Sprint Announces The LG Mach – Android QWERTY Device

Yesterday, Sprint announced the LG Mach, a new QWERTY slider Android smartphone to compete with Motorola’s Photon Q. There are still many users out there that prefer the QWERTY slider form factor as opposed to a touch screen keyboard and Sprint wants to ensure they have a solution for them.

Despite the name, the smartphone unfortunately does not exhibit high-end performance. Rather the device is a mid-range phone.

Full specs for the LG Mach are:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (with an expected Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update “coming soon”)
  • Dimensions: 4.64″ (H) x 2.56″ (W) x 0.48″ (D)
  • Weight: 5.92 oz
  • Full QWERTY slide out keyboard
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4” WVGA touch screen (480 x 800)
  • 8GB eMMC and microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Battery: 1700mAh Li-ion
  • Personal and business email and text messaging, as well as IM through Google Talk™
  • Google Mobile™ wireless services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google
  • Maps™ for Android, Google Calendar™, Voice Search and YouTube™
  • 3G/4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual Cameras: 5-megapixel rear-facing with flash and video capture and 0.3 megapixel VGA front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD recording, uploading and playback
  • LG QuickMemo gives users the ability to personalize messages and share comments across a wide range of content including web pages, digital magazines, photos and more – all with a simple swipe of your finger
  • Time Catch Shot™ allows users to take up to 5 images based on image resolution. Users can review the thumbnail images to choose the best shot
  • Play Store with more than 600,000 apps, millions of songs and books and thousands of movies Play Store has something for everyone
  • Sprint ID offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all in a single download
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • Bluetooth® 4.0

Sprint hasn’t provided any release information or pricing structure at all. LG is hoping this device, in conjunction with its newest line of Android devices, can help to establish it as a player once again in the Android market. Spearheaded by LG’s Optimus G/Nexus 4, the Korean company’s future is certainly looking bright.

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