LG Releases Android 2.2-Based Optimus Black Smartphone

LG Releases Android 2.2-Based Optimus Black Smartphone

When you get a good thing going, you keep it going if you know what's good for you. Samsung has seen a massive hit with their Galaxy line of products, and LG's Optimus line hasn't been too poorly either. The company has recently released a brand new phone in the Optimus line, the Optimus Black. The main highlight feature here is the NOVA display, which is LG's attempt to rival the Super AMOLED and ClearBlack alternatives from rival phone makers. Ever since Apple introduced the Retina Display on the iPhone 4, other phone companies have really been concerned about the quality and labeling of their screens. And LG's no different.

The Optimus Black is an Android 2.2-powered smartphone, with a slim 9.2mm profile, the new, clearer NOVA display, a 1500mAh battery, an Optimus 2.0 user interface, and support for Wi-Fi Direct for quick data transfers between Wi-Fi devices. There's also a 2MP front-facing camera, and LG has promised that this phone will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 whenever that build is released. The phone will see release worldwide in the first half of this year, with no pricing details set in stone just yet.

LG introduces next generation smartphone design and display with LG Optimus Black

New LG Optimus Black Delivers Breakthrough NOVA Display Technology in the World's Slimmest Smartphone Device

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) announced today it will unveil a new Android smartphone, LG Optimus Black, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 6th in Las Vegas. Providing users with a dramatically brighter 4-inch NOVA display in the world's slimmest 9.2 mm mobile device, LG Optimus Black creates a one-of-a-kind user experience unlike anything before.

Available for the first time in the mobile market, LG Optimus Black's NOVA display is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. LG Optimus Black provides users with an easier and more natural experience when browsing the web, reading emails, or writing documents with higher levels of brightness and pure white tones that deliver true black and white colors for ideal handset viewing. NOVA technology featured on LG Optimus Black also enables users to maintain visibility whether indoors or outdoors under strong sunlight.

In addition to greater luminosity, the NOVA display on LG Optimus Black also radically reduces power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use compared to a conventional LCD. Similarly, AMOLED consumes twice as much power as NOVA to display a full white screen, the most frequently used color scheme for web browsing. Combined with the 1500 mAh battery of the LG Optimus Black, users will have enough power for their daily needs, even at maximum brightness settings.

Users will never be out of style with the LG Optimus Black's ultra slim 9.2 mm design. Making a strong visual statement, LG Optimus Black weighs only 109g and offers sleek lines and smooth edges that improve handheld grip. Tapering down to the world's thinnest smartphone profile of 6.0 mm, LG Optimus Black's subtle back arch helps to create the illusion of even greater slimness. Unique to the LG Optimus Black, the flush and flawless finish of the front display is achieved by innovatively hiding the Invisible Receiver behind the edges of the phone.

"We are excited to introduce this stylish new Android smartphone and expect the LG Optimus Black to play a key role in the mobile market," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "LG Optimus Black reflects our core strengths of advanced technology, in both display and design, offering the world's brightest screen and the world's slimmest design in an attractive and smart package."

The LG Optimus Black also offers a set of smarter features designed for easy and faster access to important apps and content. Optimus UI 2.0 lets users directly access messages, emails and missed calls from the locked screen with just one single finger tap. The Gesture UI offers more intuitive commands, including lifting, shaking and tapping, for taking calls, entering camera mode, or enjoying music. LG Optimus Black also introduces the world's first Wi-Fi Direct™ for quick and high-quality data transfer between mobile devices and adopts the world's first 2MP front-facing camera.

All LG Optimus Black features are available on the Android 2.2 Froyo platform with Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade capability. Utilizing the 2MP front-facing camera, LG Optimus Black allows users to utilize video telephony functions of higher quality after upgrading to Android's Gingerbread.

The LG Optimus Black will be rolled out globally in the first half of 2011.
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This unit is nice. I have also seen Motorola advertising the Atrix as the Atrix4G which is Sprint's call sign (as in the EVO4G) where Verizon's has generally been the Droid! I wonder what carrier will have this one?

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I'll be honest, after using LG products (I worked for Home Depot, and prior to that The Brick), I am not at all happy with them. I get to go to certain training sessions and seminars, so once in a while, i win/ get gifts:

over the past 3-4 years:

So far i've received a GPS LN730... First one refused to catch a signal. I casually asked if something could be done. 2nd one, the touch screen was faulty and finally, the 3rd one they gave me, a refurbished unit, WORKED!! but its missing the tiny reset button. As in, the pin hole is empty. The button was popped off its spring, i had to wait for the battery to drain when it frooze once.

I've also received a dvd player, stopped working 6 months down the line.

32 inch LCD TV (I cant recall the model number), clonked of on the 13th months. I sold it for 200$ for parts, the guy who bought it said he regretted it, cause some crazy capacitor blew or something.

24 LG W2442PA-BF inch LCD computer monitor (the VGA input doesnt work regardless of source)

Though i didnt care as i got the stuff for free, one would expect a certain degree of reliability.

The only thing i have that has worked flawlessly the past 3 years is the Microwave.

Perhaps i'm just unlucky with free things, but i'm not going to buy any LG product thats for sure!! hahah

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