May 08 AT 11:58 AM Edgar Cervantes 6 Comments

LG Optimus Black headed to Europe this month, then to North America and Asia

Gingerbread and dual-core phones have been taking the stage since CES, stealing all the attention from other devices that do not seem as impressive, but still compete. Such is the LG Optimus Black, which we have seen at CES and MWC (Mobile World Congress) along with all the big brothers.

LG has just announced that the LG Optimus Black will be released in Europe this month, followed by North America and Asia soon afterward. Specific dates are not given, but it should not be long until this device hits the U.S. According to LG, the Optimus Black has been pre-ordered by 56 network carriers in 50 countries, and will be available globally across six continents.

Though lacking that juicy dual-core power, the LG Optimus Black does have a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP3 processor, which is more than enough power to satisfy most consumers. This device is also only 9.2 mm thin, which is something that could be very attractive to many of you, but it could also give it a fragile feeling. Other important specs include a 4-inch NOVA display, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and Android 2.2 Froyo.

If you want to see more details on the performance of this device, check out our hands-on article and video for the LG Optimus Black, made by our friend Russell Holly. There is also a press release after the break. As always, we like to hear your opinions, so please do share some comments with us. Will you be purchasing one of these?

Show Press Release
SEOUL, May 8, 2011 — The LG Optimus Black, the stylishly slim and lightweight Android smartphone featuring the unique NOVA display, will make its international debut in Europe later this month.

Following successful unveilings at the Consumer Electronics Show and the Mobile World Congress, the LG Optimus Black has attracted pre-orders from 56 network carriers in 50 different countries. The phone will be available globally across six continents beginning in Europe before heading to North America and Asia.

“For smartphone users who appreciate both style and substance, the LG Optimus Black offers beauty, performance and mobility in one smart package,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG Optimus Black is a significant addition to our global Optimus portfolio and we think it’ll prove to be one of our most popular phones.”

Introducing LG’s new NOVA display technology, the LG Optimus Black provides optimal brightness and clarity that allows for enhanced readability. With higher levels of brightness and true blacks and whites for ideal handset viewing, the NOVA screen provides a more natural experience for web browsing while reducing power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use compared to conventional LCDs.

The sleek design of the phone is accentuated by the flush finish of the seamless 4-inch display to offer a smooth, undisrupted surface. This is complemented by the slim 9.2mm body and its unparalleled weight of only 109g.

The black version of LG Optimus Black will be available first followed by white and pink versions which will be introduced next month.

For more information and product images, please visit

Key Specifications:

4-inch NOVA Display (700 nits brightness)
Dimensions:122 x 64 x 9.2mm
Weight: 109g
1GHz processor (Texas Instruments OMAP3)
Wi-Fi Direct
5MP Rear Camera / 2MP Front Facing Camera
Gesture UI powered by Gyro-sensor
2GB Internal Memory and Micro SD up to 32GB
1,500 mAh Battery

Via: Android Central

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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    I wonder who’s gonna carry this phone in the states t-mobile sense they have the g2x? Lol. I know verizon has sumthing like it lg revolution.

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    poor specs

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    I’m really interested in seeing a screen comparison between the LG Black’s NOVA display and the Samsung Galaxy S II’s Super Amoled Plus display.

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      Check at:
      There is a comparison between NOVA – RETINA – Super AMOLED Plus

      NOVA is winner for brightness and outdoor view (very very important)
      RETINA is winner in resolution / text readability (second in brightness and outdoor view)
      Super AMOLED Plus is best in black & contrast
      For viewing angles, all phones are the same up to 100° (you don’t use a phone at 140°). Super AMOLED Plus is better on very wide viewing angles (for example 140°) but nobody cares.
      Colors for Super AMOLED Plus (as other AMOLED screens) are oversaturated (excessive, unnatural and not fair/true).
      Phonearena did found that NOVA was a little bit yellowish, but in other websites, NOVA is the whitest of all (and brightest of all). If you check up on the web, at how they all display photos, you will probably find that NOVA display better photos, especially when there are bright colours.

      Retina is done by LG.
      Phonearena rated RETINA the best display (resolution & accurate/balanced colours and specs), but Retina and Nova are much more the same. Super AMOLED Plus is intended for whom like oversatured and non natural colours (more easily noticeable with photos).

      You have to take in account too that there seems to be many concerns for AMOLED Screens (in general).
      Check out for keywords like “burn in” amoled or oled lifespan or “burn in” oled, etc.
      You will find many many witnesses from owners of phones with AMOLED screens or from customer (after sales) service technicians that are speaking about this “burn in” that is ghost image (who seems to be permanent) that they personally noticed, and linked to AMOLED technology (not LCD). Websites speaking about OLED (and AMOLED technology) warns saying that OLED/AMOLED screens are losing brightness much quicker than other screens, and that this decrease will continue during all their lifecycle.