Jan 05 AT 11:28 AM Taylor Wimberly 9 Comments

LG announces the super slim, super bright Black with Nova display

Today LG announced the Black, one of the world’s thinnest smartphones with the brightest display. The device measures in at an ultra slim 9.2 mm and tapers down to 6.0 mm to produce the thinnest smartphone profile we have ever seen.

This is the same phone we saw leaked last month as the LG “B” and most of the specs remain in tact. LG’s Nova display is designed to be the brightest, clearest, and most readable mobile screens. The Nova display offers 700 nits of brightness and reduces power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use compared to a conventional LCD.

We don’t have the full specs yet, but other device highlights include a 4-inch display, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, and a 1500 mAh battery. The LG Black will ship with Android 2.2, but it will be upgradeable to Android 2.3.

No mention was made of the processor, so we do not think this is a Tegra 2 phone like the LG Optimus 2X. Most likely LG used a Qualcomm Snapdragon or Texas Instruments OMAP3.

Look for the LG Black to be rolled out globally in the first half of 2011. No carrier partners were announced, but we still have CES press events for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon coming up later in the week.

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LG introduces next generation smartphone design and display with LG Optimus Black

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 Directâ„¢ 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.

Source: LG

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  • http://Website Freakfingers12

    Wow looking forward to seeing how that screen really looks like.

  • http://Website Andrew53517

    I hope they use that screen on the Revolution.. Or at least increase the Pixels and then I would be so happy!

  • http://Website Paul

    Silly Press Conference missing most of the spec, Led notification light??? Internal storage??? memory ??? camera spec ???

  • http://Website matt

    take that retina display. i always knew you wern’t the best.

    • http://Website Daniel

      Considering LG made the Retina display in the first place, I’m not surprised they were able to improve it.

      And seriously, do we really need this childish behavior? Can’t we just acknowledge that the Retina display was an excellent job? Even if we don’t use the iPhone ourselves, it creates the market pressure on the manufacturers to improve their Android offerings. I can’t wait to see HTC phones with good screens.

  • http://Website JaylanPHNX

    These super slim phones are nice, but I’d rather they be the same thickness as last year’s phones with bigger batteries. 1900mA/h anyone?

  • MC

    no dual-core, no interest…

  • http://Website Mike

    I like to see the look on iPhone users now. Almost every phone that was shown today at CES kicks the iPhone right out of the water. LG in the past years hasn’t made very good phones and TV’s, but man have they ever stepped up their game. Their TV’s now look amazing, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m might pick up this phone, or the Optimus 2X this year. If this phone has and HDMI port and a dual core, this would be my dream phone. Also, HTC, you dissapointed this year too. Where are the Dual Core phones???

  • http://Website Cesar

    This phone is only thinner than the iPhone by 0.1mm…

    Not a drastic difference…