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If you're in the market for a mid-range AT&T handset that kind of looks like the LG G3 but not really, today may be your lucky day. Well, August 22nd may be your lucky day, because that's when AT&T is going to start offering the LG G Vista. Not familiar with the Vista? No worries, here's the rundown:

  • 5.7-inch 1280x800 display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear shooter
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2

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It's a pretty run-of-the-mill mid-ranger spec-wise, but it's packing several of LG's G3 features, like Mini View, Dual Window, KnockOn and KnockCode, and several others.

The phone will set you back $355 off-contract, which isn't a terrible price for everything the Vista offers. If you'd rather lock-in, it'll be $50 with a two-year agreement, $14.80 a month on Next 18, or $17.75 a month on Next 12.

DALLAS AND ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Aug. 8, 2014 – AT&T1 is expanding LG Electronics’ popular G Series on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network2  with the launch of the new LG G Vista smartphone. Combining an expansive, 5.7-inch HD IPS display and a powerful, long-lasting 3,200 mAh SiO+ battery, the LG G Vista allows you to view video, photos and texts with high-definition clarity, so you can accomplish virtually every task while on-the-go with less squinting and more smiling.

The LG G Vista in Indigo Black will be available online at www.att.com and in AT&T retail stores on Aug. 22 for:

  • $14.80/month on AT&T Next18.3
  • $17.75/month on AT&T Next12.3
  • $49.99 with a two-year agreement.4
  • No annual commitment for $354.99.5

For a limited-time anyone who purchases an LG G Vista from AT&T will be eligible to buy the new LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for only 99 cents.6

The LG G Vista features LG’s popular new “Floating Arc” design and LG’s ergonomic, textured rear key for a comfortable one-handed experience. Boasting a new, refined user interface with flat graphics derived from the shape and concept of LG’s logo, the LG G Vista is tailor-made for intuitive navigation and multi-tasking geared for an active lifestyle. And, for the photographer in everyone, the LG G Vista’s 8-megapixel camera with Laser Autofocus helps you take clearer, more precise shots. Selfie-lovers can even use a simple hand-motion gesture with LG G Vista’s front-facing camera to grab that memorable self-portrait.

Key Features Include:

  • Large, 5.7-inch HD IPS Screen: With an expansive screen and a design that minimizes the phone’s overall size thanks to a “Floating Arc” design, you can experience greater portability and comfort at an affordable price.
  • Mini View: With a simple gesture, Mini View will shrink and move to a smaller frame of your home screen giving you full control of the device with one hand, hassle-free.
  • Dual Window: Making use of the LG G Vista’s large display, Dual Window splits its 5.7-inch HD display into two panels, giving you a comprehensive view of different apps for easy multitasking. In Dual Window, you can easily drag and drop content without moving back and forth, providing a more easy and efficient way of sharing and viewing information.
  • Advanced Multitasking: Convenient access with the touch of a button to open apps via a single screen, multi-tile summary view.
  • Smart Keyboard: Type quickly and efficiently on a keyboard that adapts to your style and can be resized, providing a personal messaging experience with easy-to-use features.
  • 8-Megapixel Camera with Laser AutoFocus: Whether you’re on a road trip with friends or on a family vacation, snapping those once-in-a-lifetime photos with the LG G Vista’s 8-megapixel camera, featuring Laser AutoFocus, ensures quicker focus time and sharp images.
  • KnockOn and KnockCode: With the LG KnockOn feature, you can simply tap on the display twice to wake it up or put it sleep without picking up the device or pressing the power key. Once activated, KnockCode expands on KnockOn, enabling you to customize a three to eight pattern combination anywhere within four quadrants of the display. This allows for more than 86,000 combinations for you to feel confident about restricting phone access. Wake to unlock the phone in one simple step.

Key LG G Vista Specifications:

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon Processor
  • 5.7-inch HD IPS Display (1280 x 720); 258 ppi
  • 3,200 mAh removable SiO+ battery
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with Laser AutoFocus and LED Flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera with Gesture Shutter
  • 8 GB total memory (3.72GB usable) with microSD memory card support up to 32GB
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • KnockCode and KnockOn

For more information about LG devices, please visit www.lg.com, like LG on Facebook or follow LG on Twitter. You can also see the LG G Vista in action in this video or go to www.att.com/gvista.com.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • jonathan3579

    Damn, the battery life on this phone will be insane.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      I still think LG should've at least downgrade the display to Full HD, 720p on almost 6" is insanely awful

      • jonathan3579

        I completely agree. I'm surprised how many large screen 720p devices are coming out and expected to sell.

