LG Optimus Black: Twin brother of iPod Touch?!!

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Another company that is participating in the Las Vegas CES 2011 is LG, they’ve already announced a number of products like LG Smart TV and a number of new smartphone like a series of LG Optimus handset, LG Neon II and LG Octane that has a slideout QWERTY keyboard on the side. But one smartphone did caught my attention is the LG Optimus Black, which at first look, you could have mistaken it for an Apple iPod Touch, only with the LG logo at the top.

LG Optimus Black

Though the LG Optimus Black has a much larger 4″ screen compare to the 3.5″ display of an iPod touch. The LG Optimus Black also has uses a different display techlogy called NOVA display that reduces the power consumption on LG Optimus Black by 50 percent, when you compare that to an AMOLED display which consumes twice as much power.

The LG Optimus Black also is considered as “the world’s slimmest 9.2 mm mobile device” which is almost the same thickness of iPhone 4 (9.3 mm) and the LG Optimus Black was designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness. No to mention that LG Optimus Black will be powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) platform and upgradable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

The LG Optimus Black will be available in the first half of 2011 but no price have been announced yet, you can read the Press Release below for more details.

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.

For more information and product images, please visit LG’s online press kit at www.lgnewsroom.com/CES2011.

Last modified: January 6, 2011

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