#MWC11: LG Optimus Chat and Optimus Me P350 hands-on

Seeing how successful the LG Optimus One is (more than 2 million units have been sold until now), LG has decided to make more inexpensive Android smartphones.

Two of them are the LG Optimus Chat, and the LG Optimus Me P350 (aka LG Pecan), which have been largely ignored at LG’s MWC 2011 booth because everyone was amazed by the Optimus 3D and the Optimus Pad.

I did check out both handsets anyway. The Optimus Chat measures 109 x 59 x 16 mm, weighs 122 grams, and is a small Android 2.2 handset made out of cheap plastic. It features a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 2.8 inch QVGA display, 3G, pinch to zoom, and “gesture UI support for muting an incoming call”.

LG will launch the Optimus Chat in various color versions (including blue and pink), targeting it at young users. The handset’s exact price has not been unveiled.

The LG Optimus Me P350 also runs Android 2.2, but it doesn’t have a QWERTY keyboard. It looks a bit more serious than the Optimus Chat, and is LG’s “most affordable smartphone in H1 2011”, so it should cost less than $200. The Optimus Me features a 2.8 inch QVGA display, 3G, A-GPS, e-compass, pinch to zoom, 3MP camera (without flash), and a “powerful processor” (I doubt it’s one clocked at over 600MHz).

Both the LG Optimus Me and LG Optimus Chat will be available globally starting the next few months – they may even hit some markets before the end of February.

Author: Florin

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