FCC reveals LG Windows Phone for Sprint?

Thanks to some clever digging by the guys at PhoneScoop (via WPCentral), a new Windows Phone from LG has been discovered deep in the archives of the FCC. Known in the documents as the LS831, which has been seen before in WP Bench, this new device carries Windows Phone and LG branding on the back along with the characteristic Windows logo on the front.

The FCC reveals that this is a CDMA device that runs on the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, at least one of which (800 MHz) is currently used by Sprint. There are also documents relating to Sprint Nextel in the device filing, along with a slew of photos that were kept confidential for 180 days starting on October 4, 2011; unfortunately for LG the 180 days ran out on April 1 and now the photos are publicly available.

Along with the Windows Phone branding, looking at the device photos also reveals a 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera, a 4-inch display (going by the ruler in the photo), 1,540 mAh user-removable battery but no microSD card slot. Looking very closely at the shots of the mainboard reveals a Hynix H26M42001FMR chip, which is an 8 GB NAND chip, and another large Samsung DDR chip with an obscured part number. Either one of these sits atop the Qualcomm processor that powers the device.

There is also a partially completed user manual amongst the FCC filings, but there is no mention anywhere of the production status of the device. Will this device come to Sprint? When will we see the final model released into the wild? Who knows, but at least we know that LG is still working on some sort of new Windows Phone device.

Images courtesy of the FCC via WPCentral

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Wonder how long before LG blames the failure of this phone on the Windows Phone OS? Similar to their previous entry in the US with their brick-of-a-phone on AT&T, this phone is going to flop, and they are going to blame Microsoft for it rather than their horrid implementation.

As dull and uninspired as this design may be, if they brought back expandable storage (aka secure microSD), that would be enough of a differentiator to sell a boat load of phones.

brent3000 said,
5MP cam only?

Looks like a mid range phone to me

Well, in fairness, it's an LG. Mid range would be their high range...

Haha, same here (sorry Tim - pictures say a thousand words as they say)

With the amazing wp7's coming out from Nokia...these mediocre offerings are going to have a hard time...I'm thinking...

UseLess said,
Haha, same here (sorry Tim - pictures say a thousand words as they say)

With the amazing wp7's coming out from Nokia...these mediocre offerings are going to have a hard time...I'm thinking...

Agreed. What really confuses me is why these OEM's continue to stick to this single form factor... Especially considering that, as much as I dislike LG, their other phones generally have some color to them... lol

LG this is a phone not a refrigerator. Please learn how to design stuff, please?

Edit: Sorry I was unnecessarily harsh on refrigerators there. Even they look more appealing than this.