Those looking to get a taste of the LG G3 on Sprint’s network but don’t want or aren’t able to cough up the cost of what it takes to pick up the handset, will be able to grab a somewhat slimmed down version of the device starting this Friday. Sprint has announced that beginning on September 19th, they will be offering the LG G3 Vigor at a non contract price of $299, giving consumers a chance to have the style of the LG G3 without the price. That drop in cost of course also means a drop in specs, as the Vigor loses the 3GB of RAM and instead sports 1GB, and forfeits the QHD screen resolution for a 5-inch IPS display with 720p resolution.
Although it doesn’t have a complete focus on selfies, Sprint and LG mention that the LG G3 Vigor was designed with selfies in mind, touting a 1.3MP front facing camera that features a front facing a soft light that is supposed to make for brighter images thanks to the illuminated border that surrounds the display. In addition to this LG has added in the capability to activate the shutter using gestures. Although the rear facing camera isn’t quite up to par with the original G3’s 13MP shooter, it does carry the same laser auto-focus paired with an 8MP rear camera for an enhanced, quicker focus ability on the subject of the picture.
The Vigor will also be taking on the G3’s knock code feature, as well as the smart cleaning feature to help optimize your phone to run as smooth as possible by notifying the user about unused temporary files being stored on the device. It’ll be running Android 4.4.2 kit kat out of the box, and carries a 2540mAh battery inside. For storage, the Vigor sports 8GB of internal memory but can expand to an additional 32GB via microSD. It comes in burgandy red or metallic black, and if customers aren’t keen on spending the $299 up front Sprint is allowing the option of $0 down and $12.50 a month for customers who are enrolled in the Sprint Easy Pay option, basically financing the phone over a series of 24 monthly payments. Event though it is a watered down mid-range version of the LG G3, it doesn’t seem to bad of a device, especially if you can’t afford the higher cost of the G3. Customers will be able to grab the device through all normal sales channels, which includes retail locations, the online store and of course Sprint’s telesales and Business sales channels.