20
Sep
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Remember a few months ago when LG showed off its new Optimus L series, with three new Android-powered smartphones across several price points? Yeah, neither do we. But in any case, the biggest and relatively baddest of those phones will be available on Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile sometime in the near future, under the new alias of the LG Venice. EV Leaks got a hold of an official photo of the device - we've only got their word that it's coming to Boost, but they're usually spot-on with this sort of thing.

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The L7 was announced with a 4.3-inch, 480x800 IPS display, a 1Ghz Snapdragon S1 (yes, S1) processor, 4GB of storage plus MicroSD card expansion, standard 3G and Ice Cream Sandwich. There's no reason to believe that these middle-of-the-road specs will change with a release on an American budget carrier. Try to contain your boundless excitement, guys. (To be fair, the specs aren't terrible for Boost's current lineup.) Of course, the L-series was promoted as the phone for the fashion-conscious consumer... we'll let you be the judge.

The various reviews of the international version claim that the performance is pretty poor, and with a 1Ghz single-core processor running Android 4.0, I can't say I'm surprised. As much as it pains me, I kind of wish this thing was running Gingerbread. The fashion angle - subjective at best - might be the only thing the Venice has going for it. There's no word on when the LG Venice will appear on Boost (or any other stateside carrier), or for how much.

[Via EVleaks - Twitter]

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    An incoming device with a 1-st gen Snapdragon, that's mind-blowing to me. That's beyond shitty even for a cheapie phone nowadays.

    • ProductFRED

      I agree. I posted the same on Engadget's article on the international release. I know the Epic 4G Touch is expensive, but I'd still shell out for that over this on Boost. Why limit yourself to a sub-par phone just because you're on prepaid? I mean, even that aside, you can do better than this phone on Boost while keeping cost margins relatively low.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Phones like that will inadvertently give Android a bad name :(

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    *lol* I really had to laugh when I read that headline...

  • Joshua Powers

    Its called free market competition, if you don't like it then don't buy it, but don't sit there telling everybody what they should buy one persons trash is another's treasure.

    • Aaron

      Except that this is a news site that could help someone avoid this and make a better decision.

      • Tyler Chappell

        This is boost mobile we are talking about, from my understanding there arent many better decisions to be made.

        • Aaron

          But there is virgin mobile, another prepaid option based on the same carrier's towers (sprint). There you could get an evo v 4g, which is basically an evo 3d, and a much better option.

          • Tyler Chappell

            Yes but that is NOT boost mobile. Virgin mobile is irrelevant here because it is about a phone on boost mobile.

  • Tyler Chappell

    For some reason I really like the way the back of the device looks.

  • http://www.jhdezjr.com/ Jorge Lazaro Hernandez

    Battery life will suck! :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/missraedell Taylor O’Dell

      Not if you enable the eco power saver .

  • Alexis

    I actually have this phone and for a "cheap" phone it works better then most just bc it's not a name brand doesn't mean it can't do the same thing

  • jaja

    i love my phone . it has better battery life than my s3 but worse than my iphone 5 ...

  • McLovinsFather

    I bought this phone from best buy and it works fantastic. It runs quickly never dropped a call even in the middle of nowhere. its a great phone for its value. So for all the neigh sayers, dont dog it until you try it. Had a Iphone 4 before this and i like the lg venice better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/missraedell Taylor O’Dell

    Currently i have the Venice through boost and i love it! Functions like an iPhone. Costs like an android c: