual-core processor, true-to-life screen and smart camera features,” said James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA. “And on AT&T’s expansive network consumers can get the best possible experience with Escape by using its LTE capabilities to the fullest.”

For more information, visit www.att.com/aboutus.

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Key Features:

  • An advanced 5 MP camera with time catch shot, “cheese shutter,” and different shot modes including Normal, HDR, Continuous and Panorama
  • Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • AT&T’s 4G LTE Network
  • The innovative and convenient QuickMemo™ to create and share personalized memos by writing messages or drawings on screen captures
  • A 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • True-to-Life 1080p HD recording
  • Long-lasting 2,150mAh battery
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0
  • A crisp 4.3” qHD true-color IPS Touch Screen with Gorilla® Glass durability
  • Google™ Integration with Google Play, Google Maps™ Navigation and other preloaded Google apps
  • Add music and themes to videos and photos with Video Wiz
  • Data sharing with Android Beam and NFC Technology

Additional Features:

  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera and camcorder
  • Video resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 full-HD
  • Zoom up to 4x
  • Simultaneous GPS for Enhanced Location Accuracy

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • nwd1911

    If this is the new "budget" line, I may not buy a top tier phone again. Funny how most of the specs (minus screen & camera) smoke the high end phones that came out 9 months ago.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I have to say, it's not bad for the price. I'm guessing the build is where skimping happened, though, as is usually the case with these sorts of handsets. They're sort of like American muscle cars - fast and made of cheap plastic. Can't argue that they do put a decently-performing Android phone in people's hands, though.