LG to launch the Optimus Black this month in Europe

May 8, 2011
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LG has announced that the LG Optimus Black is heading for a little European vacation as it launches later this month. The super thin, ultra bright phone will be available worldwide after receiving pre-orders from over 50 countries. The plan is to start in Europe and then phase across six continents, ending with North America and Asia. Likely through AT&T and T-Mobile.

"For smartphone users who appreciate both style and substance, the LG Optimus Black offers beauty, performance and mobility in one smart package," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "LG Optimus Black is a significant addition to our global Optimus portfolio and we think it’ll prove to be one of our most popular phones."

With it's single core TI OMAP3 1 Ghz processor and 3G connectivity, it may not be as high performance than some, but it makes up for it with it's .36" thickness and 3.84 ounce weight. Couple that with the 4 inch NOVA display, and you have a very bright and colorful presentation (700 nits to be exact). In addition, the Optimus Black has what has become pretty standard in Android handsets with a 5MP rear facing and 2MP forward facing camera. It runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) out of the box and has 2GB of internal memory and a microSD slot that can take up to 32GB.

Originally announced at CES in January, the LG Optimus really caught eyes at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Since then, Android fans have been awaiting anxiously for it's appearance by flooding LG with preorders from over 50 different countries. Now it looks as if the wait is almost over. But with the trend moving towards dual-core high performance chips, running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and 4G connectivity, could the window be closing for Optimus Black?

SEOUL, May 8, 2011 - The LG Optimus Black, the stylishly slim and lightweight Android smartphone featuring the unique NOVA display, will make its international debut in Europe later this month.

Following successful unveilings at the Consumer Electronics Show and the Mobile World Congress, the LG Optimus Black has attracted pre-orders from 56 network carriers in 50 different countries. The phone will be available globally across six continents beginning in Europe before heading to North America and Asia.

"For smartphone users who appreciate both style and substance, the LG Optimus Black offers beauty, performance and mobility in one smart package," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "LG Optimus Black is a significant addition to our global Optimus portfolio and we think it’ll prove to be one of our most popular phones."

Introducing LG’s new NOVA display technology, the LG Optimus Black provides optimal brightness and clarity that allows for enhanced readability. With higher levels of brightness and true blacks and whites for ideal handset viewing, the NOVA screen provides a more natural experience for web browsing while reducing power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use compared to conventional LCDs.

The sleek design of the phone is accentuated by the flush finish of the seamless 4-inch display to offer a smooth, undisrupted surface. This is complemented by the slim 9.2mm body and its unparalleled weight of only 109g.

The black version of LG Optimus Black will be available first followed by white and pink versions which will be introduced next month.

For more information and product images, please visit www.lgnewsroom.com.

Key Specifications:

* 4-inch NOVA Display (700 nits brightness)
* Dimensions:122 x 64 x 9.2mm
* Weight: 109g
* 1GHz processor (Texas Instruments OMAP3)
* Wi-Fi Direct
* 5MP Rear Camera / 2MP Front Facing Camera
* Gesture UI powered by Gyro-sensor
* 2GB Internal Memory and Micro SD up to 32GB
* 1,500 mAh Battery

[via Phandroid]


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