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Mystery LG Windows Phone passes through FCC

Unannounced device looks destined for Sprint

By MARK JONES

Published: 5 April, 2012

READ MORE: US | LG Corp | Handset | Windows Phone

While there may be some promising Windows Phones that have been released and are due to be released this year it's fair to say there aren't an awful lot of them. One more device can be added to the list however as an unannounced handset running Windows Phone has been spotted passing through the FCC and it looks like it's headed to Sprint. The handset hasn't got an official name yet and is currently known as the LG LS831.

Specs are thin on the ground where the LS831 is concerned but the FCC filing does reveal it has a rear-facing 5mp camera and front-facing camera as well as a headphone jack and microUSB port. The main thing to be gleaned from the filing though is that it's been given the OK to run on Sprint's 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA bands. Some pictures accompanied the info but didn't show the phone with any carrier specific branding and suggest that it isn't going to be one of the bigger Windows Phones.


If the mystery smartphone is in fact going to arrive at Sprint then it will be the carrier's first handset running the platform since the HTC Arrive in 2011. Whispers have emerged recently of an LTE equipped Windows Phone due to launch with the company later in the year but the LG LS831 doesn't appear to be it.

The handset which was the subject of rumours last month is said to be packing a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor. It's been said that Sprint has shared its LTE specifications with Nokia suggesting that it might be made by the Finnish company but other sources claim that its maker is a mystery.

A launch in Fall is rumoured for the Qualcomm processor packing handset while the FCC filing makes it seem likely that the LS831 will be released sooner.

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