For a middling “Lite” variation of a not-so-popular phablet, the LG G Vista, aka G Pro 2 Lite, sure spent a lofty amount of time in the public eye. And amazingly, the yet-to-be-announced mid-range 5.7 incher remains in the spotlight, as rumors of a Verizon bow on July 18 obviously didn’t pan out.
According to a fairly credible internal document of the nation’s number one carrier, the G Vista will ultimately become available on Big Red this week. Specifically, on July 31, so in roughly 72 hours. No word on how much you’ll be asked to pay starting Thursday, but it might be less than you imagined thus far.
Which would be splendid news if didn’t mean we’re now anticipating LG cut (way too) many corners hardware-wise. Granted, the mostly satisfying quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip is still on the table, and so is the beefy 3,200 mAh battery.
However, the gargantuan 5.7-inch display is tipped as a qHD unit, not an HD. So 960 x 540 pixels, not 1,280 x 720. Ergo, the G Vista looks more like a rehash of last year’s G Pro Lite than a full-fledged sequel.
What’s interesting (read odd) is a leaked user manual hints at a G Vista version designed specifically for AT&T as well, which tipsters claim will not make the same sacrifices and instead sport a 720p screen. The plot thickens further with gossip of 1.5 GB RAM pre-installed on Verizon’s G Vista, but just 1 gig on the D631 model headed for AT&T. Anyone else beyond confused?