LG adds two to its Optimus range

Nokia's not the only manufacturer to be unveiling new devices today. LG held a global virtual press conference to announce LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic, two handsets that despite being billed as "first-time smartphones" will be powered by the latest Android 2.2, also known as Froyo. Of course these aren't the only devices to run on Froyo, but it's difficult not to get excited about the prospect of up to two to three times faster and smoother internet browsing, web-page loading, firing up applications and multi-tasking. In addition, users will be able to dictate texts and emails, call up websites and even choose music with the Google Voice Actions. Another interesting update to Google's services is Google Goggles, which enables you to take a picture of a landmark or piece of foreign text and then either identify the landmark or translate the piece of text.


As for the phones themselves, both are touch-screen devices (the capacitive variety too), both offer portable Wi-Fi hotspots meaning you can hook up to a number of laptops with one single 3G connection, while the Optimus Chic is also DLNA compatible allowing you to play any multimedia content you have stored on a the phone on to a similarly compatible TV, AV system and laptop.

LG also hinted strongly at a future Windows 7 Optimus phone, by confirming that the Optimus range was not solely tied to the Android platform, while the manufacturer is currently working on a tablet device, though they wouldn't be drawn into when we might see it.


The LG Optimus One will be available from October, while the LG Optimus Chic will arrive in November. No pricing is currently available for either device.

LG Optimus One

Size: 113.5 x 59 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 129 g
OS: Android Froyo 2.2
Camera: Three-megapixel with auto-focus
Data speed: HSDPA
Extras: Wi-Fi, A-GPS

LG Optimus Chic

Size: 112.5 × 57.9 × 12.9 mm
Weight: 132 g
OS: Android Froyo 2.2
Camera: Five-megapixel with auto-focus
Data speed: HSDPA/HSUPA
Extras: Wi-Fi, A-GPS


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