LG aims smartphones at sports fans, corporate IT

Firm touts ESPN and VMware links on different devices

LAS VEGAS -- LG Electronics today unveiled its latest smartphone, highlighting its ability to stream sports.

The company also said it is packaging its LG Revolution phones to be IT friendly.

The company's latest phone is the LG Spectrum, with a 4.5 inch display and a resolution of 1280 x 720 at 329 pixels per square inch that appears to be roughly in line with Apple's pixel count.

It will be sold by Verizon starting Jan. 19 for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

The phone has a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM.

At the press conference today at the Consumer Electronics Show here, the company highlighted its ability to stream sports, and promised HD access to ESPN's ScoreCenter.

LG largely produces consumer products, such as washing machines, televisions, and refrigerators, one with the ability to chill a can to "frosty" conditions in 5 minutes.

The company also said it is networking all of its devices together, and giving users remote management capability.

On its LG Revolution telephones, the company is making an effort to be both business and consumer friendly.

The LG Revolutions cell phones are integrating VMware, enabling it to operate two Android operating systems on a single device, one for work and other for personal. This allows IT organizations to apply IT policies on the business OS, the company said.

LG Spectrum
The LG Spectrum was unveiled today at CES.

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