Verizon now selling LG G Vista phablet, rugged Kyocera Brigadier with Sapphire Shield display

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: July 31, 2014

LG G Vista Verizon official

Verizon Wireless customers in the hunt for a new smartphone have two new devices to choose from this morning: one with a gigantic screen and other with a ruggedized body.

Verizon is now selling the LG G Vista on its website. This new smartphone from the Life’s Good crew features a 5.7-inch 1280x720 display and 1.3-megapixel camera on its face along with an 8-megapixel shooter on its backside. Crammed inside of its 9.1mm-thick frame is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (3.76GB available to user), a microSD slot with support for 64GB cards and a 3200mAh battery.

The LG G Vista comes preloaded with Android 4.4.2 running beneath LG’s custom user experience. That custom UX includes features like the Knock Code unlock feature, Dual Window for running two apps simultaneously and customizable navigation buttons.

The LG G Vista is priced at $99.99 with a two-year commitment or 20 payments of $19.99 per month with the Verizon Edge upgrade program. Consumers that’d prefer to go the contract-free route will pay $399.99 full retail for the G Vista.

Kyocera Brigadier Verizon official

Also launched today is the Kyocera Brigadier. This ruggedized Android smartphone meets MilSpec 810G for resistance to dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, humidity and more. It’s also waterproof and rustproof. Rounding out the the Brigadier’s toughened body is its durable Sapphire Shield display.

When it comes to the Brigadier’s “regular” specs, we’re looking at a 4.5-inch “HD” display, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD card slot with support for 32GB cards, wireless charging support and a 3100mAh battery. Kyocera has also thrown in some more special features like Smart Sonic Receiver, dual front speaker, glove and wet touchscreen compatibility, and an EcoMode.

Pricing for the Android 4.4-powered Kyocera Brigadier is identical to the LG G Vista: $99.99 with a two-year contract, 20 payments of $19.99 per month with Verizon Edge and $399.99 full retail.

Via Verizon Wireless: LG G Vista, Kyocera Brigadier

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