Verizon’s exclusive LG Lucid 2 officially announced, arrives online later this week

LG Lucid 2Verizon Wireless and LG have officially announced that the LG Lucid 2, which is Verizon’s version of the LG Optimus F5 and the follow up to last year’s LG Lucid, will be available online later this week.

I was rather impressed with the original LG Lucid when I was given the opportunity to review it last year. I highly recommended the device to first time smartphone owners and those on a budget. It’s successor appears to improve on the original in nearly every way imaginable, yet remains very affordable. In fact, the LG Lucid 2 is absolutely free with a new two year agreement.

On paper, the LG Lucid 2 seems to offer some decent hardware, especially once you consider the on-contract price of nothing. Up front, you’ll find a 4.3-inch AH-IPS display with a screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Internally, the LG Lucid 2 features a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB worth of RAM and a large 2,460mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly. The phone comes with 8GB of internal storage and includes a MicroSD card slot with support for up to 64GB cards. There is also a pair of cameras (5MP on the back and a 1.3MP on the front), Bluetooth 4.0, and Verizon 4G LTE connectivity.

For software, the LG Lucid 2 ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and LG’s Optimus UI. New smartphone user might appreciate the included “Starter Mode”, which simplifies the user interface and applies helpful widgets to the Lucid 2’s home screen. But more experienced users will probably want to stick with the “Standard Mode”, it offers five fully customizable home screens, and the typical Android experience. Other preloaded software features include a bunch of LG’s own apps, such as cheese shutter for taking voice activated photos and the QuickMemo app, which is very useful for capturing screenshots and taking notes.

As was mentioned above, the LG Lucid 2 is free with a new two year agreement. That much we know for sure, but there seems to be a bit of confusion about the LG Lucid 2 release date. The press release we were sent from LG has the date of online availability set at today, but Verizon’s blog post indicates that the Lucid 2 wont be available until April 4th. I’ve contacted LG for clarification, but right now I am assuming that someone just made a small typo while typing up LG’s press release. Either way, the full release follows below and it contains more details about this budget-friendly device.

 

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 2, 2013 – LG Electronics USA today launched the Lucid™2 by LG smartphone, available exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

Starting today, Lucid2 by LG will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for free with a new two-year service agreement.

Designed for both the first-time smartphone user and the mass 4G LTE market, Lucid2 by LG helps smartphone users effortlessly and intuitively manage the fun and busyness of everyday life. Featuring a Starter Mode with helpful widgets, a smooth, simplified user interface and a long-lasting battery, as well as a Standard Mode with five customizable home screens, Lucid2 offers a more personalized experience that can be easily tailored to any user’s preferences.

“In today’s highly connected world, mobile devices have become an essential tool for helping people balance their lives,” said Georg Rasinski, director, mobile brand management, LG Electronics USA. “Whether it’s a morning meeting, a family get-together or weekend shopping, Lucid2 by LG is designed to provide first-time smartphone users with an intuitive yet robust smartphone to stay connected and help accomplish their daily tasks.”

Lucid2 by LG also comes with all of the apps first-time smartphone users need to personalize and explore the smartphone world. With QuickMemo™, users can customize their photos and screenshots with creative commentary by using a single finger to write or draw on any image, then share them via their social media profiles or email. Users can also take snapshots of their favorite moments using Lucid2 by LG’s 5-megapixel camera and fun, creative camera features like Time Catch Shot or Cheese Shot, ensuring important memories are captured for future sharing. With Time Catch Shot, users can snap several pictures before pressing the shutter button, ensuring the best photos are never missed. Additionally, users can use Live Shot to take pictures while recording video or Cheese Shutter to take voice-activated photos by simply saying “cheese.” Lucid2’s rear-facing 1080p HD camera allows users to record and then edit video using Video Wiz, adding in their own transitions and subtitles.

In addition to capitalizing on Verizon Wireless’s powerful 4G LTE network, Lucid2 by LG sports a full suite of wireless connectivity features, including Bluetooth® Version 4.0 and LG Smart Share, which lets users easily send videos, pictures and music wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices like your flat screen TV.

Lucid2 by LG also comes with an efficient, long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery and convenient wireless-charging capabilities*, perfect for the all-day demands and joys of work and personal life. Using the all-new LG WCP-300 Wireless Charging Pad, featuring a sleek, low-profile compact and portable design, users can charge Lucid2 by LG wirelessly when paired with a Wireless Charging Standard Battery Cover.

Lucid2 by LG features a compact, stylish design that makes it easy to grip and is equipped with a big, bright 4.3-inch qHD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display that enhances the viewing experience for watching videos, reading eBooks and browsing the web in stunning clarity and natural color. Combined with 4G LTE speeds and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait dual-core processor, first-time smartphone users can stream video, update their social media profiles, read reviews and more in seconds.

Key Features Include:
• Large 4.3-inch qHD Advanced High Performance (AH) In-Plane-Switching (IPS) display
• Long-lasting 2,460 mAh Battery
• Android™ 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
• Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
• Memory: 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board storage
• microSD™ Memory Card Support: up to 64GB
• Wireless charging capabilities (Wireless Charging Battery Cover sold separately)
• Customizable lock screens
• Advanced Camera Capabilities including Live Shot, Time Catch Shot, Panorama Shot and Cheese Shutter
• Mobile Hotspot to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
• QuickMemo allows users to capture screenshots and add their own personalized commentary or drawings with a finger
• Bluetooth® Version 4.0

Pricing and Availability:
• Lucid2 by LG is available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting April 4 for free with a new two-year service agreement. Lucid2 by LG will be available in stores in the coming weeks.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

*Wireless charging capabilities require the purchase of a Wireless Charging Battery Cover and LG WCP-300 Wireless Charging Pad, each sold separately for $39.99.

Source: LG and Verizon Wireless