It’s no Nexus 4, but that isn’t to say that LG Spectrum 2, previously the Optimus LTE II (just a tad East of here) isn’t worth a look, especially if you’re in the market for a budget minded Android handset.

No word on an official release date, but Verizon Wireless says to expect it in the “coming weeks”.  So in other words you can probably expect a launch date sometime probably around the week of the 12th, though that’s total conjecture on our behalf.  That said, the Spectrum 2 will set you back $99.99 after a 2-year contract, but as always that price will drop rather rapidly following the initial launch month.

Specs for the Spectrum 2, while not amazing, are solid for its price.  Under the hood is a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, while a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display is center to the action.  An 8-megapixel camera capture full HD videos.  The Spectrum 2 will ship with a set of NFC tags, or stickers, allowing you to instantly change the phones settings simply by holding the handset close by.  They’re fully reprogrammable and can be used in the car, office, bedroom, or any where you desire.  How many are included we don’t know.

But we do know that a special battery cover is included allowing the Spectrum 2 to be charged wirelessly, provided of course you purchase the sold separately wirelessly charging pad.  Other features include 4G connectivity, a front facing 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB (or 32GB) storage, Global ready compatibility, and Android 4.0.  No official word on when and if an Android update will arrive, but safe to assume a handset of this age will receive it when available.

Update: The Spectrum 2 is on sale today at Verizon Wireless’ website.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."