LG Optimus Black Gets Hands-On at CES 2011
LG was able to do a great job implementing its mobile product launches at this year’s CES. The Optimus 2X was announced prior to the show as the very first Tegra2 dual-core mobile device, effectively stealing the thunder from NVIDIA and other companies also launching Tegra2 at CES; Wednesday LG launched the Optimus Black; and then Thursday it launched the LG Revolution as one of the very first LTE smartphones in the US and the G-Slate as one of the first tablets with Android 3.0 Honeycomb installed. It’s been a busy couple weeks for LG. The Optimus Black had its heyday Wednesday at the press conference, though by all technical specs it could be considered the Optimus 2X’s little brother. It’s the screen and the software that allow the Black to stay in the limelight. Yesterday, at the same time I got hands-on time with the Revolution, I got some time with the Black.
During CES 2011 I have noticed a theme beginning to develop amongst rival Android OEMs: whoever can throw in the coolest Android UI tricks into their phones wins. At least, that’s how it feels sometimes. For instance, the Optimus Black has quite a few cool little quirks thrown in for good measure that help make it a more user-friendly device. Given how light and thin the Black is, holding the Black was no burden to me at all. It was easy to grip, though the back isn’t as grippable due to its polished plastic surface.
Personally I do prefer seeing a soft rubber on the back for better gripping, but I understand that LG is trying to make the phone as thin as possible, thus using a thin and polished back instead. The back does feature a ever-so-slight arch which gives even greater illusion of being even thinner than it really is. The specs of the Black:
- 9.2 mm thin (the iPhone 4 is 9.3 mm)
- 4″ NOVA display, which is brighter and consumes less
power than standard LCD and AMOLED
- WiFi Direct
for seamless connection to other wireless devices
- Android 2.2, upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread
- Dual cameras: 8 MP rear, 2 MP front
- 1500 mAh battery
- Weighs 109g
- HSPA+ 4G connectibility
The LG Optimus Black doesn’t have any specific pricing or availability at this point in time, but the LG rep informed me that it will be released worldwide (most likely Europe and Asia first) during the first half of 2011 and eventually to the US at some point, depending on carrier interest. Below is the video and full photo gallery of the Black in all its glory.