Verizon unveils LG Lucid midrange LTE Android phone

The new LG Lucid smartphone will hit Verizon's 4G LTE network for $80 on March 29.

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Hot on the heels of the handset's leaked details, Verizon just made the LG Lucid official. The modestly specked device will cost $79.99 (with a 2-year contract), run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM.

The LG Lucid's screen is a roomy 4-inch display coated by tough Gorilla Glass treatment. For one-handed text entry there's Swype's virtual keyboard software along with Android's stock virtual keys. Shutterbugs probably won't find the Lucid's 5-megapixel camera very impressive but LG does claim it will shoot video at a full 1080p HD.

The real draw for consumers will likely be the LG Lucid's 4G LTE data connection. While much faster than ordinary 3G wireless access, it doesn't come cheap. Plans start at $30 per month (2GB) on top of traditional voice service. Verizon says the Lucid will arrive in stores shortly, on March 29.

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