LG Spectrum official: LTE and 720p HD display for $200

LG has officially revealed the LG Spectrum, the company's latest 4G LTE smartphone headed to Verizon Wireless on January 19. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone has a custom LG UI, and runs a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS display with an iPhone 4S-besting pixel density of 429ppi. There's also a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

The back holds an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and 1080p Full HD video recording, while a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera does video calls. Standard storage is 4GB, with a microSD card slot to add to that (a 16GB card will be preloaded), plus there's WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. The MicroUSB port does HDMI-MHL, and there's hotspot sharing for up to 10 WiFi-tethered clients.

The Spectrum measures a not-inconsiderable 135.4mm x 68.8mm x 10.4mm and 141.5g, though LG does at least use that heft to accommodate a 1,830 mAh battery. A second, extended battery with 3,000 mAh to play with should hopefully keep up with power-hungry LTE.

The LG Spectrum will go on sale January 19, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement. An Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is promised for the first half of this year.