Ahead of the Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona at the end of this month, LG has taken the covers off the Optimus G Pro featuring a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) curved glass display that pushes a pixel density of over 400ppi. LG says the curved glass creates a “2.5D” effect as well — whatever that means. The G Pro also packs an unspecified quad-core processor (which is pretty standard for most top-end devices nowadays).
Not much else has been revealed so you can expect full details at MWC. You can also expect the device to be available in Malaysia sometime before May, hopefully.
Is it just us or does the Optimus G Pro looks too much like a Galaxy Note II?
LG has just announced its latest 5″ smart phone, the Optimus VU II. It has just been 7 months since the original Optimus VU was introduced and already LG has released a successor so soon. The new Optimus VU II now gets an updated 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 S4 processor, bumped up 2GB of RAM and a bigger 2,150mAh battery. As comparison, previous version had 1GB of RAM and 2,080mAh battery.
It still maintains the same with a 5″ display that does 1024×768 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio. It is 9.4mm thick and weighs 159 grams. The Optimus VU II runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it also comes with NFC and wireless charging.
So far the announcement is for the Korean domestic market only. Originally seen as a competitor for Galaxy Note, this could be seen as a reaction to close the gap with the Note II that’s being rolling out globally.
We got some snippets of information about the Optimus Sol yesterday, today we got the official word from LG Malaysia on the details of the device.
Official details on the LG Optimus Sol includes a 9.8mm thin form factor, a 1GHz single-core processor and a 3.8-inch “Ultra AMOLED” display that LG claims offer high clarity and visibility even when viewed under bright sunlight. There’s also a 5MP camera and an power-optimised user interface Sol that LG refers to to as “Dark UI”. Dark UI uses less white light in the phone’s interface allowing battery life to be extended by 20 to 30 percent.
Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG says the “Optimus Sol stands out from its competitors as the most affordable 1 GHz Android Smartphone with an AMOLED display,”
In addition, he says the Sol focuses on being a “no-nonsense phone that boasts one of the best displays on the market” that’s “a real winner for consumers looking for a subtle but visually stunning phone.”
The Optimus Sol will be introduced in Europe beginning mid-September, followed by roll-outs in Central and South America later this year.
If you’re wondering, the LG Malaysia announcement follows a global release on the device, there’s still no word on whether it will be coming to Malaysia. And of course without a local availability date, there’s no local pricing as well.
Here’s a breakdown of the LG range of Android smartphones. At the top of the rung, we have the LG Optimus 2X, on the stylish mid-range side of things we have the LG Optimus Black, at the futuristic end we have the Optimus 3D. Now LG is looking to introduce an mid-range Android device into the market to complement an already decent line-up of phones (this is of course not forgetting the Optimus slider that may or may not come to Malaysia).
LG mid-range Android contender is called the Optimus Sol. “Sol” as you may or may not already know means sun in various languages but we’re not interested in linguistics today. So let’s get back down to business.
The Optimus Sol features a 3.8-inch display and packs a single-core 1GHz processor along with a 5MP camera and a VGA front camera. Running the whole show it runs on Android 2.3.
We have no word on whether the Sol will hit Malaysian stores but in the US, it is expected to retail for about RM1,280 which is not far off from the Optimus Black which retails for RM1,399 in Malaysia. So is there a market for the Optimus Sol here?
As far as we can tell there’s a strong demand for mid- to low-range Android phones currently in the country. Manufacturers with devices in this segment are enjoying brisk sales especially among the stronger brands like Samsung and Sony Ericsson. At the same time, LG is a name that is synonymous with value for money — it’s flagship Optimus 2X is the cheapest dual-core Android in the market. The Optimus Sol can find a footing in Malaysia but LG needs to boost its brand presence in the mobile device market to be taken seriously. And in a market that is already very noisy with big brands like Samsung, HTC and Sony Ericsson, it’s not going to be easy.
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The 3.2-inch Optimus One ran Android 2.2 with a 600MHz processor and a 3.2MP rear camera. Priced at RM899 at launch, the LG Optimus One is about half the price of similarly equipped HTC Legend/Aria and was the phone of choice for Android fans on a budget.
Nearly a year old the Optimus One is way overdue for a refresh. Not to be outdone by newer budget Androids like the rather talented Samsung Galaxy Ace, LG reveals not one but two replacements for it’s entry level Android.
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The LG Optimus Black is finally here in Malaysia at an attractive price tag of RM1399 from IMCC Network. The Optimus Black which looks similar to the LG Optimus 2X but it is LG’s slimmest smart phone at 9.2mm.
As mentioned in our earlier post, the key highlight of the Optimus Black is its NOVA display which offers half the power consumption of standard LCDs but offers the highest brightness performance at 700 nits. As comparison, the iPhone 4 does 571 nits while the Samsung Galaxy S pushes 347 nits. Its dual core sibling the Optimus 2X does 399 nits. On paper, this should give superior viewing outdoors.
Internally, it has a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, 512MB of RAM and a decent 2GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD. Another neat feature on the Optimus Black is a gesture UI which lets you perform regular task by simple hand gestures such as making calls or enabling the music player. All these for RM1399 is quite a steal considering its unique screen, decent specs and slim form factor.
More details of the specs at LG’s site here.
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LG Malaysia is seriously under-selling its products. It could be a result of our own ignorance but we strongly feel that there’s so much to talk about with regards to the current crop of LG smart phones coming to Malaysia within these two months, and yet we see very little of LG in the news or social media.
