Back in July we saw a render of the LG Optimus Slider for the first and only time. This Android-powered smartphone was then rumored to make it to Sprint, yet many months have passed and the Now Network still hasn’t launched it.
The LG Optimus Slider, previously known also as the LG Gelato Q or LG Q, is one of the many successors to the LG Optimus One. This one though is a little more special than the others, as it has a side-sliding full physical QWERTY keyboard, just like its name implies.
Anyway, we may now know why Sprint hasn’t launched the Optimus Slider. If Best Buy is to be believed, Sprint may have given up on launching the Slider, giving it to Virgin Mobile instead. The retailer already has a page up for Virgin’s Optimus Slider. There’s no release date in there, just a “coming soon” message, yet this page’s existence helps us clarify some things.
First of all, it confirms that this smartphone exists and will indeed be called Optimus Slider. Second, Best Buy also gives us a price: $199.99 without a contract. That’s pretty affordable indeed, and with that price this device will surely live up to its predecessor’s legacy. We’ll bring you more information as we get it.
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