The Verizon-bound LG Optimus Zone 3 had leaked out last month, but this time around, big red has made it official. The entry-level smartphone will now be available on Verizon Wireless, as per an announcement by the largest wireless carrier in the US. The device will cost only $69.99 for subscribers signing up for the carrier's simplified prepaid service plans that start at $30 for unlimited talk and text. While the $30 plan allows users to access the internet via Wi-Fi, for those wanting cellular data, Verizon's simplified prepaid plans offer 1 GB of LTE data for $45 and and 3 GB of data for a monthly payout of $60. All of that, without any contractual obligation or extra charges like access fee or device payment, etc.
Coming to LG's latest entry-level model on Verizon, the Optimus Zone 3 features a 4.5-inch display that the carrier claims is "best in class". The smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor of unspecified make, according to the listing on Verizon's official website. the phone is also said to be powered by "Android Lollipop operating system", without specifying the particular version. There's no word on the amount of RAM either, but the phone is advertised as carrying "32 GB of expandable memory". As for cameras, the device will come with a 5-megapixel primary shooter on the rear and a 2-megapixel selfie-cam on the front that actually comes with a selfie-flash. Verizon also makes it a point to mention that the default camera app on the handset includes gesture shot.
There's no word on whether the Optimus Zone 3 will remain a US-only product or if it will get a wider release globally, even if by any other name. However, seeing as the Zone 3's predecessors were US-exclusive, the chances of that happening are probably slim to none. Either way, LG Electronics seems to be on a smartphone launching spree right now, especially in the entry and mid-range segments. Only recently, the company introduced as many as three new handsets, dubbed the K10, the K7 and the K4, as part of its brand new 'K Series' of affordably-priced smartphones that are slated to replace the 'L Series' of mid-rangers that never quite gathered the sort of traction that the South Korean company would have hoped for. While the K10 and the K7 were demoed at the recently-concluded CES 2016 event at Las Vegas, the K4 was shown off on an official promo video released by the company earlier this week.