Over this past weekend, we got a look at a leaked Radio Shack document discussing the launch of the LG Thrill 4G on AT&T. According to that material, the smartphone would go up for sale on August 7 with a shockingly low price of around $80 on-contract. That seemed almost too good to be true, so we’ve been awaiting confirmation from the carrier on both the release date and retail price. While AT&T isn’t going to give us too much help pinning down just when the Thrill 4G will launch, the revelation of a $99 sticker price shows us that, surprisingly, this really is going to be a budget-priced smartphone.
The Thrill 4G’s primary competition is going to be the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint, as the only two no-glasses-required 3D smartphones in the States. The EVO 3D, though, costs nearly $200 on-contract. While the EVO 3D may have a faster processor, more RAM, and a higher-resolution screen, we have a feeling that sales of these two models are going to be driven primarily by their 3D features. When a consumer sees two models to choose from, and one’s half the other’s cost, it could be hard to rationalize paying double for just a few boosted specs.
AT&T may not have confirmed the Thrill 4G’s launch date, but it did say it will arrive in the coming weeks. That at least supports the notion that we could be looking at a launch sometime around August 7.