The smartphone market is wonderfully diverse, with a seemingly endless range of options to suit just about all tastes. Not everyone purchases a top-of-the-range handset, after all, although many of us lust after the latest flagships, even if we cannot afford them.
It looks like LG is preparing to launch such a device, with some pretty tasty specs that may have some drooling in anticipation. Intriguingly, unlike most rumours that emerge of devices before they are announced, this information comes not from some anonymous source, but straight from the website of one of America’s major carriers.
Credit for the find goes to myLGphones.com, which dug out a User Agent Profile (UAProf) on Sprint’s site, referring to a device identified as the LS990. myLGphones.com speculates that this device will come to market as the LG G3, successor to the company’s successful G2 which went on sale last year.
The LS990 model number may appear, at a glance, to be at odds with info revealed by @evleaks last month, who hinted that the G3’s designation was actually D850 (which seems to make more sense, given that the G2’s model number was D802/3). However, it is not uncommon for Sprint's LG devices to get a completely different identifier; for example, the curved LG G Flex carried the D950 model number on AT&T, but was designated LS995 on Sprint.
But even if you have doubts over all the various model numbers, there is no denying the existence of the UAProf on Sprint’s site, including an abundance of detail on the device’s specs, indicating that the LS990 is more than just the product of some wishful thinking.
The Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) handset features a mighty 3GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch display with Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440px), giving a pixel density of 534ppi. There’s also a 2MP camera up front, and a 13MP shooter around the back; despite the high resolution of the display, however, the rear camera won’t record 2K video, with video capture maxing out at 1080p resolution.
32GB of onboard storage is included, along with support for microSD cards up to 64GB. There's also a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 SoC; this is the same chipset that features in many flagships, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Nokia Lumia Icon and LG’s own G2.
Questions regarding availability and pricing remain unanswered for now, but all the signs point to this device being real and destined for Sprint. If this is the G3, though, it’s a pretty safe bet that Sprint won’t be the only US network to offer it.
Editor's note: This article's headline was updated after publishing to better clarify the resolution of the LS990's display.