First of all is the LG Optimus 2X — the world’s fist dual-core Android smart phone. It’s available now in Malaysia, and there’s nary a news report about it in the mainstream media. We’re talking about the latest Android device with cutting edge dual-core performance at a ridiculously low price and it’s available here in Malaysia right now! There’s so much to talk about the Optimus 2X and yet no one is talking about the device. Its a tremendous opportunity missed in our opinion.
Next, we have the LG Optimus Black. LG Malaysia confirms that the device is heading to Malaysia this May.
The Optimus Black boasts LG’s proprietary NOVA display technology that LG claims to be the “brightest, clearest and most readable” mobile display in the market. The Optimus Black’s NOVA display pushes out a whopping 700 nits of display brightness. In comparison, the iPhone 4’s Retina Display pushes 571 nits, the Nexus S (Super AMOLED) pushes 371 nits, Samsung Galaxy S (Super AMOLED) 347 nits. The Optimus Black’s stablemate, the Optimus 2X pushes 399 nits via its standard LCD screen with IPS.
The 700 nits brightness performance of the NOVA display would mean that outdoor viewing under bright sunlight is not going to be a problem for the Optimus Black and we’re pretty interested to see how the display will perform outdoors but we’d also like to point out that brightness is just one part of the display equation. Contrast, sharpness, black performance, colour reproduction and viewing angles must all be taken into account when assessing a display.
Another advantage of LG’s NOVA display is its lower power consumption by up to 50% less when compared to standard LCDs. LG also says that when displaying a full white screen, non-backlit AMOLED screens uses twice as much power as the NOVA display.
Other than that the Optimus Black features a 4.0-inch 480×800 screen. It runs on a 1Ghz processor (TI OMAP 3630) with 512MB RAM and 2GB internal storage expandable to 32GB with a microSD card. OS wise the Optimus Black is running Android 2.2 with Optimus UI 2.0 skin that also comes with Gesture UI which is an interface that allows you to use gestures such as lifting and shaking the device to execute commands like answering a call or playing music.
Imaging comes in the form of a 5MP rear camera with 720p 30fps video recording and a 2MP front camera. For connectivity, the Optimus Black supports DLNA media sharing as well as WiFi hotspot features. Dimensions wise, LG claims the Optimus Black is the world’s thinnest smart phone being just 6.0mm thin at it’s thinnest point and 9.2mm thin at its thickest point. In comparison, the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is 8.7mm thin at its thinnest point while the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thin.
Although LG Malaysia has confirmed that the Optimus Black will be coming in May, it didn’t mention specifically what date and how much.
Head on over to after the jump for a full press release from LG Malaysia and a promo video of the Optimus Black.
This is all unconfirmed obviously but we have it on good authority that the Samsung Galaxy S II — yes, the dual-core next-generation Android — is very likely to make its Malaysian debut in May. No prizes for guessing which telco is going to take exclusivity for this device. We’re thinking that it will most probably be Maxis.
Adding more weight this is the earlier confirmation from Gregory Lee, the CEO of Samsung Asia that the Galaxy S II is coming to Singapore in April. We don’t have the exact dates at the moment but May is looking positively firm for the Galaxy S II to hit Malaysia.
In the meantime, if you want to get in on some dual-core Android action sooner, Celcom and LG will be showcasing the the LG Optimus 2X at the Sepang International Circuit in conjunction with the F1 weekend happening this April 8 – 10.
No word on whether there will be units for sale at the showcase or when the LG Optimus 2X will be coming to Malaysia but we would think our guess wont be far off if we say that the LG super phone will be launched close to when Samsung’s Galaxy S II launch.
Also, its really weird for LG to have a demo booth all the way in Sepang when they can very easily generate more interest and even pre-bookings if they erect a booth at Mid Valley or KLCC, but what do we know. What we also don’t know is whether you will need to purchase an F1 ticket if you want to catch the showcase. Let’s hope you don’t have to. The journey all the way there is daunting enough already.
In any case, for those of you who are holding out your smart phone purchase to wait and see what the dual-core Androids have to offer, it looks like May could be your month.
The LG Optimus 3D is looking like the hottest Android device to date with its claim as the world’s first dual-core phone with dual channel memory and ability to record 3D video.
Most people will know the advantages of having dual-core processor but what about the benefits of dual channel memory? LG explains it in layman terms with an example of a production factory.
Check out the video after the jump
LG has finally reveal its Optimus 3D at MWC boasting as the world’s first smart phone that comes with a stereoscopic screen, allowing you to view 3D without the need of glasses. Not only can you watch 3D content, the Optimus 3D also lets you capture 3D videos as well thanks to its dual camera set up at the rear.
In terms of hardware, the LG Optimus 3D offers a 1GHz dual-core OMAP 4 processor from Texas Instrumental, dual-channel memory for maximum throughput and dual memory set up (8GB + 4GB LP DDR2). The screen is 4.3″ wide and supports a resolution of 800×480. In terms of connectivity, it supports HSPA+, DLNA for wireless media streaming and HDMI 1.4. The 5MP camera is capable of shooting 1080p HD videos in 2D and a lower 720p HD videos in 3D format.
At the moment, it is launched with Android 2.2 Froyo pre-installed and 2.3 Gingerbread update is expected to come later on. Android Central, reporting live from Barcelona has posted a quick hands-on with the Optimus 3D and they seem to be pretty impressed by the 3D capabilities. Of course, it is hard to tell from the video and we can’t wait to try it out ourselves.
Check out more pics and hands-on video after the jump