By Anton D. Nagy | December 9, 2010 8:35 AM
The LG Optimus 7 handset we recently reviewed is (so far) a European device but we might see it on AT&T’s network in the U.S. soon as it passed FCC with frequency bands indicating complete compatibility with the carrier.
The device currently available on the market supports European bands only — that is GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz and UMTS 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz. Adding the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands for both GSM and WCDMA would make it a great U.S. candidate with AT&T that already has its sibling, the LG Quantum (aka LG Optimus 7Q) in its Windows Phone 7 line-up. The LG Optimus 7 sports a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3.8-inch WVGA TFT screen, 16GB of internal memory, WiFi 802.11b / g / n with DLNA, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash that doubles as an HD camcorder, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS support, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1,500mAh battery.
While passing FCC with AT&T bands doesn’t necessarily mean the device will ever arrive to the carrier, it’s good to know that an actual prototype was built and approved and that the manufacturer can always enter the market freely if they decided so. Case in point is Samsung, whose Windows Phone 7-powered Omnia 7 also recently received FCC approval, but may or may not see a US rollout to join its Focus named sibling.