LG created a new smartphone for Verizon customers featuring Windows 8.1. But unlike other smartphones, which are already expensive even before purchasing a data plan, the new LG Lancet is priced for customers on a budget.
The Lancet has a 4.5-inch LCD display and uses a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It has two cameras: an 8-megapixel camera in the rear and a VGA camera in the front. It has 8 GB of internal storage, but it also supports up to an additional 128 GB through a MicroSD card. Verizon "More Everything" customers will also get 25 GB of free cloud storage. It uses a 2100 mAh lithium ion battery, which LG said gives the phone a battery life of 420 hours on standby and 18.5 hours during usage.
LG also fitted it with some of its own features, such as Knock On, which allows you to turn the screen on or off by double-tapping it, and Quick Memo to easily capture screenshots. Verizon will also give Lancet users Advance Calling 1.0, making it the first Windows phone in Verizon's roster to feature what the company calls HD Voice Calling. The feature is supposed to provide better voice quality during phone calls.
The smartphone is now available online with the phone arriving in stores on May 21. The full retail price is $120, but customers can pay $5 a month for 24 months through Verizon Edge. Its price and features make it a viable option for a basic smartphone, and with Windows 10 coming in the next few months -- albeit later than the full Windows 10, as we've just learned -- Lancet owners will join other Windows Phone users in the free upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile.