The original LG Lucid wasn't anything to write home about, but for some reason Verizon kept the name around for the much-improved mid-range sequel. Now the phone line is getting a third entry, as the Lucid 3 has appeared on Verizon's site after a candid leak last month. New Verizon customers can pick up the phone for free on-contract, and those who prefer to go without the ball and chain can pay a reasonable $299.99.
What does three hundred buckskins get you on Verizon these days? All things considered, it's not bad. The Lucid 3 is still decidedly mid-range, thanks to a 960x540 4.7-inch LCD screen, a 5MP rear camera, and 8GB of storage. But the physical design looks nice and compact: at 131.5x66x9.9mm, it's about the same size as the Moto X, despite having additional physical controls. The slim side bezels on the screen look pretty swanky too. The processor is a 1.2Ghz quad-core model (Verizon isn't saying how much RAM the phone has), and users have access to a MicroSD card slot, but not the fixed 2440mAh battery.
Most impressively, the Lucid 3 is already running Android 4.4.2 - the latest OS update is a rare thing to see on anything except flagship hardware at launch. Of course you'll have to deal with LG's software skin, but all in all, you could do a lot worse for a free-on-contract phone. The Lucid 3 is shipping from Verizon's website now, and should be in retail stores soon if it isn't already.