LG has officially announced back in May that its Optimus Black Android smartphone would eventually be launched in North America. However, back then we had no idea what carrier or carriers would sell LG’s device. In the meantime, Telus has emerged as one company that’s going to sell the Optimus Black, but so far there’s been no info on a possible launch in the USA.
Until today, that is, when PocketNow uncovered the fact that the LG Optimus Black may be headed to no less than four different carriers: Sprint, Alltel, US Cellular, as well as Virgin Mobile. While that list doesn’t include any of the two ‘big guns’ in the US, Verizon or AT&T, it does pretty much include all the well known smaller carriers, alongside Sprint.
According to the aforementioned source, the Optimus Black will have model number US855 on US Cellular, LS855 on Sprint, AS855 on Alltel, and VM855 on Virgin Mobile.
Now all that’s left is for these carriers to finally officially announce this handset. But that’s still probably a few weeks away. Anyway, you’ll soon be able to get an LG Optimus Black in the US, if for some reason you were anxious to do so.
The Optimus Black launched elsewhere has a 4-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash, 2 MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, 1 GHz TI processor, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB of internal storage, and 1500 mAh battery. We have no reason at this time to believe that the Optimus Black that the US carriers will sell will be any different in terms of specs, but we’ll have to wait and see. The Optimus Black runs Android 2.2 Froyo out of the gate but is upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so perhaps the US carriers will launch it with the latest version of Android on board from the onset? One can hope.
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