        • Godspoken

          Honestly, I have a PS Vita, which has a qHD display (960x544) across 5 inches, and I think it's a very beautiful display. If you ask me, the resolution of a display holds a lot less weight in real-world use, but is often referred to because it is objective and easy to understand compared to other aspects of display technology.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        I strongly disagree.

        Galaxy Note 2 user here.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Note 2 a 0.2" smaller screen

          • ProductFRED

            Not a huge difference though. I've owned a Note 2 and, although the screen isn't beautiful @ 720p and 5.5", it's perfectly usable and very good looking, even when close. Is it a big difference from 1080p on my Note 3? Yes. Does it affect casual use? Not at all. Pictures and movies and websites and apps still look sharp.

  • David

    Moto G anyone?

    • ProductFRED

      Honestly, this challenges the Moto G in a few ways:

      - Bigger screen (though this isn't necessarily a benefit; it's a preference)

      - HUGE battery (Note 3 size) + Snapdragon 400 = no charging for DAYS

      - 8 MP camera vs 5 MP; I know MP don't = quality, but the Moto G camera is pretty
      terrible and I don't think this can be any worse.

      - 1.5 GB RAM vs 1 GB RAM; nowadays you can get by with 1 GB, but you want 2 GB for maximum performance. It does make a difference.
      Of course, with this phone you have to put up with LG's skin, AT&T's updates, and the lack of AWS (1700 MHz) HSPA+ band for use on T-Mobile.

      • David

        Maybe you're right, they compete in different price segments, like you say: "apples to oranges".

  • Gregor Smith

    So LG are going full Samsung with a million G3 variants, even though that a million S4 varients didnt do well?

  • digiblur

    Nice to see companies jumping into this realm of a decent phone without a "bend over" price and contract.

    • dude

      The Moto X and Nexus 5 and OnePlus will run circles around this phone. This should be $299 max.

      • digiblur

        Maybe... but this one has the screensize that lots of people want. OnePlus is missing a few LTE bands for the US so I didn't even look at that one (no band 2 or band 5? WTH?).

  • gspida

    So does the G3 have mini view? I was under the understanding that it did not and that it only had where you can move the dialer to the left or right and a few more like that. Can anyone confirm this? I am seriously thinking about getting the G2 because of this missing feature on the G3.

    • peakay

      Correct, the G3 does NOT have that feature. Was bummed when I bought it and found that out, but it really hasn't been an issue. I put the window shade button into the bottom nav buttons and only enacted the one handed mode in the dialer. Nothing else has bothered me.

      I briefly had a Note 3 and mini view was essential on that phone.

      • gspida

        Thanks for the info. I don't think it is a deal breaker really just a nice feature to g have when you want to be lazy. You like the G3 better than the note 3?

        • peakay

          Yes I do. The note 3 was just so tall vertically and felt like a much bigger phone. The G3 feels like a non phablet yet has the nice large screen. The software is better too and I don't have to replace so many apps like u do on a Samsung.

          • gspida

            Nice. I have the G Pro which I really do like. I will probably hang on to it another year and will be looking at the G4. My first Android phone was the Galaxy Note 1. I really loved it coming from an Iphone but realized that I did not need the stylus hence the G Pro and not the Note 3. $50 for the G Pro vs. $300 for the Note 3.

          • peakay

            Ya, I came from the Note 2 and only used the stylus when I got a phone call in the road, but u can just use q note and your finger to take a message. Got the G3 for $50 on release day through best buy. Wasn't sure if I'd keep it, but 2 weeks of trying it sold me on it .

          • gspida

            Oh yeah, what did you mean by you had to replace so many apps?

  • RH

    I have a 6.1" 720p screen on my Huawei Ascend Mate2, with a snap400 & 3900mAH battery and with hard use, I can get 2-3 days battery easy. Mostly phone, some texts, lots of web & email. Middle of the road specs, but it's fast, no lag, jb4.3 but IT WORKS. I love that huge battery! Coming from a Galaxy Note1, it's the same width & thickness and only 1/2" taller, but you go from a 5.3" to a 6.1" screen! It's awesome.

    • BC

      I was thinking about getting the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, but I will wait and see if it gets a KitKat update before pulling the trigger. I want the battery life and the bigger screen but I love KitKat too much to give it up.

  • tdurden64111

    5.7? Is that all the bigger you can go, you fks?! BRING IT ON!