Among the electronic goodies unveiled today at CES 2012 in Las Vegas was LG's new 4G LTE Verizon smartphone, the Spectrum. The phone's big selling feature is its 1280 x 720-pixel high-definition display - it is billed as "the first smartphone for Verizon Wireless to feature a 4.5-inch True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, the same display technology used in premium LG HD televisions."

The Spectrum also includes a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and exclusive HD access to ESPN's ScoreCenter application - this includes live game details such as stats, news and video.

Additional features include:

  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available the first half of 2012); support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to Android Market
  • Preloaded Netflix app
  • Support for Dolby Digital Plus, which allows users to stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound through home entertainment systems
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat
  • SmartMovie HD app, to create and edit HD videos on the phone
  • Mobile Hotspot capability, to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Bluetooth Version 3.0
  • 16 GB microSD card pre-installed with support for up to 32 GB
  • SmartShare, to share media wirelessly to DLNA-enabled devices
  • HDMI mirroring capable via MHL

The LG Spectrum will be available as of January 19th in Verizon Wireless stores and via the Verizon website, for US$199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.